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by Marlys Kruger
The Colfax volleyball team played a Dunn-St. Croix Conference match last week, hosting the Spring Valley Cardinals September 19 and two days later traveled to Clear Lake for some non-conference competition and wrapped up a busy week Saturday playing five matches in the Cameron Invitational.
The Vikings dropped an exciting match to the Cardinals in five sets but bounced back for a 3-1 win over the Warriors. They finished 1-4 in Cameron with the lone victory coming against the host Comets.
Colfax (1-1 in conference, 10-13 overall) played in Elk Mound last evening (Tuesday, September 26). It is the Vikings only match of the week. The Vikings return to action next Tuesday, October 3 when they host Elmwood-Plum City.
Although the Lady Vikings were without their all conference big hitter Jeanette Hydukovich once again as she is dealing with a sprained ankle, they put up quite a fight. Colfax won the first set 25-19 but lost the second set 25-23. In set three, The Vikings were up 23-16 but allowed the Cardinals to go on a five point run to cut the lead to 23-21. A net serve by the Cardinals and a final kill by the Vikings gave them a 25-22 win.
The momentum was with the Cardinals, however as they took control of the fourth set. They held leads of 6-1, 9-3, 17-6 and kept the pressure on, never allowing the Vikings to get back to their solid game and they eventually won 25-12 to force the fifth set.
The final set was an exciting one with seven tie scores. Colfax had a 3-2 lead on a Brynn Sikora kill but they didn’t lead again until Sikora’s cross court slam made it 10-9. Spring Valley pulled ahead 12-10 but a serving error gave the Vikings a point. The Vikings committed their own serving mistake but scored on a push shot and they were down 13-12. They slammed a kill attempt out of bounds and when Sikora blocked a shot, the Vikings were down 14-13. A final serving error on the Vikings part ended the match with the Cardinals winning 15-13.
Jada Anderson led the Vikings in kills with 14, Sikora added nine, Lydia Polkoski seven and Mckenna Shipman six. Shipman set her teammates up 24 times while Jordyn Bowe added 13 sets. Anderson picked up a team leading 39 digs and four blocks, Shipman collected 22 digs, Emma Medin and Ava Sedivy both had 18 digs, Sikora 17, Anika Hallquist 12 and Polkoski ten.
The Vikings opened the match with a 25-17 win in the first set but lost 25-19 in set number two. They turned things around however, taking the final two sets 25-18 and 25-17.
Sikora smashed nine kills to lead the Vikings while Anderson pounded eight and Polkowsi and Aubrey Rihn both had three. Shipman picked up 16 assists while Anderson slammed seven service aces and Rihn added three.
Colfax traveled to Cameron High School last Saturday, September 23 where it played five matches, but finished with just one win.
That victory came against the host Comets with Colfax winning a close first set 25-23 and then dominating 25-14 in the second and final set. No stats were available.
Against fellow Dunn-St. Croix foe Boyceville, Colfax prevailed 25-15 in the opening set only to see the Bulldogs rally for a 25-16 win in set two and a 15-11 victory in set three to take the match. McKenna Shipman led Colfax with eight kills, a dozen assists, and 17 digs. Brynn Sikora added six kills, Lydia Polkoski had two service aces, and Meadow Keltner and Jada Anderson finished with 13 and 10 digs, respectively.
In its match with Prairie Farm, the Vikings lost two close sets (and the match) to the Panthers, 23-25 and 20-25. During play, Anderson had five kills with Sikora contributing four, Shipman tallied nine assists and Jordyn Bowe had five, Shipman and Anika Hallquist each finished with six digs and Polkoski had four.
Fall Creek dominated Colfax in two sets with the Crickets taking wins of 25-17 and 25-11. Shipman had four of the Vikings nine kills, three assists along with Bowe, and five defensive digs. Anderson added two kills, a pair of assists, and five digs. Polkoski tallied half of the squad’s six blocks and finished with three digs.
Taking on Rice Lake, Colfax fell in straight sets, 12-25 and 9-25. No team or individual stats were posted for this match.