Volleyball team winding down regular season

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BILL BENTSON
CHATFIELD NEWS

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The Chatfield volleyball team was busy this past week with matches on Tuesday and Thursday and a tournament in Cannon Falls this past Saturday. 

On Tuesday the Gophers lost to Rushford-Peterson 1-3 (25-19, 17-25, 16-25, 29-31).  The gals fell just a little bit short in pushing the Lady Trojans into a fifth set.  On Thursday they fell to Dover-Eyota, also 1-3 (22-25, 27-25, 23-25, 23-25).  There was only a difference of five points in the four sets against the Lady Eagles.

The team went 1-4 at the Cannon Falls tournament.  The team was 0-3 in pool play, losing to Farmington (0-2: 14-25, 19-25), Wabasha-Kellogg (0-2: 13-25, 11-25) and Tartan (0-2: 13-25, 16-25).  In bracket play the Lady Gophers got a first round win over Plainview-Elgin-Millville (2-0:  25-15, 25-18), but then lost to Hastings (0-2: 19-25, 22-25).

Stats from the R-P match

Serving leaders: Paige Erickson, 18 for 18, three aces; Teagan Allen, 23 for 24, one ace; McKenna Daniels, nine for 10, two aces; and Mollie Henry, two for two.  The team was 77 for 87 (88.5 percent) with nine ace serves.  Tops in kills: Carlie Berge (seven), Erickson and Daniels, five each, four for Kielan LaPlante and three each for Belle Berg and Henry.  Allen had 13 set assists and Katie Ihrke added eight.  Erickson and Daniels each had two ace blocks, LaPlante had 1.5, and Berge had one.  Defensively, Abi Hinckley led the team with 17 digs and was 22 for 34 in serve receive (SR).  Abby Nosbisch had 12 digs and was 14 for 23 in SR.  Erickson and Ihrke each had five digs.  Peyton Berg was 10 for 12 in SR and Belle Berg was seven for 11 in the SR department.

Stats in D-E match

Serving leaders: Allen, 18 for 18; Nosbisch, 20 for 21, ace; Belle Berg , 14 for 15, ace; Hinckley, 17 for 19, three aces; and Goetzinger, three for three, ace.  Goetzinger had an outstanding hitting came, as she came up with 11 kills, just two errors, on 28 attacks, for a hitting efficiency of .321.  Daniels and Belle Berg each had seven kills and LaPlante added six kills.  Erickson had four kills and led the team with 4.5 ace blocks.  Allen had 23 of the team’s 29 set assists in the loss to the Eagles.  Defensively, three girls were in double-digits with digs, Hinckley (20), Belle Berg (12) and Nosbisch (11).  SR leaders were Hinkley, 20 of 30, Belle Berg, 26 of 39, and Nosbisch, 14 of 20.

Cannon Falls tournament

Erickson had a fine tournament, going 21 for 21 at the service line, with six aces and hit .323 at the net.  She had 12 kills, two hitting errors, and had 31 attacks.  She also had five ace blocks.  McKenna Daniels led the team with 13 kills and hit .189.  Also getting kills at the net were Belle Berg (nine), LaPlante (seven), Henry (seven), six each for Carlie Berge and Goetzinger, two for Allen and one each for Nosbisch and Peyton Berg.  LaPlante came up with 6.5 ace blocks in the tournament and Daniels had four. Hinckley led the team with 20 digs, followed by Peyton Berg (15), Nosbisch (14) and Allen (nine). Allen led the team with 37 set assists.  Devann Clemens had 10 sets and Ihrke had nine set assists.  Serve receive leader was Peyton Berg, 12 of 18.  Nosbisch was 31 for 52 in SR. 

“We’re still emphasizing the fundamentals,” said coach Taylor Salisbury. “We’ve got talented girls, but we need to put it all together.  When we do, we’ll be getting to be a complete team.”

This week the gals host Fillmore Central on Tuesday and travel to St. Charles on Thursday.  Final match of the regular season is Tuesday, Oct. 16, at home against Caledonia.  

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