Girls top Burros, cannot conquer M-C again

Kailee Olerud executes an overhead tip for a kill against Mabel-Canton. RIGHT: Sydnie Kampschroer (at left) and Alyssa Johnson set up a double block against Lanesboro hitter Sydney Taylor. Preparing to dig are Kyleigh Doering (far left) and Mariah Edgington.
By : 
S. Lee Epps

After winning the Mabel-Canton Tournament, the Spring Grove girls split a pair of conference volleyball matches, including a loss to Mabel-Canton, which avenged a loss against the Lions in the tourney title match.

Spring Grove defeated Lanesboro for the second time in four days on Sept. 4 before a third meeting in six days with Mabel-Canton on Sept. 6 in front a packed house at Mabel.

The Cougars (11-1, 5-0 SEC) remained atop the SEC East while the Lions slipped to 9-2 overall and 3-1 in league play.

>>>SG 3, Lanesboro 0 (25-7, 25-17, 25-20)

Each set followed a different course. Spring Grove dominated set one from start to finish. The Burros suddenly showed up when scoring the first six points of the second set with two kills, two ace serves and an ace block.

Lanesboro (1-9, 0-3 SEC) continued to shine and led 11-2 before mistakes began to reappear about the time the Lions caught fire. SG caught up at 14-all in the midst of a 16-to-2 run that put the Lions ahead 21-14.

Unlike the first two sets, set three began back and forth with five tie scores before SG moved ahead with a 6-to-1 run and reached match point at 24-16.

The resilient Burros then saved five match points with three kills and two ace serves before it ended 25-21 with a service error.

Overall, the Lions were far superior with the serve and serve receive passing. While SG served 96%, Lanesboro served only 79% with five aces and 10 misfires.

Mariah Edgington served 28 for 28 with a 6 of the 11 Lion aces. The team served 73 times with only 3 errant serves.

Kailee Olerud guided the attack with 17 assists and added 4 kills herself with no hitting errors.

Sydnie Kampschroer was the most efficient at the hitter positions (36%, kills minus errors divided by attacks) with 6 kills along with 2 scoring blocks.

Alyssa Johnson (33%) was the kill leader with nine while Amelia Solum (25%) scored with 5 kills and assisted on another 3 kills.

Johnson and Solum shared the dig lead with 9 each.

The B-team (3-0) defeated the Burros 25-25 and 25-17 while the Freshmen tied 1-1, dropping the first set 20-25 before taking the second set 25-14.

INDIVIDUALS: K- kills, B-ace blocks, A-ace serves, S-set assists, D-digs

In order of jersey number

Doering 1K, 2S, 2A, 4D; Jahnke 1S; Olerud 4K, 17S, 4D; McHugh 2K, 2B ; Johnson 9K, 2A, 9D; Solum 5K, 3S, 1A, 9D; Edgington 1S, 6A, 4D; Kampschroer 6K, 2B, 2S, 1D; Lile 1K, 1S


Attacks: SG 67, LHS 69

Kills/Errors: SG 28/10, LHS 21/25

Hitting Efficiency: SG 27%, LHS 9%

Serving %: SG 96%, LHS 79%

Aces/Errors: SG 11/3, LHS 2/4

Digs: SG 31, LHS 24


Mabel-Canton 3, SG 0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-16)

A large, energetic crowd erupted on every point during a dramatic first set in which a valiant Lion comeback fell just short. The Cougars led 15-5 before SG twice got back within one point at 21-20 and 24-23 before it ended with a service error. 

Both teams struggled with misfires near the net in pressure-packed set one. But the Cougar attack became far more efficient while winning set two by 11 points and the final set by nine. The only Lion lead of the night came with a Kampschroer kill that opened set three.

SG had a weak 4% hitting efficiency (25 kills, 20 errors), greatly due to how well M-C defended with digs. The Cougars' 16% efficiency (38 kills, 18 errors) was below their expectation as well, but it was enough to claim their amazing 116th straight conference victory.

SG served a good 93% but managed only 2 aces along with 4 misfires. M-C was also better at the service line with 9 aces and 6 errors.

Edgington sparked SG with 14 kills, 2 ace blocks (1 solo, 2 assists) and 18 digs - also with a team-best 17% hitting efficiency.

Olerud supplied 16 set assists, was second in digs with 11 and served one of the team's two aces.

The Lion B-team suffered its first loss 2-0 while the freshmen lost in a split decision 2-1. In junior high action, SG Red lost to the Cougar eighth graders 0-2 while SG Black won the seventh grade match 2-0.

This week and next

As this edition was going to press on Sept. 10, the Lions were on the road at Glenville-Emmons. SG hosts Schaeffer Academy on Thursday, Sept. 13 before defending their championship at the Waukon Tournament on Sept. 15.

The girls are home against second-place Houston on Tuesday Sept. 18.

INDIVIDUALS: Doering 4S, 0.5 B, 1A, 5D; Olerud 1K, 16S, 0.5B, 1A, 11D; Johnson 4K, 9D; Solum 2K, 1S, 0.5B, 7D; Edgington 14K, 2B, 1S, 18D; Kampschroer 4K, 0.5B, 1S, 4D; Lile 8D


Attacks: SG 128, M-C 122

Kills/Errors: SG 25/20, M-C 38/18

Hitting Efficiency: SG 4%, M-C 16%

Serving %: SG 93%, M-C 92%

Serve Aces/Errors: SG 2/4, M-C 9/6

Digs: SG 82, M-C 75


VOLLEYBALL*conference match. 

9 wins, 2 losses (3-1 SEC)

W vs.*Randolph 3-0

W at *LeRoy-Ostrander 3-0


at Mabel-Canton Tourney (SG champion)

W vs. Waukon 2-0

W vs. Grand Meadow 2-0

W vs. Lanesboro 2-0

W vs. Kingsland 2-0

W vs. Rushford-Peterson 1-1

L vs. Mabel-Canton 1-1

W vs. Mabel-Canton 2-0


W vs. *Lanesboro 3-0

L *at Mabel-Canton 0-3

Mon. 9/10………*at Glenville-Emmons

Thur. 9/13……...*Schaeffer Academy

Sat. 9/15…………at Waukon Tourney 8 a.m.

Tues. 9/18………*Houston

Thur. 9/20………*at Kingsland

Tues. 9/25………*at Lanesboro

Thur. 9/27………*at Grand Meadow

Tues. 10/02…….*Mabel-Canton (HC)

Mon. 10/08………at Caledonia

Tues. 10/09…….*at Houston

Thurs. 10/11…..*Kingsland

Mon. 10/15……..*Lyle/Pacelli 


>>Southeast Conference


Mabel-Canton 5-0 SEC (11-1 season)

Houston………. 3-0 (7-1)

Spring Grove….3-1 (9-2)

Kingsland………2-2 (4-7)

Lanesboro……..0-4 (2-13)


Grand Meadow……...4-1 SEC (12-6 season)

LeRoy-Ostrander…..2-2 (2-6)

Lyle/Pacelli…………..2-3 (3-6)

Schaeffer Academy 1-3 (2-7)

Glenville-Emmons…0-3 (0-4)

Randolph………………0-4 (0-4)