Mabel-Canton's Ashlyn Dahl tips the ball over the net vs. Lanesboro.
Mabel-Canton's Ashlyn Dahl tips the ball over the net vs. Lanesboro.
The Cougars played volleyball in Lanesboro on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and then hosted some Patriots from Hope Lutheran on Thursday. Mabel-Canton took the drivers' seat in both matches, winning in six straight sets.

Mabel-Canton (W) at Lanesboro 25-15, 25-8, 25-12

Mabel-Canton (again ranked No. 8 in Class 1A polling) jumped out to an early lead in all three sets, and then kept up the pressure with aggressive serving and a 37 percent hitting efficiency demonstration.

"Christine Lee and Danielle Paul both had very good nights serving," M-C coach Lonnie Morken said. "I also thought we hit pretty well having 33 kills and 9 errors. Lanesboro played very scrappy again and made us earn a lot of our points."

For the Cougars, Carly McCabe provided 26 assists. Belle Sand hit 8 kills. Kristina Mengis recorded 5 kills, as did Lydia Geving. Danielle Paul and Carly McCabe each made 4 digs on defense. Christine Lee led in ace serves with 5. Paul had 4 aces.

LHS stats included 2 kills and 4 digs for Sydney Johnson. Madison Ming had 2 kills. Megan Kiehne had 5 digs and an ace serve. Stephanie Erickson had 2 aces. Kaia Hongerholt had 6 digs, while Linnea Thiss made 4.

Mabel-Canton sent in all 15 players, allowing the whole team to get some valuable experience, Morken noted.

Mabel-Canton (W) vs. Hope Lutheran 25-12, 25-11, 25-14

Senior night ceremonies, a part of homecoming week, honored Welscher, Mengis, Amanda Rasmussen, and Paul. Junior Sand was also recognized for her recent achievement of reaching 1,000 career digs, and classmate Geving, who has broken the record for career ace serves.

Sand joins a select group, since the only Cougars who have ever passed the 1,000-dig mark are Jenni Aasum (1,594) and Cassidy Whalen (1,519).

"Lydia broke Jenni Aasum's career record with her second ace serve the game before against Lanesboro," Morken said. "Against Hope we had one of our best serving nights of the season. We only had 5 misses and 19 ace serves."

That kind of tough serving paid dividends during Thursday's match, which again saw all 15 varsity players take the floor.

"Our blocking is much improved this season and both Sara Lind and Christy Welscher had great games blocking," Morken added. "We received positive contributions from all 15 players."

Both Lind and Welscher had 3 ace blocks. McCabe had 18 set assists, 7 digs, 2 kills. In total, nine Cougars recorded kills, with Sand leading the category with 9 put-aways on 13 attempts and only 2 errors (54 percent efficiency). Paul led with 6 ace serves, while Sand and Geving had 4 each. Geving also provided 6 digs.

No stats were provided by Hope Lutheran.

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The Cougars were scheduled to play at Glenville-Emmons on Oct. 16. Section 1A seedings occur on Wednesday, Oct. 17. On the following night, M-C will host LeRoy-Ostrander in the SEC East/West Showcase game. "We have a very tough subsection again and will have no easy playoff games," Morken said.