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With senior middle hitter and all-conference performer Jeanette Hydukovich sidelined with an ankle injury suffered during a practice earlier in the week, Colfax volleyball head coach Kari Sedivy wasn’t sure how her squad would respond or perform when it traveled to Boyceville last Thursday for the Dunn-St. Croix Conference opener.
After rallying for a three-point win in the opening set, the Vikings eventually found themselves trailing two sets to one to a charged up Bulldogs team playing in front of a large homecoming crowd.
But, some how, Colfax found the fortitude and grit to will itself to a fourth-set win to knot the contest and then proceeded to dominate the fifth and final set to post a 3-2 win in the September 14 match.
Unfortunately, any momentum that the Vikings had accrued in the Boyceville match seemed to have dissipated by the time Colfax participated in the Hudson Volleyball Invitational two days later. Colfax finished 2-4 in the Saturday, September 16 tournament that featured several teams from the Big Rivers and Middle Border Conferences.
It will be a busy week for the Vikings as they play a pair of matches and a weekend tournament. Colfax hosted conference contender Spring Valley Tuesday and go to Clear Lake Thursday for a non-conference match. The squad will then partake in the annual Cameron Invitation slated for this Saturday, September 23.
The Vikings then play at Elk Mound next Tuesday, September 26.
Colfax trailed by as many as four points several times in the first set of its Dunn-St. Croix opener at Boyceville Thursday, September 14.
The Vikings tied the match five different times – 9-9, 12-12, 14-14, 16-16 and 19-19 – before they took their first lead. After Colfax went ahead 23-20, Boyceville called a time out and was able to win the next two points to close to within a single point of the Vikings at 23-22. But, sophomore Brynn Sikora smashed a pair of kills to give Colfax a 25-22 win.
Set two was another close affair with the squads exchanging leads several times. After a 16-16 deadlock, Boyceville scored three straight points prompting Sedivy to ask for a timeout. Jada Anderson and McKenna Shipman both registered winners to pull the Vikings to within 18-19 only to see the Bulldogs win six of the final seven points to take the win 25-19.
Colfax took a slight lead early in the third set, but like the previous two games, the Bulldogs and Vikings battled back-and-forth for the advantage. With the score knotted at 13 apiece, Boyceville went on a run taking 12 of the next 15 points to earn a 25-16 victory and a two sets to one lead.
Needing a victory to push the match to a fifth set, the Vikings broke an early 2-2 tie and never trailed again en route to a 25-18 win to tie the Bulldogs at two sets each.
In the final set, Colfax won a string of points on the service game of senior Jada Anderson to take an 11-2 lead. After a Boyceville timeout, the Bulldogs scored a pair of points. Colfax, however, responded with four straight winners to take the fifth set and match win 15-4.
No team or individual statistics from the match were made available to the Messenger.
Colfax traveled to Hudson Saturday, September 16 where it finished with a pair of wins in its six tournament matches against teams from the Big Rivers and Middle Border Conferences.
The Vikings lost a pair of matches to Superior (23-25, 15-25 and 17-25, 25-22, 13-15), and also fell to host Hudson (11-25, 12-25), and Prescott (19-25, 8-25) while garnering a pair of straight-set wins over Somerset (25-17, 25-23) and Ellsworth )25-16, 25-17).
Again, stats from the matches were not available.