Lady Vikings cruise past Cardinals 3-1 to remain unbeaten in conference

By Cara L. Dempski

SPRING VALLEY — Sometimes, it seems like Elk Mound’s top hitter gets all the attention, and people forget there is another Dunn-St. Croix player boasting roughly equivalent statistics.

Kameri Meredith is just a sophomore, but she has already logged 379 kills (193 so far this season), 93 aces, and 544 digs.

That puts Meredith on par with the Mounders’ Morgan Radtke, just in a smaller package.

Meredith led her team with 15 kills against the Spring Valley Cardinals last Tuesday, September 26 as Colfax remained unbeaten in the Dunn-St. Croix after a 3-1 match victory.

Coach Pam Meredith said the team started strong with a 25-9 win in the first set before losing steam in the second.

“They still put together enough great plays to come out on the winning side,” Meredith said afterward.

The Lady Vikings slid back to a 25-21 win in the second set before falling to the Cardinals 25-23 in the third, causing both squads to play a fourth.

Colfax came away from the match with the win after copping a 25-21 finish in the fourth set.

Meredith’s varsity team underclassmen continue to lead the statistics boards, with significant contributions from some of their upperclass teammates.

Sam Pretasky took second place for kills against the Cards, accounting for 10 of the team’s total 51. Jozie Buchanan logged nine kills, Savannah Henricks accounted for eight, Makayla Mattson took credit  for six, and Rachel Scharlau recorded three.

Meredith led the team’s serving stats, accounting for four aces in the match. Buchanan, Scharlau, Henricks and Alyssa Dachel each took credit for a pair of aces, and Kali Risler and Ryanna Martinson logged an ace apiece.

Buchanan led the team in both digs and assists, accounting for 18 foiled attacks and setting up 28 scoring attempts. Dachel is credited with 17 digs, Meredith with 16, Henricks with 10, Scharlau and Mattson with three each, Risler and Martinson with two each, and Pretasky with one.

Taylor Irwin accounted for 11 assists in the game, Meredith provided six, Mattson set up two, and Scharlau and Dachel each logged one.

Pretasky was the only Lady Viking to log solo blocks against the Cardinals, with two in the match. She led the team with five total after also recording three block assists. Other block assists came from Kameri Meredith with two, and Buchanan, Scharlau and Henricks each recorded one block assist each.