By Cara L. Dempski
It took a little over two hours on the road for the Lady Hilltoppers to get to their most recent opponent last Tuesday.
Head coach Christa Blaser indicated the team left the high school shortly after 2 p.m. September 5 to make it to Northwestern High School in Maple in time for her junior varsity players to get suited up and mentally prepared for their 5 p.m. game.
[emember_protected] The Lady Hilltoppers kicked off homecoming week for Glenwood City with a final non-conference contest before taking their show on the road for their first Dunn-St. Croix challenge later in the week.
The Toppers started the week of September 11 with home match-up against the Cumberland Beavers. The GC squad was blanked in three sets by the visiting team to head into its conference season with a 2-7 record overall.
The Hilltoppers face Spring Valley on the road September 14 before taking on Plum City at home September 19.
The varsity team hit the court at 7 p.m., playing four sets before falling to the Wildcats 1-3. Their overall record was 2-6 as the team prepared to face Cumberland in one last non-conference contest before heading to Spring Valley for Glenwood City’s first Dunn-St. Croix match of this season.
The Lady Toppers took a 25-8 beatdown in the first set against the Wildcats before fighting their way to a 28-26 loss in the second. The Hilltoppers copped a 25-18 win in the third before succumbing to Northwestern 25-19 in the final set.
The team’s serving percentage was 97, and the Hilltoppers landed 27 kills in the match.
Tressa Peskar is credited with eight kills, Jenesa Klinger logged five, and Michaela Nyhus and Maddy Oehlke each recorded four kills.
Glenwood City’s head volleyball coach, Christa Blaser, is usually an optimist when it comes to her team’s chances.
In this season’s preview, the Topper coach noted she has the team set realistic goals, and is proud when the squad has to keep striving for new, bigger outcomes as the season progresses. The team has already achieved at least one of its goals, which means it is time to set some new ones.
First, though, the Lady Hilltoppers need to get their heads back in the game after a lackluster performance against Cumberland September 11.
“It was a tough night for our girls,” Blaser said. “By the third game, they were gassed, which is not okay. I thought after the second game, they could pull it together, but they had a lot of errors in the third game and they gave up.”
Glenwood City had a rough go of things in the first game, falling to Cumberland 25-16. The Lady Toppers put a little more fight into the second game, losing by just 25-21 to give the Beavers the 2-0 heading into the third.
The home team appeared to lose steam in the final game, dropping away for a 25-15 loss to give Cumberland the 3-0 win.
The Hilltoppers had just an 89-percent serving average against the Beavers, and landed just eight kills in the match. [/emember_protected]