Chatfield volleyball team wins two matches

LEIF ERICKSON/CHATFIELD NEWS Carlie Berge tips the ball over the net in Chatfield’s match against Rushford-Peterson.

LEIF ERICKSON/CHATFIELD NEWS Teagan Allen sets the ball for the Gophers vs. Rushford-Peterson.

LEIF ERICKSON/CHATFIELD NEWS Devann Clemens dives for the ball in Chatfield’s match against Rushford-Peterson.

LEIF ERICKSON/CHATFIELD NEWS Abi Hinckley keeps the ball in play for the Gophers in the match against Rushford-Peterson.
Bill Bentson

The Chatfield volleyball team evened its Three Rivers Conference record at 4-4 with a win over Dover-Eyota on Thursday by a score of 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-12).  On Tuesday the Gophers got a 3-1 (25-15, 25-19, 23-25, 27-25) win over Rushford-Peterson, which was a non-conference match-up.  The gals had their TRC match with R-P back in September.

 “We were battling back and forth all night with R-P,” said head coach Taylor Salisbury.  “Their ‘right side’ (Kaleah Davis) gave us a run for our money.  She was very effective and they didn’t utilize her as much as I thought they would.  We were lucky.  Our passing was on, so were able to utilize all front row hitters.”

The team had very good balance with their kills: Paige Erickson (12), Kielan LaPlante (11), Carlie Berge (9), McKenna Daniels (8), Zayda Priebe (7) and Mollie Henry (3).  Sharing the setter duties were Devann Clemens and Teagan Allen.  Clemens came up with 24 set assists and Allen had 17.  At the net, Priebe and Erickson had two blocks, with 1.5 for Berge, one for Henry and 0.5 for LaPlante.  LaPlante was the leading hitter, .267 (11 kills-3 errors-30 attacks).  Erickson was at .242 (12-4-33).

On defense, Peyton Berg had 31 digs and was 30 for 33 (90.9%) in serve receive.  Abi Hinckley had 13 digs and was 13 for 18 (72.2%) in SR; Abby Nosbisch was 11 for 13 (84.6%) in serve receive.  Also coming up with digs were McDaniels (9), Clemens (8) and seven each for LaPlante, Nosbisch and Allen.  It was definitely a team effort on defense, as Berge added six and four each for Henry and Erickson.

At the service line, Allen (18/18) and Berg (8/8) were perfect at 100 percent.  Missing just one serve were Clemens (29/30) and Nosbisch (13/14).  Team serving was at 93.0 percent (93/100). 

Against Dover-Eyota, Salisbury said, “They were tough servers and we weren’t moving to the ball as quickly.  A few adjustments and we were able to get our offense going and finish all the games.  Thursday wasn’t the best match we’ve played.  The girls were definitely feeling the effects of Homecoming and no sleep.” 

The serving was on against the Lady Eagles.  Leading the way and receiving the “WEB” award was Allen, going 22 for 22, with an ace.  Clemens was 10 for 10 and Shelby Nolan went one for one.  Missing just one were Hinckley (11/12), Erickson (8/9) and Berg (9/10).  The team was 61 for 65 (93.8%). 

Tops in kills were LaPlante and Priebe, each with seven.  Erickson and LaPlante each had 2.5 blocks, two for Priebe, 1.5 for Henry, one for Berge and 0.5 for Daniels.

In double-digits for digs were Berg (12) and Nosbisch (11).  Berg also led the team in SR with 15 of 16.  Henry and Allen had seven digs each.

Tuesday the team will travel to Harmony for a match with Fillmore Central and Thursday the Gophers will host St. Charles.