The Chetek-Weyerhaeuser varsity volleyball team was routed by the Cameron Comets in conference action on Thursday, Sept. 9, but the Bulldogs bounced back by winning two out of three matches at the C-W Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 11.
C-W (4-5,0-1) made the quick trip up Hwy. SS to take on Cameron to start the week as the Comets caged the ‘Dogs in three sets by scores of 25-15, 25-22 and 25-12.
“It was a well-played match, and the crowd was engaged and made for a noisy, fun atmosphere in the gym. Both teams played with great energy on the court. Although Cameron won all three sets, there were some great rallies, and each set started was back and forth until midway through,” explained C-W head coach Heather Bohl. “We were neck and neck in each set with great rallies, and then in both the first and third sets, we let them run away with the
match by allowing so many points in a row to end both sets. We need to make some corrections on serve receive, and as a group, we struggled attacking the ball. We also had too many miscommunications in out-of-system play which resulted in freeballs.
The Bulldogs sent 26 free balls over the net compared to just 11 by Cameron. C-W also averaged a subpar rating of 1.46 on serve receive.
“Serving and receiving should be a strength for us, but it was definitely a weakness in this match and something we need to work on. As a team, we had a great night blocking as we were getting our hands on a lot of balls, and we were very proud of our energy on the court and how we stayed positive in all circumstances and never gave up,” Bohl noted.
The ‘Dogs had a serve percentage of 86.3% and 8 aces. Senior Greta Jorstad (11 attempts, 3 aces), senior Kora Claflin (8 attempts, 1 ace) and freshman Ali Jenson (1 attempt) were all perfect from service line on the night. Senior Mariah Bilodeau had a solid night serving 90.9% with three ace serves, tied for a team high. Junior Sophie Nichols also contributed one ace serve.
Junior Olivia Schofield led the team in serve receive with an impressive 2.07 average on 15 attempts, followed by sophomore Anastasia Mujwid at 2.0 (1 attempt), Claflin at 1.62 (13 attempts) and sophomore Mariah Mitchell at 1.50 (22 attempts-team high).
Jorstad had a spectacular night attacking with team highs in hitting percentage (.375), kills (11), and attempts (24). Bilodeau also contributed 5 kills, followed by Mitchell (4), Schofield (2), and Nichols (1). Nichols led the team with 9 assists (25 attempts), followed by Jorstad with 7 (34 attempts), Bilodeau 4 (6 attempts), and Anna Widiker 3 (4 attempts).
Mariah Bilodeau (2 solo, 1 assist) and Greta Jorstad (1 solo, 2 assists) led the team with 3 blocks, followed by Olivia Schofield, Sophie Nichols and junior Anna Widiker who each contributed a block assist.
Jorstad led C-W with 13 digs, followed by Mitchell and Schofield who each had 8, Nichols (6), Bilodeau (5), Claflin (3), and Anna Widiker (1).
Two days later C-W hosted a quad in Chetek.
“Our team learned Friday (Sept. 10) we have lost senior Kendal Evans, a three-year varsity outside hitter, to a season-ending knee injury which is devastating news. We have made adjustments to our lineup in the last two weeks in her absence, and now we need to focus on tweaking our positions to make sure we are in the best position to win matchups against our opponents without Kendal, who has always been a high-performing, consistent all-around player for us,” Bohl said.
The first match of the day for C-W was against Heart O’North foe Cumberland.
In that match, C-W came out a bit flat. and lost back-to-back sets 25-16 and 25-14.
“We lacked communication and energy on the court, and we didn’t put up much a fight against Cumberland, handing them a pretty easy victory,” Bohl stated.
Coming off the loss to the Beavers, the Bulldogs played with better communication and energy against Cornell. Although both sets were down to the wire, C-W came out on top winning 25-18 and 25-23.
The final match of the day was against Siren, and the Bulldogs finished the day playing strong as a team, taking two sets 25-14 and 25-13.
On the day, C-W served 89.9% as a team and averaged 1.73 on serve receive. They had a stronger hitting performance collectively, improving their hitting rating to.163.
Schofield (4 aces, 21 attempts) and Jenson (2 attempts) finished the day perfect from the service line. Claflin also had a great day serving 93.8% (2 aces, 16 attempts), followed by Jorstad at 89.3% (3 aces, 28 attempts, team high) and Mitchell at 87% (5 aces, team high, 23 attempts). Nichols led the team serve receive average with a 2.0 on her only attempts, followed by Jorstad at 1.88 (16 attempts), Claflin 1.86 (21 attempts) and Schofield 1.82 (40 attempts-team high).
Jenson led the team in hitting percentage at 1.000, as her only attempt resulted in a kill. Jorstad had a team high in kills (20) and attempts (55) hitting .255, followed by Nichols at .222 (5 kills, 18 attempts), Schofield.212 (9 kills, 33 attempts), Anna Widiker .167 (4 kills, 12 attempts), Mitchell .080 (7 kills, 25 attempts) and Bilodeau .022 (13 kills, 46 attempts). Nichols led C-W in assists with 27, followed by Jorstad with 19, and Schofield with 2.
Claflin had a team high 22 digs, followed by Schofield (18), Jorstad (16), Bilodeau (12), and Nichols and Mitchell who both finished with 9 digs each. Bilodeau led the ‘Dogs blocking with 4 blocks, followed by Jorstad with 3, and Schofield and Widiker with 2 each.
C-W continues conference play this week as it hosted St. Croix Falls on Tuesday, Sept. 14, and will make the long trek to Ashland on Thursday, Sept. 16. The ‘Dogs will begin next week at Ladysmith on Tuesday, Sept. 21.