Volleyball team perfect in start to conference schedule

LEIF ERICKSON/CHATFIELD NEWS Chatfield’s Paige Erickson lines up a kill against Southland.
Bill Bentson

This past week the Chatfield volleyball team picked up a pair of Three Rivers Conference wins, improving its overall record to 4-4, and putting the Gophers on top of the TRC standings at 2-0.

Last Tuesday they downed Rushford-Peterson, 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-19) and Thursday they got a 3-2 (22-25, 15-25, 25-12, 25-11, 15-8) win over the Southland Rebels.

The JV team lost to R-P and beat Southland.

In the win over the Lady Trojans, Kielan LaPlante had a great day at the net, coming up with eight kills and a hitting average of .368 (8k-1e-19a) and two ace blocks.  Chatfield only had 24 kills as a team, but put lots of pressure on the R-P defense, and forced the Trojans into numerous errors.  Mollie Henry had five kills to lead the team with two kills each for Zayda Priebe, Kennedie Schmaltz, Paige Erickson, Peyton Berg and Carlie Berge.  Co-setter Teagan Allen also had a kill.  Allen had eight set assists to lead the team, with six assists for Devann Clemens and two assists each for Abi Hinckley, Abby Nosbisch and Berg.

In addition to LaPlante’s blocks, Erickson had 3.5, Priebe had 2.5, Henry had two, Berge had 1.5 and an assist, and Schmaltz had 0.5.

Defensively, Clemens and Berg each came up with 15 digs, with 10 for Hinckley, seven, six and five for Nosbisch, Allen and Berge, respectively.  Berg was the busiest in the back row, nailing 15 of 23 in serve receives.  Hinckley was four for seven in SR.

At the service line, Allen was a perfect 24 for 24, with two ace serves, Clemens went nine for nine, LaPlante hit four of four and Berg was 10 for 11 with an ace.

As a team, Chatfield served at 91.9 percent (79/86), along with six aces.  The gals hit just .084 (24k-16e-95 attacks), but came up with a total of 12 ace blocks.

“We played really well and cohesive together for all three games (sets),” said coach Taylor Salisbury.  “We kept the pressure on Rushford-Peterson and minimized our errors.”

In the win over Southland, Schmaltz had her best match of the season at the net, coming up with nine kills and one error in 16 attacks, for a hitting average of .500. Leading the team with 10 kills each were LaPlante and Priebe, with Erickson getting seven and Henry six.  The team had a total of 44 kills, 22 errors and 130 attacks for a hitting efficiency of .169.  Clemens dominated the set assists in this match, coming up with 32 of the team’s total of 42.  Allen added eight assists. 

The gals also had 16.5 blocks: eight for Priebe, 2.5 each for Berge and Schmaltz, 1.5 for LaPlante, one for Erickson and 0.5 each for Clemens and Henry.

Chatfield had one of its better matches at the service line, connecting on 90 of 97, 92.8 percent, and 16 aces.  Nosbisch led the team at 20 for 20 (2 aces), Hinckley, eight for eight, and Allen, five for five.  Clemens delivered 20 of 21 with three aces, Erickson 17 of 19, five aces, and Berg, 13 of 14 with four ace serves.  LaPlante made four of five with one ace and Sydney Allen made three of five with one ace.

The team also had one of its better matches in the serve receive (SR) department, going 58 for 74, 78.4 percent.  Leading the way were Peyton Berg, 31 for 36 (86.1%), Abi Hinckley (12/16, 75.0%) and Abby Nosbisch (12/16, 75.0%).  Defensively, Berg and Clemens led the team in digs with 17 and 10 respectively.  Nine other gals had digs in the five-set match. 

The team was scheduled to be at La Crescent-Hokah (0-5) on Tuesday and Thursday the Gophers will be hosting Plainview-Elgin-Millville (1-2).  Saturday the team will participate in the Wabasha-Kellogg tournament.