Entering play this week ranked No. 8 in Minnesota Class 1A, the Mabel-Canton Cougars hosted Glenville-Emmons on Oct. 2, then traveled to Lyle/Pacelli on Thursday. The end result was six straight winning sets versus SEC West opponents for M-C, which remained unbeaten in conference play at 10-0.

Mabel-Canton (W) vs. G-E 25-14, 25-8, 25-7

Lydia Geving scored nine service aces in the straight set win over the Wolverines. Christy Welscher recorded three aces, while Christine Lee added two. Carly McCabe recorded 17 assists and Coranda Vickerman set up eight. Kill leaders were Belle Sand with seven, Geving and Welsher with five each and Kristina Mengis with four. Sand led in digs as well, with eight.

"We were able to play all 15 girls quite a bit and got positive contributions out of everybody," M-C coach Lonnie Morken said. "Our hitters were very efficient due to some great passing and setting."

The Wolverines came into Tuesday's match with just 5 wins in 20 appearances. "We knew going in that G-E hadn't won a lot so we didn't want to give them any momentum by stringing unforced errors together," Morken said. "For the most part we did that."

Mabel-Canton (W) at L/P 25-12, 25-13, 25-21

Morken characterized the Athletics as "a much improved team" over the course of the 2012 season. After seven straight losses, L/P had won four out of six, and stretched a solid LeRoy-Ostrander team to four sets on Oct. 2.

With trademark efficiency, the Cougars used aggressive serving and a variety of hitters, taking the first two sets quickly before L/P was able to mount an offensive response. The third set remained close until the end, with good play at the net from the Athletics.

"Our serving took them out of their offense and gave us many opportunities to run our free ball offense," Morken said. "Belle had a great night serving. She kept moving the ball around and kept them off balance."

Sand served 9 aces and made 6 kills. She also contributed 5 digs. Geving chipped in another 4 aces, 6 kills and 3 digs. Welscher had 10 kills and 2 ace blocks. McCabe had 24 set assists, 5 kills and 4 digs. Lee had 6 digs, 3 set assists, an ace and 17 serves received. Sara Lind made 4 kills and assisted on 2 blocks. Mengis had 3 kills, 4 assists. Five other Cougars also had at least one kill.

"This was another game where we were able to play all 15 girls a lot," Morken noted. "I was proud of our focus this week!"

Up next:

The Cougars were scheduled to travel to Lanesboro on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Two nights later, they host Hope Lutheran. On Oct. 16, the Cougars will play at Grand Meadow. On Oct. 18, M-C will host the SEC East/West Showcase game, where the two division winners will meet. Sub-section play begins on Oct. 22.

Southeast Conference 2012

conf. season



Mabel-Canton* 10- 0 25- 5 - 0

Spring Grove 7 - 3 12-10 - 0

Houston 7 - 3 9 -14 - 0

Hope Lutheran 2 - 7 5 -14 - 0

Lanesboro 1 - 9 1 -14 - 0


LeRoy-Ostrander* 7 - 3 14- 5 - 0

Grand Meadow 7 - 3 12- 9 - 0

Lyle/Pacelli 5 - 5 7 -11 - 0

Glenville-Emmons 3 - 7 5 -15 - 0

Schaeffer Academy 0 - 9 0 -15- 0

* defending champion