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By Marlys Kruger
Playing a pair of matches on each of their own courts, the Colfax volleyball team defeated Boyceville in five sets at Boyceville last Tuesday, September 22, then took care of business rather quickly with a three-set win over the Bulldogs in Colfax Thursday, September 24.
Colfax, who improved to 3-1 with the pair of victories, take on Spring Valley this week. The Lady Vikings hosted the Cardinals last evening (Tuesday, September 29) and will travel to Spring Valley on Thursday to open October play. Colfax will then take on Mondovi the following week with the Lady Buffaloes coming to Colfax next Tuesday, October 6 with the Vikings going on the road on Thursday, October 8.
Colfax 3, Boyceville 2
Tuesday was Boyceville’s first match of the season while Colfax was coming off a split against Elk Mound the previous week.
The Vikings dominated the first two sets at 25-13 and 25-14, but too many mistakes by the Vikings allowed Boyceville to pull off wins of 25-23,25-23 to even the match.
“Mentally we broke down and made simple mental and fundamental mistakes,” Colfax coach Pam Meredith said. “Boyceville capitalized on that with aggressive defense and vocal play.”
But the Vikings found their bearings and finished the final set off 15-8 to win the match.
Madison Barstad finished with nine kills and 11 assists for Colfax while Bailey Bradford slammed seven kills and three ace serves with 14 digs. Jeanette Hydukovich added six kills, Maci Harvey served up four aces and came up with 18 digs, Jada Anderson added 17 digs and Brooklyn Stehling led the Vikings in assists with 16.
Colfax 3, Boyceville 0
Set number one was evenly played early on with the score tied at 9-9 before the Bulldogs took leads of 12-9 and 15-14. Colfax knotted it up on a Bulldog hitting error and with Stehling at the service line, the team rattled off seven more points which included an ace serve and a block by Anna Geissler for a 23-16 lead. Hydukovich served the final two points and a big Barstad slam finished it off 25-17.
Set two was close early on again with five tie scores, the last one at 10-10 before Colfax came up with four points for a lead they would not relinquish.
A Stehling slam and several Harvey serves put the Vikings up 21-15 and at set point, at 24-19, Stehling put another shot to the floor for the final point.
After jumping out to an 8-1 advantage in the third set, the Vikings seemed in control. But the Bulldogs fought back to get within a point twice at 12-11 and 14-13 before Harvey came up with a kill and Barstad and Harvey added an ace serve each for a 20-15 lead. Another kill from Hydukovich combined with her block at the net, a slam by Abby Irwin and a final ace from Hydukovich made it set and match at 25-17.
“It was nice to see our players work together and push to win in three sets,” Meredith said. “Offensively we spread the ball around and had our best hitting percentage so far this year with 32 kills and only 14 errors. Brooklyn and Anna were very consistent and had some key digs. Macy can play anywhere on the floor and Madison continues to be a great team and vocal leader as we navigate through the season,” she added.
Freshman Hydukovich led in kills with nine with Irwin adding eight and Barstad also with eight. Harvey finished with four kills and 15 digs, Geissler slammed a trio of aces while Stehling had a pair of aces with 13 digs and led the Vikings in assists with 21 of the teams 28.