By Amber Hayden
The Mounders volleyball squad finished a solid 4-1 in the matches over the past seven days after going against Plum City, Thorp, Hayward, Eau Claire North and Bloomer.
Opening the Dunn-St. Croix conference season at home last Thursday, Elk Mound swept Plum City in three straight.
Two days later, the Lady Mounders trekked east for a tournament at Eau Claire North where they registered three more wins in four matches to improve their season mark to 16-7.
Elk Mound will look to continue its winning ways over the next week as it hosts two of its three conference contest. The Mounders welcomed Durand last night, Tuesday, September 18 before playing in Boyceville tomorrow evening (Thursday).
Colfax will then come to Elk Mound next Tuesday, September 25 for a huge, early season contest that may well determine this year’s conference championship.
Elk Mound Conference Opener
Going into Thursday night’s match up, the Mounders were prepared mentally and physically for whatever Plum City hit at them in September 13 contest.
Taking the win in three straight sets with scores of 25-7, 25-6 and 25-7, coach Samantha Stelter was pleased with the performance her Lady Mounders put forth to open D-SC action.
“We are feeling good, always nice to start off the season with a win, a high energy and fun win at that,” commented Stelter.
Morgan Radtke led the way for the attack with 14 kills, leaving Plum City wondering how to shut down Radtke each set. McKenna Diermeier contributed six more kills and Sophie Cedarblade added on five more.
Aces were in abundance for the Elk Mound team serving up 13 total between Kortnee Halgren who served for 23 points and Hailey Blaskowski who served up 16 points.
“Both Kortnee and Hailey had long runs serving in games one and two and I think we had 18 aces serving for the night,” according to coach Stelter.
Defensively Abigail Curry led with 12 digs and McKenna Diermeier tacked on eight more. Leading in assists for the Mounders was Halgren with Qwynn Tyman adding in six more.
Eau Claire North Invite
The Mounders traveled to Eau Claire on Saturday September 15 and walked away with three wins in four bouts with wins against Thorp (2-0), Hayward (2-0) and Eau Claire North (2-1). Elk Mound’s lone loss was to a strong Bloomer squad (1-2).
“We had a very strong showing on Saturday, I was very pleased with how the girls performed and feel it was one of our strongest showings yet,” coach Stelter commented.
Senior Morgan Radtke led the attack with seven kills while Sophie Cedarblade and Kortnee Halgren had two kills a piece going during the game against Hayward, the Mounders walked away from the game with wins in two sets with scores of 25-9 and 25-13.
Serving up three aces a piece against Hayward were Hailey Blaskowski and Qwynn Tyman and the pair had four digs between them.
Against Thorp, Radtke led the attack again with 13 kills, McKenna Diermeier contributed four more and Maggie Bartig added on two more as the Mounders went on to win in two sets with scores of 25-18 and 25-17.
Kortnee Halgren went on the defense getting seven digs against Thorp and putting up 16 assists to lead the Mounders in ball handling.
Elk Mound also won against Eau Claire North going the full three sets with scores of 19-25, 25-20 and 15-12.
McKenna Diermeier had six kills for the Mounders along with eight digs, Qwynn Tyman had two aces Morgan Radtke and Kortnee Halgren contributed ten digs a piece.
“Consistency is still the missing piece and we are going to have to figure that out but I think everyone struggles with that at some point,” according to Stelter.
Bloomer would prove to be a tough team for the Mounders to face as they lost 1-2 against the Blackhawks 25-15, 15-25 and 8-15.
Radtke led the charge again with 16 kills on the attack and eight digs, while McKenna Diermeier contributed nine digs for the Mounders team.
“We’re working on understanding that we will lose rallies and give up runs,” stated coach Stelter, “but if we can reduce the length of those runs and eliminate our own errors, we’re going to be able to put ourselves in a better position to win.”