On Sept. 1, seven volleyball teams gathered for the annual Mabel-Canton Labor Day Tourney. The Lions played on their own floor in Spring Grove during the first two matches, and then they moved to Mabel for the remainder of the day.

Each match consisted of two sets, with tied set contests going to the team with the most total points. The Lions won the opener 25-21, 25-19 over Houston, then dropped match No. 2 to Waukon, 21-25, 22-25.

Brainerd, a AAA school, was next. Spring Grove took the first set 25-22, but lost the second 20-25. The Warriors won with two more total points.

State-ranked Mabel-Canton was their fourth opponent. The Cougars prevailed on their home floor 25-17, 25-12.

Rushford-Peterson split sets with the Lions 25-23, 14-25, winning the match on total points, sending Spring Grove up against AA Winona Cotter.

The Lions dug in and beat the Ramblers 25-10, 25-19. They then faced them again in the fifth-place match. Spring Grove won that one 25-19, 25-16.

Lions coach Kelsey Morken noted that her team took at least a set from every team except M-C and Waukon. In total sets, the Lions finished 8-6 even though they were 3-4 in matches.

"It was a lot of competitive games in a day, and the girls were pushed mentally and physically all day," she added.

Addy Cross did her job at setter with 72 assists on the day and 9 kills of her own. Outside hitter Tara Solberg contributed 21 kills and 36 digs. Fellow OH Randi Mehus drove home 12 kills and had 39 digs. Defensive specialist Aryn Jahnke had 42 digs. Middle hitter Samantha Bratland scored 14 kills. Nicki Ellingson, also playing MH, was the kill leader with 34.