Mabel-Canton’s senior volleyball team members were recognized last week at the last regular season game. From left are Lydia Geving, Carly McCabe, Christine Lee, Belle Sand, Kourtney Coyle and Sara Lind. Each was given a special volleyball noting her special accomplishments.  HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
Mabel-Canton’s senior volleyball team members were recognized last week at the last regular season game. From left are Lydia Geving, Carly McCabe, Christine Lee, Belle Sand, Kourtney Coyle and Sara Lind. Each was given a special volleyball noting her special accomplishments. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
Mabel-Canton's volleyball team climbed to a fifth-place state ranking last week just prior to beginning its last full week of conference play. Two home matches resulted in straight set wins for the Cougars.

Versus Hope Lutheran

"I was very pleased with how we played our first two sets (25-8, 25-2) against Hope Lutheran," M-C coach Lonnie Morken reported following Tuesday's win. "We only missed one serve and had one hitting error in those two sets."

Set three found the Patriots staging a few runs of their own, scoring 19 points before M-C hit 25.

"Danielle Graves (six for six in serving with six points, including an ace) had a great serving run in the second set that was fun to see!" Morken noted. "It was a night that all the girls got lots of playing time and overall was a very good game."

Belle Sand had nine kills, three ace serves and 10 digs. She and Sara Lind were both efficient on offense. Lind scored 10 kills in 11 attempts and had three ace blocks.

Lydia Geving served seven aces, and put away four kills. She also contributed eight digs.

Carly McCabe provided 23 assists, four kills and five digs.

Coranda Vickerman had three ace serves, four assists and four digs.

Versus Grand Meadow

Grand Meadow arrived two nights later as the second-place team in the SEC West. Unfortunately for the Superlarks, Mabel-Canton took large leads in all three sets before sending in some of the younger players on the roster. The Cougars won 25-9, 25-15, 25-8.

M-C servers swatted 18 aces with only seven miscues.

Sand had nine kills, two service aces, an ace block and five digs.

Lind chimed in for eight kills, two ace serves, two ace blocks, two assists and three digs.

Geving scored five kills, six service aces and provided two assists and six digs.

McCabe had 25 assists, four kills and four digs.

Christine Lee had two ace serves and three digs.

Sara Vettleson-Trutza had two ace blocks and a kill.

Vickerman and Hannah Nolte each had two kills.

"They had a taller middle hitter that caused us some troubles, but overall we played pretty good defense," Morken stated.

"Our Grand Meadow game was also Parent's Night and Senior Night, so there were a lot of emotions running through the team," he added. "Our six seniors - Christine Lee, Kourtney Coyle, Lydia Geving, Belle Sand, Carly McCabe and Sara Lind have put in a lot of volleyball since fourth grade. Lydia, Belle and Carly have been playing varsity volleyball since eighth grade and the other three seniors have been playing since 10th grade. They have meant an awful lot to the volleyball program and have been fun to coach. The past five seasons our record is 155-17 with these kids involved with our varsity."

The Grand Meadow match concluded the year for the Mabel-Canton junior varsity and ninth grade teams, which finished undefeated on the year under the tutelage of assistant Coach Bethany Moen.

Up next

The Cougars will travel to Lyle-Pacelli for the Southeast Conference Showcase match on Tuesday, Oct.15. The Section 1A tournament begins on Oct. 21, when the play-in round kicks off. As one of the higher seeds, Mabel-Canton should begin play on Thursday, Oct. 24.