By Marlys Kruger
The Elk Mound girls volleyball team will head into regional play on a high note after beating the Durand Panthers in three sets twice last week. They started the week at Durand last Tuesday, October 13, winning in straight sets then returned home on Thursday and won 25-23, 25-10 and 25-21.
The most recent wins improved the Mounders season record to 8-2.
In the match on their home court, the Mounders played from behind most of the first set with the Panthers pulling out to a 19-12 advantage. But an eight-point run put Elk Mound up 20-12. With the score at 21-21, Elk Mound put the set away for the two-point win.
The second set played out a whole lot different with the Mounders storming to a 25-10 win.
The Mounders started with an early lead again in the third set, going up 10-3 with all the Panther points coming from Mounder serving errors. But Durand battled back to cut the Mounder lead to 15-13 before McKenna Diermeier put down a couple of kills to up the lead to 20-14. Another Panther surge made it 22-19 in the Mounders favor and their lead was even slimmer at 23-21 later on but a pair of errors by Durand allowed Elk Mound to take the set and match.
Diermeier finished with 12 kills and 14 digs, Susan Marquardt added 10 kills and Morgan Kinblom had a team leading 31 assists.
Elk Mound will begin WIAA Division 2 regional play as a number five seed and played number four seed Altoona in Altoona last evening (Tuesday, Oct. 20). The winner will advance to face top seed St. Croix Central in Hammond this Thursday evening, October 22. The regional championship match will be held on Saturday, October 24.