Homecoming week found the Cougars back in the friendly confines of their own gymnasium for the first time in about a month. Ranked Number Six in state polls, Mabel-Canton defeated both conference opponents in straight sets.

Versus Lyle-Pacelli

On Tuesday evening, Mabel-Canton dominated the first set 25-5, then took the second and third frames 25-16 and 25-11.

"The girls came out and played a very focused, efficient first set against the SEC West leading L/P (Lyle-Pacelli) Athletics," M-C Coach Lonnie Morken reported. "They are very tall and athletic and we knew that if we didn't serve aggressive and gave them a lot of free balls they could make for a long night for us."

Morken noted that sophomore middle hitter Sara Holtz is one of the top attackers in the conference, so M-C attempted to key on her defensively. The strategy appeared to work, limiting Holtz to seven kills, far below her average.

L/P Coach Lindsay Leif told the Austin Daily News, "I thought the girls played hard in the second and third game and did a lot of things right... Mabel is just that good."

Belle Sand and Lydia Geving each had nine kills.

Sara Lind put away eight shots and scored three ace blocks.

Sara Vettleson-Trutza had six kills and Carly McCabe had three.

M-C was aggressive at the line. Service aces were distributed among Geving (5), Sand (4), Coranda Vickerman (4), Christine Lee (1) and McCabe (1), who also provided 27 set assists.

On defense, Geving totaled seven digs while Vickerman and Lee had six each. Sand and McCabe had four digs apiece.

Versus Lanesboro

Morken said that the Cougars "came out of the gates slow" when Lanesboro visited two days later, on Thursday evening, making an uncharacteristic six hitting errors in the first set. M-C went on to win the contest 25-14, 25-10, 25-5.

"Lanesboro is a very scrappy group and did a good job of digging balls and not making errors," Morken added. "It appeared after the first half of the first set we settled into our normal rhythm. I thought Coranda, Belle and Lydia all had very good nights serving the ball."

Geving led the Cougars with 13 kills, five service aces and four digs.

Sand had 10 kills, four aces, five digs and an ace block.

Lind had eight kills and two ace blocks.

Vickerman had six ace serves.

McCabe provided 21 sets and had four kills.

Vettleson-Trutza had four kills, two service aces and two ace blocks.

Olivia Haug led the Burros with three kills and four ace blocks.

The Mabel-Canton B-squad and freshman teams remain undefeated under the coaching of Bethany Moen.

Up next

The Cougars host Hope Lutheran on Tuesday, Oct. 8, and Grand Meadow two days later.