Mabel-Canton vs. Caledonia

In a match pitting the eighth-ranked Class 2A volleyball team in the state versus the No. 9 team in Class 1A, Mabel-Canton hosted the Caledonia Warriors last week. The result was the first loss of the year for the Cougars, who were defeated in straight sets 17-25, 16-25, 14-25.

"We played a Caledonia team that was locked and loaded all night," coach Lonnie Morken noted. "They have two elite hitters in Emma Lange and Maria Fruechte and they set them repeatedly all night long. We had difficulty stopping them."

For the Cougars, Belle Sand led the attack with 14 kills on 38 attempts. She also had 9 digs and a block assist. Christy Welscher and Sara Lind each had three kills, while Lydia Geving had two. Christine Lee notched two ace serves, and had 12 digs. Geving had seven digs.

Lange put away 18 kills for the Warriors. Fruechte made 13. Taylor Winjum had 32 set assists.

"Caledonia played a great match and I just wish we could play them again!" Morken said. "We will take a lot away from this game and we will become better because of it."

Mabel-Canton vs. Schaeffer Academy

All 14 Cougars played in all three sets two nights later (Sept. 13), as Mabel-Canton defeated Schaeffer Academy 25-11, 25-6, 25-10.

The Lions remained winless in their second season of varsity volleyball (0-10-0, 0-5 SEC).

"I was proud that we were able to keep our focus as well as we did," Morken said. "We have two big tournaments coming up and we will play many teams that will be good enough to beat us if we don't play focused, passionate volleyball. This weekend we go to Burnsville to play in the Class A Showcase tournament. We will compete against many of the top Class A schools in the state. We will see if we have improved any from the Caledonia match!"

Sand had 10 kills. Lind had four. Kristina Mengis put away three, while seven other Cougars had at least one kill. Geving led in digs with four, followed by McCabe with three. Lind and Hannah Nolte each had two ace blocks. Ten M-C players hit ace serves, led by Sand and Geving with five each.

Lanesboro was scheduled to visit M-C on Sept. 18. Two days later the Cougars travel to Hope Lutheran. The Burnsville Tournament spans two days (9/21, 9/22). Mabel-Canton travels to Spring Grove the following Tuesday.

Southeast Conference 2012

conf. season

VOLLEYBALL W L W L T

EAST

Mabel-Canton* 4 - 0 11- 1 - 0

Spring Grove 3 - 1 8 - 7 - 0

Houston 3 - 2 5 -13 - 0

Hope Lutheran 1 - 4 3 - 4 - 0

Lanesboro 1 - 4 1 - 10 - 0

WEST

LeRoy-Ostrander* 4 - 1 7 - 2 - 0

Grand Meadow 3 - 2 6 - 5 - 0

Glenville-Emmons 2 - 2 2 - 2 - 0

Lyle/Pacelli 2 - 2 4 - 8 - 0

Schaeffer Academy 0 - 5 0 -10- 0

* defending champion