Sheridan Salisbury keeps the ball in play for the Gophers vs. Fillmore Central.
Sheridan Salisbury keeps the ball in play for the Gophers vs. Fillmore Central.
The Chatfield Gopher volleyball team put up a strong showing last Thursday night in Preston, but fell to the #1 ranked Falcons(25-2), 3-0. Scores, all favoring FC, were 25-20, 25-19, and 25-22.

In set one(game one), the Gophers were tied at 8-8, but faltered a bit down the stretch. Chatfield got a strong start from Camille Rasmussen(2 kills) and a strong finish from Brook Irish(3 blocks, 2 kills). Set two 'played out' similar to set one, strong start for Chatfield, strong finish for Fillmore Central. Chatfield did finish out set two with a 5-1 advantage, but trailed by 10 going into their last serve opportunity. In set three against the Falcons, Chatfield held a 20-17 lead, but gave up five straight points, and found themselves losing eight of the last 10 points, the set, and consequently, the match.

Gabrielle Salisbury(15/15), Kirsten Keefe(8/8), Megan LaPlante(2/2) and Alex Duxbury(9/9) were all perfect at the service line, but the Gophers could only come up with one ace serve(Gabrielle). Brook Irish had a good game at the net, coming up with six kills and 3 _ ace blocks. Senior setter(19 set assists) also had a great game at the net, nailing five kills and one block. Coming up with four kills each were Maddy Kammer, Sheridan Salisbury and Brooke Adler. Kammer also had 2 _ ace blocks. Dig leaders were Alex Duxbury(16), Kirsten Keefe(15) and Gabrielle Salisbury(9). Tops in serve receive were Duxbury(18/20), Keefe(18/20), Maddie Talamantes(11/13) and Megan LaPlante(5/5).

Last Tuesday night the Gophers got a 3-2 win over Rochester Mayo; 17-25, 29-27, 26-24, 23-25, 15-13. Serving against the Spartans was very good, with the Gophers connecting on 109 of 115 attempts. Serving leaders were Gabrielle Salisbury(17/19, 2 aces), Maddy Kammer(13/14), Kirsten Keefe(21/22, 3 aces), Sheridan Salisbury(21/22, 2 aces), Camille Rasmussen(11/12, 3 aces), Maddie Talamantes(7/7), Megan LaPlante(1/1) and Alex Duxbury(18/18, one ace).

Brook Irish led theteam with 13 kills, followed by Kirsten Keefe with 11. Camille Rasmussen and Brooke Adler each had eight kills. Rasmussen led the team with a .316 hitting efficiency. Setter Gabrielle Salisbury had another good game at the net, delivering 26 set assists and nailing four kills with a .308 hitting average. She also had one ace block.

Defensive leaders were Alex Duxbury(16/17 SR, 23 digs), Kirsten Keefe(32/37 SR, 20 digs), Maddie Talamantes(19/23 SR, 7 digs), Sheridan Salisbury(8/8 SR, 8 digs) and Megan LaPlante(8/10 SR, 5 digs).

When we wrote last week's stories, we didn't have any stats from the Decorah Tournament. Here are some of the stats from that tournament. Gabrielle Salisbury, 56/61 serving, 5 aces, 10 kills, .348 hitting, 73 set assists, 16 digs; Brook Irish, 25 kills, 8.5 ace blocks; Maddy Kammer, 39/44, 5 aces, 33 kills, .253, 3.5 blocks; Kirsten Keefe, 56/58, 7 aces, 27 kills, .234, 28 digs, 54/59 SR; Sheridan Salisbury, 26/27, 8 kills, 2.5 blocks; Camille Rasmussen 19/22, 17 kills, .432, 3 blocks; Maddie Talamantes, 20/21, 19 digs, 17/18 SR; Brooke Adler, 17 kills, .245; Megan LaPlante, 16/20 SR 10 digs; Alex Duxbury, 59/63, 8 aces, 25 digs, 53/55 SR.

This week the gals travel to Rushford-Peterson on Tuesday and host Plainview-Elgin-Millville on Thursday night, which is the last regular season home match. The gals finish their regular season on Monday, Oct. 21, at Dover-Eyota.