Girls win the Mabel-Canton Tourney!

Wearing their tournament championship t-shirts are in front Raina Chase, Rachel Normann, Maggie Lile, Kyleigh Doering, Paige Jahnke and Amelia Solum. In back row are coach Julianna Lile, coach Abby Loken, VaNessa Peterson, Alyssa Johnson, Addyson McHugh, Sydnie Kampschroer, Kailee Olerud, Mariah Edgington, head coach Kelsey Morken and coach Taylor Elton. BELOW: Lions celebrate a point scored at the Mabel-Canton Tournament. From left are Sydnie Kampschroer, Alyssa Johnson, Kyleigh Doering, Amelia Solum and Mariah Edgington. Submitted photos
By : 
S. Lee Epps

Spring Grove ended a 59-match and 22-year losing streak to Mabel-Canton in the championship match of the Sept. 1 Mabel-Canton Volleyball Tournament. 

The 59th setback had come in the last match of round-robin play as the Cougars won the total-points tiebreaker after the teams had split two sets. 

Overall, Spring Grove (8-1) won three of the four sets versus Mabel-Canton (9-1), during which both suffered their first setback of the season.

It was the 11th annual M-C Tournament but the first that the Cougars did not win.

On the way to the final two matches versus host Mabel-Canton, the Lions won their first five matches, including a tiebreaking decision over Rushford-Peterson and an amazing comeback to edge Kingsland.

Mariah Edgington led the Lions in digs with 62 and in hitting efficiency at 30%. The senior middle hitter and libero was second in kills with 28.

Alyssa Johnson was the kill leader with 31 and third in digs with 42. Amelia Solum added 23 kills and 36 digs while Sydnie Kampschroer scored with 22 kills.

Setter Kailee Olerud scored with 18 kills in addition to 104 assists. Maggie Lile was second in digs with 43 saves.

The Lions served a strong 94% for the day with 6 aces each from Olerud and Kyleigh Doering. Johnson and Solum each served 5 aces.

>>>SG 2, Waukon 0 (25-21, 25-13)

Set one was tied 15 times before the Lions closed with a 5-to-1 run.

>>>SG 2, Gr. Meadow 0 (25-10, 26-24)

Spring Grove surprisingly dominated the first set against a veteran and athletic team that is the defending SEC West Division champion.

The second set was another story. SG had narrow leads before the Superlarks pulled even at 14-all and then used a 4-0 run to lead 20-17. But the Lions came back, and the score was tied four times before SG scored the final two points to win 26-24.

The Larks would close the day by winning the third place match.

>>>SG 2, Lanesboro 0 (25-13, 25-18)

The Lions handed Lanesboro another loss before the Burros would claim their first win of the season in their next match against Waukon.

Lanesboro led early in set two before the Lions put together 4 and 5-point runs to lead 21-12 and eventually win by seven

>>>SG 2, Kingsland 0. (25-23, 26-24)

The Lions came from behind late to win both sets by the narrowest of margins, the second set going to 26 points.

Set one was close all the way with nine tie scores until a six-point run put the Knights ahead 21-17. But the Lions rallied from a 22-18 deficit with a closing 7-to-1 run to win 25-23.

SG never led in set two until scoring the final two points. The Knights enjoyed a commanding 22-14 cushion before the Lions scored 12 of the final 14 points to win 26-24.

>>>SG 1, R-P 1 (SG wins) (25-16, 20-25)

Spring Grove won the tiebreaker on total points, 45-41. The Lions never trailed in set one, doubling up at 22-11 before winning 25-16.

SG led early in set two before the Trojans caught up at 13-all and later separated with a 5-0 run for a 22-16 lead on the way to a 25-20 victory. 

>>>M-C 1, SG 1 (M-C wins) (M-C 25-16, SG 25-21)

The Cougars won the tiebreaker, taking set one by nine points before SG won set two by four points.

In set one, M-C nursed narrow leads until a late 7-0 run. Set two was tied 12 times, finally at 21-all before the Lions took the final four points.

>>>CHAMPIONSHIP: SG 2, M-C 0 (25-20, 25-19)

In both sets, the Lions broke away from a 6-6 tie and were never caught. They separated with a 5-0 run in set one and went on to win by five.

In set two, SG broke the tie with a 3-0 run and later used a 4-0 run to go ahead 17-11 and would win by the same six-point spread.


VOLLEYBALL*conference match. 

8 wins, 1 loss (2-0 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


Tues. 9/04……..*Lanesboro

Thur. 9/06……..*at Mabel-Canton

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