Jordan Anderson plays the ball against Caledonia. Other Lions are #9 Nicki Ellingson, #6 Sammi Boyd, Kailee Bjerke and #16 Samantha Bratland.
Jordan Anderson plays the ball against Caledonia. Other Lions are #9 Nicki Ellingson, #6 Sammi Boyd, Kailee Bjerke and #16 Samantha Bratland.
Spring Grove netters closed out the regular season while hosting the Caledonia Warriors on Monday, Oct. 14. The annual "Fight Against Cancer" event went to Caledonia 3 sets to 1 (27-25, 25-16, 26-28, 25-17).

With a large, enthusiastic charity crowd of students cheering them on, both teams played with a lot of energy but also with more mistakes than they expected.

The pink-clad home crowd had a lot to cheer about throughout an exciting first set. Down 19-14, the Lions rallied to tie it at 20-all. The set was tied three more times, but SG could never take the lead. Caledonia won 27-25 with the final two points coming on SG miscues.

Set two was close until the Warriors closed with an 8-1 run to win by 9 (25-16).

The third frame found Caledonia on the brink of a straight-set win at 19-14, but SG clawed back to tie things up at 22-22. The Lions edged ahead only once before scoring the final two points on Caledonia errors (28-26).

It was the Lions' best performance at the net with 12 kills and 5 ace blocks.

The Warriors scored the first 5 points of set four and went on to win 25-17 with the benefit of 12 Lion errors.

The match represented the first time Spring Grove took a set against Caledonia in four years (since 2009).

The Warriors had 35 more attacks and hit with greater efficiency (17%) than did SG (12%).

The Lions held an 11 to 7 margin in scoring blocks but had 8 fewer kills and were outscored at the net overall 50-46.

Neither team served well. SG matched a season-low 85% with a season-high 13 misfires, but Caledonia served with only 87% accuracy and also totaled 13 errors, the most of any Lion opponent this season.

The Warriors finished with 6 service aces to the Lions' 5. SG began with 4 ace serves and only 2 errors in set one but had only one more ace in the final 3 sets.

Lottie Augedahl paced the CHS attack with 14 kills along with 12 from Lauren Russert.

Nicki Ellingson scored 16 times for SG with 10 kills, 5 blocks and an ace serve. Samantha Bratland scored 12 points with 6 kills, 4 blocks and 2 service aces. Tara Solberg was efficient at the net with 7 kills and no hitting errors.

Kailee Bjerke had 4 kills and 2 blocks while setter Jordan Anderson had 5 kills along with 27 set assists.

Sammi Boyd was the most accurate SG server going 11 for 11 with one ace. Solberg served 16 for 17 with an ace.

The Lions closed the regular season at 18-10 while Class AA Caledonia concluded at 13-16.

The Warriors swept both the B-team and freshmen matches.

After this issue went to press, Spring Grove played Hope Lutheran in the first round of the Section 1A volleyball tournament. The winner of that match plays at Fillmore Central on Thursday, Oct. 24.


SET ASSISTS: Jordan Anderson 27, Samantha Bratland 2, Elizabeth Johnson 1. KILLS (35): Nicki Ellingson 10, Tara Solberg 7, Samantha Bratland 6, Jordan Anderson 5, Kailee Bjerke 4, Aly Folz 2, Lauren Arneson 1. ACE BLOCKS (11): Nicki Ellingson 5, Samantha Bratland 4, Kailee Bjerke 2. SERVICE ACES: Samantha Bratland 2, Sammie Boyd 1, Tara Solberg 1, Nicki Ellingson 1

SEC East Division 2013 end of regular season

Mabel-Canton 13-0 SEC (31-2 season)

Spring Grove10- 3 (18-10)

Houston 10- 3 (17-10)

Hope Lutheran 6-7 (11-12)

Lanesboro 2-11 (3-15)

SEC West Division

Lyle/Pacelli (10-3 SEC) (14-11 season)

Grand Meadow 7-6 (9-14)

Schaeffer Academy 4-9 (6-13)

LeRoy-Ostrander 2-11 (3 -21)

Glenville-Emmons 1-12 (3-18)