By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — To say the least, the Lady Toppers volleyball team had a pair of tough conference games last week, finding themselves in match ups against Colfax and Elk Mound, the Dunn-St. Croix conference’s leading and second-place teams respectively.
And although the score may indicate otherwise, the Glenwood City squad acquitted well despite losing in three sets to both teams.
The league-leading Vikings lacked their usually intensity which made for an interesting final set in Tuesday’s match in Glenwood City. Despite a valiant effort, the Toppers couldn’t come back enough to win that final set and lost in three.
The Hilltoppers then made a trip to Elk Mound on Thursday, October 4 and managed to stay competitive in all three sets against the Mounders but were unable to pull off an upset in any of the three games and lost the match.
Glenwood City faced Elmwood on October 9 and will finish up their conference season with a match against Spring Valley on October 11 at home.
Glenwood City has two home matches left in the regular season, both of which are conference contests.
The Hilltoppers welcomed Elmwood last night (October 9) and will finish up their conference and regular season slate with a match against Spring Valley Thursday, October 11.
WIAA Division 3 tournament action kicks off for GC with regional competition next Tuesday, October 16.
Glenwood City vs. Colfax
The night started slowly for the Hilltoppers in the October 2 match against Colfax. The Lady Toppers put up very few points in the first two sets against the Colfax Vikings losing on scores of 8-25 and 14-25.
Glenwood City, however, fought back in the third set when it was on the brink of elimination only to lose the set and match to the Vikings by a mere three points, 22-25.
Madelyn Oehlke had a solid night from the service line for the Hilltoppers, serving up two aces as well as two kills, four digs and eight assists.
“The girls had some good ball going with Colfax, was fun and exciting to see them compete,” stated head coach Christa Edin.
The Hilltoppers managed to dig deep against the Vikings with 35 digs throughout the three sets played. Delaney Quinn led the defense with nine digs, Alexis Curvello contributed eight and Jatelyn Johnson and Abby Kremer each added four digs a piece.
Abby Kremer led the team on offense with four kills against the Vikings, Curvello had three kills and Tressa Peskar and Delaney Quinn each had two a piece.
“Colfax truly is just a solid team with a stellar program,” commented Edin.
Glenwood City vs. Elk Mound
The Hilltoppers went head-to-head with their second consecutive tough opponent on October 4 when they traveled to Elk Mound.
Glenwood City suffered another three-set loss, by scores of 14-25, 19-25 and 15-25, but gave a better performance than it had at home two days prior.
“It was a fun night for the Lady Toppers, they played some good ball,” stated coach Edin.
Delaney Quinn led the Glenwood City offense with six kills during the three set match, Tressa Peskar contributed five kills and Madelyn Oehlke tacked on two kills of her own.
Jatelyn Johnson had six assists against the Mounders as well as three digs for the Hilltoppers’ team.
“Elk Mound has always been a very strong team in the conference, so it was a good thing to see us compete with them,” Edin said.
Delaney Quinn and Tressa Peskar led the Glenwood City defense with eight digs a piece, Bella Rassbach added in seven more and Alexis Curvello dug deep for six digs against the Mounders’ offense.
Finding her way to the net for four assisted blocks and one solo block was Madelyn Oehlke, Alexis Curvello had two assisted blocks and Peskar and Michaela Nyhus each put up one solo block a piece.
“Maddie Oehlke was on point against their big hitter and took a solo block along with four others, which is always fun to see,” stated coach Edin.