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Colfax took care of business on the volleyball court last week as it defeated a pair of conference foes to remain tied atop the Dunn-St. Croix standings with archrival Elk Mound, whom it will play this week.
The Vikings traveled to Boyceville last Tuesday, September 28 were it defeated the Bulldogs in straight sets, 3-0, and then survived a five-set scare from the upstart Red Birds of Spring Valley, prevailing three sets to two in a home match last Thursday, September 30 to improve to 4-0 in conference action and 14-9 overall.
Colfax kicked off a very busy week with a home triangular on Monday that featured Bloomer and Menomonie. Then on Thursday, the Vikings will make the short trip to Elk Mound to square off against the Lady Mounders, who are also 4-0, in what could be the battle for this year’s D-SC volleyball crown. They then finish out the week playing in Saturday’s Altoona Invitational. The Vikes come back home to host Elmwood/Plum City next Tuesday, October 12.
Colfax 3, Boyceville 0
The host Bulldogs showed some bite last Tuesday when the Vikings came calling.
Boyceville pushed Colfax to the limit in the squads’ first two sets but the Vikings held on for wins of 26-24 and 25-22 before caging the Bulldogs 25-14 in the third set to earn the sweep in the September 28 match.
Senior Madison Barstad recorded 13 of her team’s 28 kills against Boyceville while sophomores Jada Anderson and Jeanette Hydukovich added five each. Of the Vikings ten aces in the match, Anderson had four, Barstad three, and sophomore McKenna Shipman tallied two.
Hydukovich finished with two solo blocks with Anderson, junior Maci Harvey and senior Aliyah Rihn chipping in for one each.
Barstad and Harvey each made nine digs while Anderson registered seven, and Shipman a half dozen. In total, Colfax’s defense finished with 36 digs against Boyceville.
Shipman had 15 assists and Barstad contributed ten to lead Colfax.
Colfax 3, Spring Valley 2
The Vikings seemed to be a step behind the Cardinals in the first set as the score was in Spring Valley’s favor before Colfax knotted it at 9-9 on a Jada Anderson ace serve. But, it was nip and tuck the rest of the way with tie scores of 12-12, 14-14, 16-16, 18-18, 19-19, 20-20, 21-21, 22-22, and 23-23 before the Cardinals scored the final two points for a 25-23 win.
Set number two appeared to play out much the same with neither team leading by more than two points before Spring Valley pulled out to a 15-11 advantage. Aliyah Rihn blasted a kill shot and Anderson slammed two of her own to draw the Vikings closer, down 17-16. Jeanette Hydukovich served up an ace to knot it at 19-19, and Madison Barstad tied it again at 20-20 with a kill. Colfax took control at the net with a block and a tip for a 22-20 advantage and Barstad scored on a slam down the middle and finished off the set with a final kill at 25-21.
Then things fell into place for the Vikings as McKenna Shipman started at the service line for the third set. With help from a Barstad kill and block along with a Maci Harvey slam, Shipman appeared to be pitching a shutout as the score went to 9-0. Colfax maintained an 8-9 point lead but the Cardinals used the big guns of Mara Ducklow and Mackenzie White to get to within four points at 18-14. Using an ace by Harvey, a kill by Rihn and a final block from Anderson, Colfax took the set 25-16.
Once again, set four was a dogfight throughout with tie scores of 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, and 10-10 but the Cardinals would pull ahead by a point or two, forcing the Vikings to play from behind. Colfax just couldn’t get over the hump however, and Spring Valley took the set 25-20, forcing the fifth set.
But, on this night the Vikings were not going to give in, and after taking a 2-1 lead, they never trailed the rest of the way. They went up 5-4 then went on a ten-point run for the 15-4 win. Katelyn Sarauer served up several points which included an ace in the run.
Barstad led the team in several statistical categories as the senior collected 15 of the squads 51 kills, had three aces, and 23 of the Vikings 47 assists while Shipman finished with 19.
Colfax registered an incredible 136 digs in the five-set match against Spring Valley. Harvey led the way with 35, Anderson added 31, and Barstad and Shipman chipped in for 21 and 20, respectively. Shipman also had a pair of solo blocks.