Mabel-Canton’s volleyball team ended its season last Thursday evening as the sub-section runners up. In front, from left, are Sara Vettleson-Trutza, Danielle Graves, Lexi Thorson, Ashlyn Dahl, Savannah Slafter, Hannah Nolte, Coranda Vickerman and Courtney Graves. In the second row are assistant coach Susie Munroe, assistant coach Bethany Moen, Sara Lind, Kourtney Coyle, Lydia Geving, Belle Sand, Carly McCabe, Christine Lee, Maddy Michels and Coach Lonnie Morken.
Mabel-Canton’s volleyball team ended its season last Thursday evening as the sub-section runners up. In front, from left, are Sara Vettleson-Trutza, Danielle Graves, Lexi Thorson, Ashlyn Dahl, Savannah Slafter, Hannah Nolte, Coranda Vickerman and Courtney Graves. In the second row are assistant coach Susie Munroe, assistant coach Bethany Moen, Sara Lind, Kourtney Coyle, Lydia Geving, Belle Sand, Carly McCabe, Christine Lee, Maddy Michels and Coach Lonnie Morken.
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Mabel-Canton netters exited post-season play on Thursday evening, Oct. 31, with a 3-1 loss to Fillmore Central in the 1A East Subsection championship match.

The first frame went to Mabel-Canton, 25-18. The Cougars stayed on the offense, finishing with 17 kills, two ace blocks and an ace serve.

"We knew that we would have to earn the majority of our points because Fillmore Central wasn't going to make very many errors," said Cougar coach Lonnie Morken. "We felt that we needed to switch up our blocking schemes some to hopefully contain their hitters a little more. Our girls came out confident and focused and played a great first set."

That's when the Falcons responded, taking the next three sets 25-16, 25-16, 25-19.

Morken said that Mabel-Canton's serve receiving was challenged during the final three sets, which sent setter Carly McCabe "running all over the court" to feed the ball to teammates. That in turn made it difficult to get the ball to Cougar hitters where the defense wasn't prepared to ward off attacks. Earned points dropped from 20 in set one to 11 in the second, nine in the third and nine again in the final round, as M-C's hitting efficiency dropped in the face of blocks and digs.

M-C staged a rally in set three, closing to 18-16 before Fillmore Central scored the last seven points. The final set was similar, with the Falcons maintaining slim margins until a final run sent them into the section championship round.

"I was impressed with their poise," Morken said. "I thought that if we could come out and win the first set, we would win the match. However, they did not get rattled. Their setter, Morgan Malley, really is the glue to their team. She is constantly talking to their hitters and is an excellent leader. I also thought that Leah Scheevel really gave them a boost. There was so much attention on Case and Peterson and when they have a third attacker come to life they are very difficult to stop. I would like to congratulate FC and wish them luck at the state tournament."

Fillmore Central's serving was excellent at 95 percent. Mabel-Canton wasn't far behind, placing 92 percent in-bounds. The Falcons were also remarkably adept on serve receiving, only giving up one ace serve during the entire match.

The Cougars attempted 152 kills, scoring 45 times with 22 errors. Hitting efficiency was 15 percent.

Belle Sand finished with 13 kills, 14 digs and one service ace.

Sara Lind totaled 13 kills and three ace blocks.

Lydia Geving had 12 kills, 12 digs, two ace blocks and an assist.

McCabe set 41 assists and had 12 digs and one kill.

Libero Christine Lee provided 22 digs from the back row.

Sara Vettleson-Trutza had four kills and two digs.

Coranda Vickerman finished with 10 digs, one kill and one assist.

Courtney Graves had six digs.

Hannah Nolte had one kill and one assist.

Falcon Taylor Case led all scorers with 20 kills. She also went 12 of 12 from the line with an ace and got 13 digs.

Leah Scheevel had 16 kills and three ace blocks.

Setter Morgan Malley produced 49 assists, four kills and placed 18 of 18 serves in-bounds.

Sammi Bakke had three kills, one ace block and made 15 of 16 serves.

Sara Schultz got 24 digs and made 14 of 16 serves.

The KFIL Players of the Game were Geving for the Cougars, while Case and Malley shared honors for FC. The Game Ball Award went to Scheevel.

On Monday, Case was named as KTTC TV's Player of the Week for her leadership on the Falcon team.

Conference champion (SEC East division) Mabel-Canton finished at 33-3 overall.

"I would like to thank all of our girls for another great season," Morken concluded. "I would especially like to thank our six seniors for all that they have done in their volleyball careers here at M-C. They all left their unique mark on our volleyball program and I hope their memories will last a long time."

The Falcons defeated Bethlehem Academy, 3-1, in the section championship two days later, and will face Ada-Borup in the first round of state tournament play on Nov. 7.

This season represents the first time that Fillmore Central has sent a volleyball team to state.