GC VB hangs tough with Colfax in opening set only to fall in three

By Cara L. Dempski

COLFAX — Scoreboards never show the moral victories.

For example: the Lady Hilltoppers may have came away from their October 5 road match against Colfax with a 3-0 loss, but that does not mean Glenwood City played poorly.

Quite to the contrary, the Toppers hung right with the Vikings in the first set, losing by four points, 25-21, the defending conference co-champs, and a team that is potentially well on its way to claiming the top spot a fifth year in a row.

[emember_protected] Glenwood City may have lost 25-21, 25-11 and 25-12, but coach Christa Blaser knows it is not always the score that matters.

“We have to play our best to try and be the best,” she said the next morning. “The girls played hard and did what they could. It is a loss on the books, but one they can be proud of.”

While the Hilltoppers’ serving was slightly below its usual 90th-percentile, the team logged a number of kills. Freshman Madelyn Oehlke led the team with four kills, and Delaney Quinn, Jenesa Klinger and Tressa Peskar each took credit for a further three.

Jatelyn Johnson set up seven scoring opportunities, and Oehlke took credit for a further four.

Senior Mariah Voeltz forced the Vikings to place serves out of her range in the back row after logging 23 service digs in the match.

The Lady Hilltoppers (2-4, 5-11) faced another tough conference test October 10 when they welcomed Sam Stelter’s Elk Mound Mounders to Glenwood City, and will play their final conference match of the season on Thursday, October 12 in Elmwood.

Glenwood City will begin WIAA Division 3 regional play next Tuesday, October 17. The Hilltoppers received the 13th seed in the half sectional bracket and will play at Phillips. [/emember_protected]