Cougar netters win on the road
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 3:45 AM
As of Monday, Sept. 16, Mabel-Canton's volleyball team remained undefeated (12-0-0) and was ranked #5 in state polls. The Cougars played twice last week, both away games.
Coranda Vickerman, left, and Mabel-Canton teammate Sara Vettelson-Trutza defend against Lanesboro. CHRIS OLSON/NEWS-RECORD
M-C at Schaeffer Academy
The first of two away matches took place in Rochester last Tuesday, Sept. 10. M-C defeated the Schaeffer Academy (SA) Lions in straight sets, 25-8, 25-12, 25-15.
Offensively the Cougars were outstanding, generating a hitting efficiency rate of .430. Coach Lonnie Morken said the team was passing well and had great setting. Carly McCabe had three kills and 28 sets, surpassing her 2,000th career assist.
"We will take time to honor her at our next home game which won't be until October," Morken noted. "This is a great milestone and she joins only three former players on the (2,000 assist) list - Shelby Bigalk, Brittany Pierce and Kayla O'Bieglo."
Lydia Geving had eight kills, six service aces, fie digs and an assist.
Sara Lind put away five kills and scored two ace blocks.
Belle Sand had five kills, five service aces and three digs.
Coranda Vickerman had two kills, five assists, four service aces and five digs.
Sara Vettleson-Trutza and Savannah Slafter each came in for three kills. Vettleson-Trutza also scored via two ace blocks. Lexi Thorson had two digs, a service ace and a kill.
M-C at Lanesboro
Two days later, the team traveled to Lanesboro to take on the Burros. Results were similar, with the Cougars winning 25-10, 25-11, 25-16.
Morken reported good serving, although hitting wasn't quite as sharp. M-C smoked 22 aces while placing 92 percent of their serves in-bounds. Hitting efficiency was 28 percent.
"Coranda Vickerman had a great night serving," Morken reported. "It seemed like whenever she went back to serve we ripped off a run of points. Lanesboro did a pretty good job of limiting their errors and made us earn our points, which was great to see. They have some really good younger kids coming up so their future is sure bright!"
Freshman Vickerman had 10 aces, five digs, and five assists.
Sand provided 10 kills, five digs, and one service ace.
Lind put away nine kills, scored an ace block and added a dig.
McCabe had five kills, 24 set assists, a service ace and seven digs.
Vettleson-Trutza had four kills, four aces, three ace blocks and a dig.
Geving served five aces, had four digs and put away a kill.
Hannah Nolte and Slafter had two kills each.
Christine Lee provided three assists, served an ace and got six digs.
In what could be the toughest test of the year so far, M-C traveled to AA Caledonia on Monday evening (Sept. 16). Although the Warriors graduated some talented players after their 2012 season, they return many whom participated in the state championship match. Look for a complete report in next week's News-Record. The following night, the Cougars headed for Hope Lutheran. Spring Grove is scheduled for Sept. 19. The site will depend on whether or not the new gymnasium floor currently being installed at the Lions' den is certified as ready for action.