By Cara L. Dempski
COLFAX — The Colfax Vikings’ volleyball team has won or earned a share of the Dunn-St. Croix championship in the previous four seasons.
After a pair of three-set wins last week, Colfax is just one victory away from winning – or taking a share of – it’s fifth consecutive Dunn-St. Croix volleyball crown.
[emember_protected] The Lady Vikings started off the week with a home matchup against Elmwood last Tuesday,October 3, whom the Colfax team handled with ease, winning 3-0. They then stayed at home for their second-to-last conference match of the year as the Vikings host Glenwood City Thursday, October 5.
The Lady Hilltoppers managed to stay within striking distance of the Vikings in the first set, losing by a margin of just 25-21 before the Colfax girls’ put away their opponent with 25-11 and 25-12 victories in the next two sets for the 3-0 win.
Colfax, currently 7-0 in league action and 17-10 overall, traveled to Mondovi last evening (Tuesday, October 10) for tit’s final conference and regular season match against the Buffaloes, who are also unbeaten in Dunn-St. Croix play just a half game behind the Lady Vikings at 6-0. A win would secure Colfax’s fifth straight conference volleyball championship. While Colfax has a bye in the final round of conference competitions this Thursday, October 12, Mondovi will have to travel to once-beaten Elk Mound.
Colfax was awarded the third seed in the upcoming WIAA Division 3 tournament and will host Boyceville, the 14th seed, in a regional quarterfinal’s match next Tuesday, October 17. The victor will advance to the semifinals on Thursday, October 19. The regional championship will be played on Saturday, October 21.
Colfax started out last week with a what presented, at least on paper, as a breeze of a match.
The Viking ladies took care of the Elmwood Raiders in just three sets with scores of 25-9, 25-16 and 25-18 in the October 3 home match.
Sophomores Sam Pretasky and Kameri Meredith led the team in attack shots, with Pretasky taking credit for 10 kills, and Meredith logging nine. Jozie Buchanan, Rachel Scharlau and Savannah Henricks all recorded six kills, and Makayla Mattson rounded out the match with three.
Henricks and Meredith served up a trio of aces apiece, while senior Ryanna Martinson, junior Alyssa Dachel, and sophomore Jozie Buchanan each had a pair of aces up their sleeves. Scharlau, Kali Risler and Pretasky each took credit for one.
Buchanan assisted in setting up 24 kills, Taylor Irwin set up another eight, Dachel and Meredith tied with two each, and Mattson is credited with one.
Meredith took credit for the most foiled attacks with seven digs against the Raiders. Buchanan provided another three, Henricks recorded two, and Pretasky and Dachel logged one dig each.
Colfax volleyball coach Pam Meredith is impressed with how her Viking netters have improved over the course of the season.
“I continue to be impressed with the drive and determination this team has shown throughout the conference season,” she said after the October 5 home win over Glenwood City. “We have gotten stronger mentally, and continue to show that we can stay effective and efficient when needed.”
The Vikings showed off their athleticism and grit against the visiting Hilltoppers in the Thursday-evening match, taking control of the first set when the chips seemed to be against them to nab a 25-21 win over the Toppers and set up the 3-0 match win.
Colfax put together a 25-11 win in the second and a 25-12 set in the third to keep their win streak going as they headed toward the final conference game of the season at Mondovi October 10.
Kameri Meredith and Sam Pretasky again led the team’s kill squad, with Meredith taking credit for 13 scoring attacks, and Pretasky recording 11. Rachel Scharlau added eight more to the team total, Jozie Buchanan chalked up four, and Makayla Mattson fired in two.
Buchanan led the team with four aces, while Meredith and Alyssa Dachel tied with three each, and Scharlau landed one. The sophomore setter, Buchanan, also led the team with 32 assists to Taylor Irwin’s three, and Meredith and Mattson’s one each.
Meredith and Henricks accounted for 23 of the team’s total 47 digs in the match, Dachel and Buchanan added another six each, Scharlau tacked up four, and Kali Risler and Pretasky each took one dig. [/emember_protected]