By Amber Hayden
SOMERSET – The Lady Vikings have had a tough week on the volleyball court with two trips out of town to Somerset last Thursday before traveling back west again for the Hudson Invitational on Saturday.
Colfax picked up a 3-0 straight sets win against an inexperienced Somerset team September 6.
The Lady Vikings then swept Menomonie in two straight sets to open the Hudson Invite but then struggled against Superior (0-2) and Hudson (0-2) as both teams had hard outside hitters which Colfax couldn’t overcome after making several errors in those two matches.
Colfax travels to Durand tomorrow (Thursday, September 13) for Dunn-St. Croix Conference volleyball opener. The Vikings will return home next Tuesday, September 18 to host Boyceville.
Somerset Match Up
Facing a young and inexperienced Somerset team gave the Lady Vikings the opportunity to take the match early on.
Winning in three sets with scores of 25-13, 25-13 and 25-16, coach Pam Meredith believes the match was a good opportunity to dissect the areas the Vikings need to improve on.
“After the match, we discussed the difference of giving up unforced error points to a team that will compete equally with us versus an inexperienced team,” stated Meredith.
Sam Pretasky had a good night finishing with 12 kills and four block assists, senior Alyssa Dachel led the Colfax team with 16 digs for the defense and serving up five aces from the line.
“Our goal as the season progresses will be to minimize undisciplined errors and have our opponent earn their points, not be handed their points,” Meredith commented.
Hudson 8-Team Tournament
The Vikings traveled to Hudson September 8 for an eight team tournament and defeated Menomonie 25-17 and 25-22, lost to Superior 20-25 and 24-26 and lost to Hudson 21-25 and 10-25.
“We got off to a slow start as we were down 2-8, before Alyssa Dachel came to the line and served four aces for us,” explained Meredith. Colfax went on a twelve point run during Dachel’s serves.
“Alyssa had some great service runs for us and played extremely disciplined defense and put us in the system offensively most of the day,” according to coach Meredith.
During the second match against Superior the Lady Vikes started slow and struggled to get to twenty points.
In set two of the match Colfax was out to an early lead of 7-2 and stayed ahead a majority of the match until Superior tied at 23-23.
A hitting error by the Vikings to give Superior point 24 and a blocked kill for point 25 ended the hard fought set.
“The tell tale sign of that match was errors on our part,” Meredith commented.
Rachel Scharlau played a good tournament with four kills against Superior, one ace and two digs against Menomonie, and three kills, one ace and one assist against Hudson.
A rematch against Hudson would be the last match of the day for Colfax. They defeated Hudson the first time they matched up at the UW-Stout sprawl but the Vikings couldn’t find the same intensity they had the first time around.
Losing set one 21-25 and taking a turn for the worse in set two to lose 10-25.
“I was obviously not pleased with the level of play during our final match,” stated coach Meredith, “we handed the match to Hudson without much of a fight which was disappointing after playing a touch match against Superior.”