Girls rally past Rockets, coast past Cardinals

LEFT: Addyson McHugh uses a two-handed kill to score the final point of the second set to even the match at one-all against Randolph. The freshman hitter scored at the net with a match-high 22 kills and three blocks. RIGHT: Brielle Neeley attacks against a Randolph blocker during the Lions’ come-from-behind road win in the season opener at Randolph. Photos by S. Lee Epps
S. Lee Epps

A diving one-handed dig by VaNessa Peterson, followed by an assist from Rachel Normann and a kill by Brielle Neeley gave Spring Grove a 23-21 lead and soon thereafter a two sets to one edge in what became a 3-1 season-opening road win at Randolph on Aug. 27.

Two nights later, the Lions (2-0, 2-0 SEC) swept three sets from visiting LeRoy-Ostrander.

SG 3, Randolph 1(18-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-14)

The Rocket attack was flawless - 14 kills, no errors - while taking the first set 25-18. But Randolph could not maintain near perfection the rest of the match as Spring Grove swept the final three sets.

Overall, the Lions had 14 more kills (63 to 49) but also 9 more hitting errors (27 to 18).

A greater advantage came at the service line, where SG served 96% with twice as many aces (8) as errors (4). The Rockets served only 83% with more errors (14) then aces (11).

Freshman middle hitter Addyson McHugh, with a strong 30% hitting efficiency scored with 22 kills, 3 ace blocks and 2 ace serves. 

McHugh and junior defender Paige Jahnke each served 22 for 22 while sophomore Julia Halverson (8 for 8, 2 aces) and Peterson (6 for 6) also served with 100% accuracy. Normann served 3 aces and Solum 1,

Normann, a sophomore, had 2 kills and assisted on 41 of the other 46 Lion kills. Solum also scored with 12 kills and a block while sophomore Neeley put away 9 kills along with 2 blocks.

The Lions never led in set one (Randolph 25-18) as the Rockets earned 19 of their 25 points with 14 kills, 1 block and 4 ace serves.

SG led for most of set two (SG 25-19) with strong serving (4 aces, 1 error) and better passing than the home team (37 attacks to 28).

Set three (SG 25-21) was the big one for the Lions. The score was tied 11 times with eight lead changes. 

A 12th tie was averted by Peterson's diving save that came between aces served by Normann and Halverson - all while the Lions scored five of the final six points.

The momentum carried over into set four (SG 25-14) with two kills by Solum and one by McHugh giving the Lions a quick 3-0 advantage, a lead they never relinquished. It was the only set in which Randolph had more errors (13) than winning plays (7).

The conference opener for both teams was the third match of the season for the previously undefeated Rockets (2-1, 0-1 SEC), while it was the season opener for the Lions, who now lead the series, 5 wins to 1.

For most of the Lions, it was either a first varsity start or first varsity appearance. Since freshman letter winner Maggie Lile was unavailable due to injury,

Amelia Solum and McHugh were the only returning letter winners to see action. 

The Rockets won the B-teammatch 2-0 (25-20, 25-23) and also took both sets in the freshman contest.


Match Totals

Earned Points:

SG 63 (48K, 7B, 8A)

Ran 49 (33K, 5B, 11A)

Total Errors: SG 33, Ran 35

Attacks: SG 156, ran 149

Kills/Errors: SG 48/27, Ran 33/18

Hitting Efficiency:

SG 13%, Ran 10%


SG 96% (88-92)

Ran 83% (66-80)

Aces/Errors: SG 8/4, Ran 11/14

Digs: SG 81, Ran 76


SG 3, LeRoy-Ostrander 0 (25-21, 25-8, 25-19)

The Cardinals (0-3, 0-2 SEC) never led and pulled even only once at 6-6 in set three.  But L-O saved four set points in set one (SG 25-21) and saved five match points in set three (SG 25-19).

Jahnke served the first 15 points of set two (SG 25-8). She served five of the six Spring Grove aces. The Lions served 92% but had as many errors (6) as aces (6).

L-O served 88% with twice as many service errors (6) as aces (3).

Normann aired up 27 assists while McHugh posted 15 kills and Amelia Solum 11. No Cardinal had more than three kills.

Solum defended with 25 digs while McHugh had 15. Peterson dug 13 times and Jahnke 11.

"We didn’t play as crisp as we would have liked," said coach Kelsey Morken, “but we got the job done."

Spring Grove has taken 18 of the last 19 matches versus L-O.

Spring Grove also won the B-teammatch in straight sets, 2-0. There was no freshman match.

This week and next

Spring Grove was one of seven teams at the annual Mabel-Canton Tournament last Saturday after the Herald had gone to press early due to the holiday.

The Lions traveled to Lanesboro on Tuesday of this week before hosting state-ranked Mabel-Canton on Thursday, Sept. 5.


Spring Grove Volleyball 2019

approximately 7:15 p.m. unless noted; home matches in bold;  *conference matches 

8-2 (3-0 SEC)

W at Randolph* 3-1    

W vs. LeRoy-Ostrander* 3-0


at M-C Tournament

W vs. Houston 2-0

W vs. Grand Meadow 1-1

W vs. Lanesboro 2-0

W vs. Kingsland 2-0

W vs. Rushford-Peterson 2-0

L vs. Mabel-Canton 0-2

L vs. Mabel-Canton 0-2


W at Lanesboro* 3-0   

09/05   Mabel-Canton*                    

09/12   at Schaeffer Academy*

09/16   Glenville-Emmons*

09/17   at Houston*     

09/19   Kingsland*               

09/21   at Waukon Tourney 8 am        

09/24   Lanesboro*   

09/26   Grand Meadow*                   

10/01   at Mabel-Canton*

10/07   Caledonia 7 pm         

10/08   Houston*

10/10   at Kingsland*  

10/14   at Lyle/Pacelli* (Austin)


B-team Volleyball 2019


L at Randolph 0-2

W vs. LeRoy-Ostrander 2-0

L at Lanesboro 1-2



Freshman volleyball 2019


L at Randolph 0-2

W at Lanesboro 2-0