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Vikes volleyball enjoys perfect week; beats Bulldogs and wins Cameron Invitational

HITTING A WINNER over the Boyceville defense was Colfax junior Samantha Pretasky (#8). She has a strong game and helped the Vikings beat the Bulldogs in three sets last Tuesday, September 18. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

By Amber Hayden

COLFAX — The Lady Vikings volleyball team went 6-0 during a long week of play this past week.

Colfax swept Boyceville in three sets  in a home match played Tuesday, September 18 and then went a perfect 5-0 Saturday, September 22 beating Boyceville, Barron, St. Croix Falls, Rice Lake and the host Comets to win the Cameron Invitational crown.

The Vikings traveled Spring Valley on Thursday, September 20 but the contest was canceled before it began as the forces of Mother Nature intervened. High winds caused damage to the Spring Valley High School/Middle School roof and the Colfax bus, forcing members of the Colfax squad to return home with parents, and then traveling to Cameron for an invitational against several teams on Saturday, September 22.

The Lady Vikings traveled to Elk Mound last night (September 25) for a heated Dunn-St. Croix conference match, whose outcome might just determine this year’s D-SC championship. Colfax returns home on Thursday, September 27 to take on the Elmwood Raiders before heading west to Glenwood City next Tuesday, to open October play against the Hilltoppers.


The Vikings returned home for the first time since September 6 to take on the Bulldogs, who they beat in three straight sets.

Gaining another conference win against a struggling Bulldog team, the Lady Vikings volleyballers won the September 18 match against Boyceville by scores of 25-15, 25-15 and 25-19.

Colfax head coach, Pam Meredith, feels her players have been receptive to improving their technique and growing their game IQ.

“It’s always good to get a conference win,” stated Meredith, “I thought Boyceville played very well last night considering they don’t have their starting middle, Taylor Grambow.”

Kameri Meredith and Samantha Pretasky led the Colfax attack with ten kills a piece, Jozie Buchanan contributed another four and Taylor Irwin tacked on another three kills. The Vikings went on to have 33 kills in the three sets.

Colfax managed 49 digs the entire match against the Bulldogs with Alyssa Dachel getting 14 of them, Buchanan was close behind with 11 and junior Rachel Scharlau contributed another two.

VIKINGS’ setter Jozie Buchanan (#12) prepared the ball for one the Colfax’s hitters in last Tuesday’s sweep of the Boyceville Bulldogs. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

“We continue to emphasize the opportunity for us to grow as a team as we get into the thick of things,” explained coach Meredith.

Buchanan and Irwin put up 25 assists against Boyceville, while Addy Olson and Kameri Meredith added in one a piece for the Vikings.

Spring Valley

Last Thursday, the Vikings trekked to Spring Valley for a conference match up with the Cardinals. But just as the National Anthem was concluding, cell phones began to go off with tornado warnings which moved players and fans out of the gym.

“We all went into the locker rooms and we were there from 7 to 7:45,” commented coach Meredith.

The parents of the Colfax Vikings volleyball team all banded together in order to get the girls home after there had been damage to the Colfax bus.

Due to the forces of Mother Nature and damages to the roof of the Spring Valley high school the game has been rescheduled for Monday, October 8.

Cameron Invitational

Colfax traveled to Cameron on September 22 and dove head first with five other teams into the pool for the invitational and walked away with 5-0 record.

Colfax faced Boyceville during the first match of the day winning in two sets 25-15 and 25-12.

“The Vikings looked like they were on a mission after we had a wake up call early in the first set against Barron,” stated Meredith.

Losing the first set to Barron 24-26, the Vikings came back to win the next two 25-21 and 15-9.

Kameri Meredith led the offense for Colfax with 24 kills, Rachel Scharlau added in 17 and Jozie Buchanan and Samantha Pretasky both contributed another 14.

GOOD STRIKE — Colfax junior Taylor Irwin (#2) made good contact on this hit earning the Vikings a point in their home win over Boyceville last Tuesday, September 18. Watching is teammate Samantha Pretasky. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

“We discussed the need to raise our game to the level they are capable of playing from the first whistle to the last,” Meredith explained.

Facing off against Cameron in the last match of pool play the Vikings managed to win in two straight sets against the Comets 25-23 and 25-18.

Taylor Irwin was strong off the bench for the defense with 15 kills, libero Alyssa Dachel contributed another 11 and Jozie Buchanan tacked on another eight.

St. Croix Falls was the first of two cross over matches for the Vikings, St. Croix Falls went on to take on Barron for 3rd and 4th.

Buchanan had another strong showing for the offense with 11 kills and 16 assists, leading the defense was libero Alyssa Dachel with nine digs and Savannah Henricks and Samantha Pretasky each had one block a piece.

The last match of the day was against Rice Lake and the Vikings would walk away with another win in two with scores of 27-25 and 25-18.

Alyssa Dachel led the defense with 17 digs, Kameri Meredith led on attack with 11 kills and Taylor Irwin had 11 assists. 

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