Mikaela Kohlmeyer gets a block for the Gophers in a match against La Crescent.
Mikaela Kohlmeyer gets a block for the Gophers in a match against La Crescent. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS

The Chatfield volleyball team had its last regular season home match this past Thursday night against La Crescent and the gals came out on top 3-0 (25-7, 26-24, 25-21).  

Last Tuesday the volleyball team lost to Wabasha-Kellogg 3-0 (13-25, 18-25, 13-25).  With the split, the team is now 3-8 in the Three Rivers Conference and 6-22, overall. 

In the loss to the Falcons the gals were rather poor in two major statistical areas, hitting and serve receive.  In hitting efficiency the team was .040, with 17 kills, 13 errors and 99 attacks.  In the SR department the Gophers received, and passed successfully, only 48.4 percent of their attempts.  Kielan LaPlante was tops in kills with six, followed by Belle Berg (4), Paige Erickson (3), Mollie Henry (2) and Alanna Goetzinger (2).  Erickson and Goetzinger didn’t have any hitting errors.  Goetzinger led the team in hitting at .400, but only had five attacks.  Erickson hit .200 with 15 attacks. LaPlante and Goetzinger each had one ace block.   

On defense, Abi Hinckley had 19 digs and was nine for 16 (56.3 percent) in SR.  Julia Friederichs was five for seven (71.4 percent) in SR.  Grace Friederichs had nine digs, Macy Pederson had eight and Megan Hopp had seven digs.  From the service line, Hinckley (10/10), Henry (9/9), Pederson (7/7) and Berg (4/4) were all at 100 percent.  Grace Friederichs (9/10) missed just one serve.  Hinckley and Henry had aces.

“W-K is tough,” said coach Ruth Ann Lund.  “We had trouble passing their serves so it was hard to get the offense going.”

In the final home match of the regular season, which was also Parents and Senior Night, Hinckley gets the “WEB” award, going 22 for 22 at the line.  She also had two ace serves.  Grace Friederichs and Pederson were 13 for 13 in serving, McKenna Daniels was four for four, and Erickson and Mikaela Kohlmeyer were two for two.  Pederson and Friederichs (2) also had ace serves.  Berg (6/7), LaPlante (4/5) and Henry (3/4) missed just one serve.   All 13 gals on the roster got to play in this home finale.

In the hitting department, the Lady Gophers were led by Erickson (7 kills, 2 blocks), Henry (8 kills) and LaPlante (5 kills).  Also adding to the offense were Kohlmeyer (3 kills), Kennedy O’Connor (2 kills), Berg (2 kills), Pederson (1 kill) and Hinckley (1 kill from the back row).  Grace Friederichs had about 25 set assists in the match.  All of these stats are “unofficial” as they were taken by yours truly.

Play of the match came in the third set: Abi Hinckley got a dig on a “pancake,” Grace Friederichs took the pass out of the net, and Macy Pederson, very methodically, put the attack in the far back corner for a Chatfield kill and point.  That point tied the score at 19-19 and Chatfield went on from there to out-score the Lancers 6-2 and win the set, and the match.

Coach Lund was much happier after this match.

In the Cannon Falls tournament Oct. 7, the team went 0-5, winning one set and losing nine.  While most of the team struggled statistically, it is important to point out that Paige Erickson hit .523 in the five matches, with 29 kills, six errors  and 44 attacks.  Kielan LaPlante had 18 kills, Belle Berg added 12 and Mollie Henry had 11 kills. Mollie Henry was 22 for 23 at the service line, Macy Pederson was 25 for 27 and LaPlante went 19 for 21.  Belle Berg and Grace Friederichs each had four ace serves.  Friederichs also had 60 of the team’s 71 set assists.  Abi Hinckley had 35 digs, Grace Friederichs had 34 and Berg had 30.  Julia Friederichs was 16 for 19 (84.2 percent) in SR, Erickson (14/19, 73.7 percent), Berg (31/43, 72.1 percent), Pederson (17/26, 65.4 percent) and Megan Hopp (16/25, 64.0 percent).  Hinckley had the most attempts, 70, and was successful of 40 of them, 57.1 percent. 

Tuesday, the gals were set to travel to Kingsland for the final regular season match of the season.  More likely than not, the team will be on the road for the first tournament match.