By Cara L. Dempski
The Mounder volleyball team played its first two conference match-ups last week, dropping the hammer on the first opponent at home before winning the second on the road.
Elk Mound hosted the Plum City Blue Devils September 19 for a 3-0 smackdown that gave the home team a 1-0 record in the conference. Coach Samantha Stelter gave her team a day off before heading to Durand September 21 for a meeting with the Panthers.
Two nights later, the Lady Mounders wore down the Panthers at Durand to take a 3-0 victory to end the week leading the conference with Mondovi and Colfax.
The Mounders are now 2-0 in the Dunn-St. Croix after opening with the pair of three-set sweeps and hold a 13-11 record overall.
They hosted Boyceville September 26, and will hit the road to Colfax to play their rivals this Thursday, September 28 before heading to Mondovi for a tournament on September 30. Elk Mound will host Spring Valley October 3.
Elk Mound hosted its first D-SC match-up for the season September 19, and it wound up not being much of a contest for the home team.
The Lady Mounders blasted the visiting Plum City squad in three games, 25-10, 25-14 and 25-15 to take a 1-0 conference record and move to 12-11 overall.
Morgan Radtke led the team attack with 13 kills, and Allie Weber recorded 11 against the Blue Devils. Kourtney Zurbuchen landed six attacks, Cassidy Yakesh fired down three, and Sophie Cedarblade and Kyla Egan tied with two apiece.
Senior Madysen Borofka also logged a kill, but led the team with 33 assists. Egan and Cedarblade each recorded an assist, and Cedarblade led the team in aces with two to her credit. Weber, Zurbuchen, Borofka, Hailey Blaskowski and Alex Jenson also recorded an ace apiece in the match.
Weber led the defense with 16 digs, Jenson had eight, Radtke took seven, Cedarblade logged six, Borofka chalked up four, Yakesh recorded three, and Blaskowski and Zurbuchen each took credit for one.
The Mounders stayed perfect last week when they took a Thursday road trip to Durand and walked away after taking care of the Panthers in three.
Durand stuck close to the Elk Mound in the first set, but the Lady Mounders prevailed with a score of 25-19 before taking the second and third with scores of 25-14 and 25-15. Radtke drilled in 16 kills to lead the team attack, with Weber following close behind with 11.
Zurbuchen recorded four kills, Yakesh accounted for three, Borofka chalked up two, and Cedarblade logged one.
Borofka also led the team in assists, accounting for 27 at Durand. Weber, Yakesh and Zurbuchen all logged one.
Hailey Blaskowski had a team-leading three aces against the Panthers. Weber recorded two, and Cedarblade, Borofka and Radtke each took credit for one.
Senior Alex Jenson turned away 11 attacks to lead the team in digs, while Weber accounted for eight, Blaskowski got seven, Borofka and Cedarblade recorded five apiece, and Radtke took one.