By Cara L. Dempski
You may be able to get them down, but it is starting to seem like no one should ever count the Colfax volleyball squad out.
The Lady Vikings entered their second week of conference matches with a 3-0 win over Durand Tuesday, September 19, but the evening was not without its issues. The Colfax girls had to overcome point deficits in each set to earn the win.
[emember_protected] Pam Meredith’s team then headed to Boyceville Thursday, September 21 for a meeting with the Bulldogs. The Boyceville squad did not make things easy, but the Vikings again walked away with a 3-0 win.
Colfax finished the week with a trip to Cameron for a Saturday tournament. The team won three of four matches to take second place behind Rice Lake. They bested Fall Creek 3-1, Boyceville 2-1, and Cameron 2-0, but fell to the Warriors 2-0.
The Vikings are now 13-10 overall and have a 3-0 record in the Dunn-St. Croix. They are enjoying a short home stretch, with a September 26 match against Spring Valley before hosting rival Elk Mound tomorrow, September 26. Colfax will take its game on the road next Tuesday, October 3 to face the Raiders in Elmwood.
It is not often Colfax’s young, athletic varsity volleyball team slows down, but it seemed to drag its feet at home against Durand September 19.
“We were slow out of the gates in all three sets against Durand,” coach Pam Meredith said later. “But, it was nice to see we stayed composed and worked hard to overcome a point deficit in all three sets.”
This year’s varsity Viking volleyball team boasts just two seniors, and is staffed mostly with juniors and sophomores. Meredith indicated she still hopes to capitalize on the athleticism of the younger players while teaching good decision-making and maintaining focus.
Despite being slow to start in all three games, Colfax put together a 25-14 win in the first, fought a 26-24 battle in the second, and then took the win with a 25-16 finish in the third to move up to 2-0 in the DSC.
Sophomores Kameri Meredith and Jozie Buchanan led the Viking offense against the Panthers, with Meredith logging 13 kills and four aces, and Buchanan taking credit for a trio of aces and 32 assists. Senior Makayla Mattson accounted for seven kills, Samantha Pretasky and Savannah Henricks tied with six apiece, Rachel Scharlau is credited with five, and Buchanan accounted for one.
Henricks, Scharlau, Alyssa Dachel and Kali Risler accounted for an ace apiece, and Meredith logged three assists, Dachel had two, and Henricks provided one.
Defensively, Pretasky led the front row with a trio of solo blocks, while Meredith recorded a pair of assists, and Mattson and Henricks took one each. Meredith and Dachel tied with 14 digs each in the back, Taylor Irwin recorded nine, Henricks is credited with eight, Risler and Buchanan tied with five each, Scharlau and Mattson tied with three, and Pretasky accounted for two.
Colfax took its show on the road to Boyceville September 21, and found a way to win in straight sets despite the dogged determination presented by the Lady Bulldogs.
“I give credit to Boyceville,” coach Pam Meredith said later. “They were ready to play when the first whistle blew. Defensively, they were able to keep some balls alive that I thought were down.”
The Vikings started the first two sets down, only to come back and win each 25-15. They nabbed the W after capping the third set with a 25-17 win. The victory moved the Vikings to 3-0 in the Dunn-St. Croix.
Meredith has been working with the Lady Vikings on serving more aggressively, and the extra attention showed, as the Colfax squad reeled in 12 aces against the Bulldogs. The coach saw little to improve upon in the match, citing a need to exert slightly more control on attacks.
Sophomore Kameri Meredith led the team with attacks, taking credit for 14 on the night. She is also credited with an ace and two digs. Samantha Pretasky swung for eight kills, recorded an ace, and had a pair of solo blocks.
Rachel Scharlau is credited with six kills and a trio of aces, and is credited with a dig. Jozie Buchanan put together three kills, led the team with five aces, provided seven digs, and logged 27 assists against the Bulldogs.
Savannah Henricks and Makayla Mattson rounded out the attack squad with three kills. Henricks also put up an ace, a solo block and six digs. Scharlau, Mattson, Meredith and Alyssa Dachel contributed assists. Taylor Irwin logged seven digs, Dachel picked up five, and Kali Risler added two.
Pam Meredith liked what she saw from her team at Cameron September 23.
“I was very pleased with our serve receive today,” Meredith said. “This is by far one of the most consistent passing teams I have had. We are getting the ball to our setter, which allows us so many options offensively.”
That being said, she still wants her hitters to tweak their swing enough to nab those kills more consistently.
The Vikings started their day against home team Cameron, taking a 25-17 win before going 25-23 in the second set to with the 2-0 match. They then faced Boyceville for a second time in a week, winning the first set 26-24, before dropping the second 25-22. They copped the match win in the third 15-6.
The Rice Lake Warriors handed Colfax its only match loss of the day, besting the Vikings 25-19 in two sets for the 2-0 win. The Vikings’ final match of the day was a 2-1 win over Fall Creek. They won the first 25-22, dropped the second 25-16, and then won the third 15-7.
Sophomore Sam Pretasky logged a team-leading 25 kills for the day, while Jozie Buchanan led the Lady Vikings with six aces. Kameri Meredith led the team with 29 digs. [/emember_protected]