Chatfield’s Kielen LaPlante goes up for a hit vs. Lewiston-Altura.
SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS Chatfield’s Kielen LaPlante goes up for a hit vs. Lewiston-Altura.

“Tough day today,” said Chatfield volleyball coach Ruth Ann Lund, summarizing the play for the Chatfield volleyball team at the Cannon Falls tournament Saturday. 

The team went 0-5 in the tournament, splitting sets with Tartan (25-23, 11-25) and losing 0-2 to Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (13-25, 8-25), Red Wing (12-25, 10-25), Minnehaha Academy (15-25, 14-25) and Park of Cottage Grove (22-25, 18-25).  No other stats were available at press time for the CF tournament.

Last Tuesday, the Lady Gophers lost to Lewiston-Altura.  It was a “tough match,” said coach Lund, adding that “Lewiston has an excellent squad.  They are going to give some teams a headache in the playoffs.  Chatfield played a little like it's Homecoming week — a little lack of focus.  LA came ready to play and used every serve, making it difficult for Chatfield to get our offense going. 

In the second set, Chatfield did get some offense going: Kielan LaPlante had five kills, two solo blocks, and no hitting errors.  Belle Berg had three kills, no hitting errors, five digs and an ace serve.  Both Macy Pederson and Abi Hinckley had an ace serve. 

“We still had a stretch in the middle where Lewiston-Altura scored six or seven points in a row, but the Gophers were able to hang on,” said Lund.

LaPlante finished the match with 11 kills and hit .381 (three errors, 21 attacks), Berg finished with eight kills and hit .200 (4e, 20a) and Mollie Henry and Paige Erickson each finished the four sets with six kills.  Grace Friederichs had 24 of the team’s 27 set assists.  Also at the net, LaPlante had 3.5  blocks, Erickson 1.5 and one each for Henry and Alanna Goetzinger. 

From the service line, Pederson was the only Gopher with 100 percent, going 11 for 11 with one ace serve.  Missing just one serve were Hinckley (14/15, 2 aces), Grace Friederichs (9/10) and LaPlante (9/10).  Missing just two serves were Henry (9/11) and Berg (8/10, 2 aces). 

Defensively, the Gophers were led by Berg, 18 digs and 14 for 19 in serve receive (SR).  Also at 14 for 19 in SR was Pederson, who also had five digs.  Hinckley had 11 digs and was 16 for 30 in SR.  Julia Friederichs had six digs and was six for 13 in SR, and Henry and Erickson each had four digs.

Tuesday night the team was scheduled to travel to Wabasha-Kellogg and Thursday night the team is home with La Crescent.  Thursday night’s match is the final home regular season match.  Final match of the regular season is Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Kingsland.