Close, but no cigar: Lady Toppers fall to Mondovi in hard-fought match

By Cara L. Dempski

GLENWOOD CITY — The Hilltoppers took on last year’s Dunn-St. Croix co-champions at home last week and managed to stick with them.

Sadly, just sticking with the Buffaloes was not enough, and the Glenwood City volleyball team took a 3-0 loss to the visiting Mondovi squad September 19.

Head coach Christa Blaser said her team played hard, but she could not find a way to inspire them to reach the next level.

[emember_protected] “The girls played well, but were not at the top of their game, which is hard for a coach,” she said afterward. “You look for that one thing you can do to ignite that fire you know they have, but we just couldn’t get them there.”

The Lady Toppers fell to the Lady Buffaloes 25-23 in the first set before dropping a 25-18 set in the second. The visiting Buffs finished off the home team in the third with another 25-23 loss to decide the match.

The September 19 match was another good serving night for Glenwood City, who averaged 96 percent for the match. The team recorded a total of 24 kills, nine of which belonged to senior Jenesa Klinger. Madelyn Oehlke took credit for 19 assists on the night.

Glenwood City had the rest of the last week off before returning to conference play last evening (September 26) when they hosted the Plum City Blue Devils. The Hilltoppers will travel to Durand September 28 before returning home for an October 3 match-up against Elk Mound.

The Lady Hilltoppers are 4-8 overall this season, and finished last week 1-1 in the Dunn-St. Croix. [/emember_protected]