The Chatfield volleyball team finished the 2017 season with a 6-24 record, 3-9 in the Three Rivers Conference, 6-23 during the regular season and 0-1 in the 1AA East sub-section tournament.

No players from this year’s squad made the 2017 Three Rivers All-Conference team, but senior Grace Friederichs, sophomore Kielan LaPlante and freshman Abi Hinckley were selected for the Honorable Mention team.

The team was 22-63 in sets played this past season.  Friederichs played in every set, LaPlante missed just one set, senior Macy Pederson and freshman Paige Erickson missed just three sets, and ninth grader Mollie Henry missed just four sets.

Seniors who completed their volleyball careers at Chatfield high school: Julia Friederichs, Pederson, Grace Friederichs, Kennedy O’Connor, Megan Hopp and Mikaela Kohlmeyer. 

”I sure enjoyed the team this year — such a great group of players.  They truly know the meaning of team.  They got along very well and supported each other while pushing each other to improve individually and collectively.  The captains set a standard of team conduct from day one which the program can build on for years to come,” said head coach Ruth Ann Lund.  “We would have liked to win a couple more games but that will have to wait until next year.  The girls were competitive with some very good teams — the key now is to iron out the big swings.  Experience helps to take care of these ups and downs.”

When the team returns for the 2018 season with three freshmen, one sophomore and one junior who made significant contributions this season, optimism is definitely high for the Lady Gopher volleyball team.

Head coach Lund is assisted by Kathy Bernard and Nikki Ostby.

Here are the stat leaders in each of the categories.

Serving

Pederson was the top server for Chatfield this past season at 93.95 percent, making 201 out of 215, and right behind her was Grace Friederichs at 93.39 percent, 240/257.  Also over 90 percent was Hinckley, 91.86 percent (237/258).  Others, with more than 150 serves, included, Henry (89.88 percent, 222/247), LaPlante (89.66 percent, 182/203) and Belle Berg (85.33 percent, 128/150).  Hopp (17/17) and O’Connor (1/1) were perfect at 100 percent. 

Ace serves leaders in double digits: Hinckley (37, 14.3 percent), Gace Friederichs (27, 10.5 percent), Henry (25, 10.1 percent), Berg (18, 12.0 percent), Pederson (15, 7.0 percent), LaPlante (14, 6.9 percent) and Alanna Goetzinger (11, 18.0 percent). 

Hitting

LaPlante was the team leader with 186 kills, averaging 2.214 per set.  Three other players had more than 100 kills this past season: Erickson (129, 1.573/set), Henry (121, 1.494/set) and Berg (106, 1.395). 

Hitting average (efficiency) leader was Erickson, 0.1914 (129 kills, 58 errors, 371 attacks).  LaPlante hit 0.1267 (186-112-584) and Henry was at 0.1185 (121-73-405).  Also with positive averages, more kills than errors, were Grace Friederichs (17-4-71, 0.183), O’Connor (6-3-18, 0.167), and McKenna Daniels (5-4-23, 0.044). 

Set assists

Grace Friederichs had 460 set assists this past season, which turned out to be 86 percent of the team’s set assists.

Ace blocks

LaPlante led the team with 30 blocks.  Also in double figures were Erickson, 19.5, and Goetzinger, 13.5.

Defensive stats

Digs

The team leader in digs was Hinckley, 309, 4.120 per set.  Next was Berg, 234, 3.079/set, followed by Grace Friederichs (197, 2.318/set) and Pederson (182, 2.220/set).

Serve receive

Six different players played a significant role in the back row receiving serves.  Leading with 313 of 474, 66.0 percent, was Hinckley.  Passing 185 of 254 was Pederson (72.83 percent), best with a significant number of attempts.   Berg was right behind her at 72.52 percent (219/302).  The other three were Erickson (71.17 percent, 79/111), Julia Friederichs (69.61 percent, 126/181) and Hopp (61.68 percent, 103/167).