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ELK MOUND — The Mounders hosted their first quadrangular of the 2019 season against Regis, St. Croix Central and Cumberland and walked away undefeated.
Elk Mound faced up against a tough Regis team in the first match of the quad and fought for their first set win 25-21, but would lose the second 25-14, and bounce back to win the match 15-11.
“We came out very strong against Regis to take game one, but took a backseat in the second set,” said coach Stelter. “It can be challenging to mentally rebound after struggling the way we did in game two, but the girls knew game three was a new set and a fresh start and bounced back to take the match.”
During the three-set match, Maggie Bartig had eight kills, Kortnee Halgren had 25 assists, Susan Marquardt had two aces, and McKenna Diermeier had 12 digs.
The second match of the evening was between Elk Mound and the St. Croix Central Panthers, with the Mounders losing the first set and rebounding to take the second and third set with scores of 25-15, 26-24, and 15-5.
“The first set we were quiet, hesitant, and did not play aggressive volleyball,” Stelter explained. “We struggled to find holes in the defense and had 17 or more unforced errors.”
After a loss in the first set the Mounders came out more aggressively in set two, but became complacent after getting the upper hand on SCC.
McKenna Diermeier led with nine kills and eight digs against the Panthers, followed by Maggie Bartig with six kills and five blocks.
Showing her strength from the serve line was Susan Marquardt with four aces, and Hailey Blaskowski, who has taken over as libero, had seven digs.
The match against Cumberland was the best of the quad for Elk Mound as they took the win in two straight sets with scores of 25-18 and 25-19.
“Our passing was spot on which made setting a good ball much easier on the setter, and our hitters took full advantage and really attacked well and worked to find holes in the defense,” stated Stelter. “Cumberland did block us well early in the match but once we settled in the offense did a great job of working around their blockers.”
Kortnee Halgren led the way with 21 assists against Cumberland, and Lexi Nechanicky and Maggie Bartig each had eight kills.
Elk Mound also played a tournament at LaCrosse Aquinas this past Saturday, September 7 but scores and statisitcs for the matches were not available at press time.
Elk Mound will host another quadrangular this Thursday evening, September 12, against Augusta, Somerset and Ellsworth and then travel to McDonell Central on Saturday, September 14 for a tournament.