Conference wins continue to elude the lady Bulldogs volleyball team who dropped both Heart O’North matches last week to Ladysmith and Northwestern. However, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser ended the week on a high note, winning four out of their five matches at the Amery Invitational. 

In their lone home match of the week, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser (17-9, 1-5) hosted Ladysmith (4-0) on Oct. 1 and lost in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-14, 26-24 and 25-20. 

Kora Claflin, Madeleine Schofield and Claire Knutson were all perfect from the service line against the Lumberjills. Maggie Reisner and Greta Jorstad both finished with one ace serve. 

Greta Jorstad’s only serve-receive attempt was a perfect pass for a 3 rating, followed by Jessika Fjelstad at 1.89 on nine attempts, and Madeleine Schofield at 1.85 on a team-high 20 attempts. 

Olivia Schofield led the team in hitting percentage at .500 with one kill on two attempts, followed by Hannah Steinmetz at .400 with two kills on five attempts, Knutson at .333 (one kill on three attempts), Emma Sather at .200 (team-high six kills on 15 attempts, Madeleine Schofield .136 (five kills on 22 attempts), Jorstad .083 (five kills on 24 attempts). Reisner also contributed three kills on 22 attempts. 

Jorstad led the team in assists with 12 assists on 38 attempts, while Knutson added nine assists on 64 attempts, and Sather had two assists on five attempts.

Madeleine Schofield led the team with 18 digs, followed by Jorstad with nine, Kendal Evans and Maggie Reisner with seven, and both Olivia Schofield and Knutson with six. Jorstad Reisner each had one block.

Two days later, C-W made the long trek to Northwestern (4-1) on Thursday, Oct 3.

It was a back-and-forth battle, with the Tigers taking set No. 1 25-15, but the Bulldogs won set No. 2 25-14. 

However, Northwestern edged C-W in the final two sets by a score of 25-22 to win the match. 

Knutson (two aces on 12 attempts) and Jorstad (three aces on 14 attempts) both served 100 percent in the match, followed by Madeleine Schofield (four aces on 17 attempts) served 94.1 percent, Evans served 93.8 percent on 16 attempts, and Olivia Schofield served 93.3 percent with two aces on 15 attempts. 

Madeleine Schofield, 28 attempts and Sather, one attempt, both averaged an even 2 pass, followed by Reisner at 1.89 on 19 attempts, Olivia Schofield at 1.83 on six attempts and Fjelstad at 1.75 on 12 attempts. 

Leading the team in hitting was Steinmetz with two kills on eight attempts. Madison Haas with one kill on four attempts led the team in hitting percentage at .250, followed by Madeleine Schofield at .214 with 10 kills on 28 attempts, Evans at .160 with eight kills on 25 attempts, Jorstad at .097 with eight kills on 31 attempts. Reisner also contributed five kills on 31 attempts.

Once again, Jorstad led the team with 14 assists on 63 attempts, followed by Knutson with 10 on 38 attempts, as well as two each by Haas (14 attempts) and Madeleine Schofield (six attempts). 

Reisner led the team with three total blocks, and Sather added two blocks. Jorstad, Madeleine Schofield and Evans all finished with one block. 

Madeleine Schofield led the team with 20 digs, followed by Jorstad with 13, Olivia Schofield with nine, Knutson and Reisner with eight each and Fjelstad and Kendal Evans with six each. Haas also had five.

“Basically, we are having a tough time winning conference matches. We don’t seem to be able to rise to the occasion and lack the enthusiasm on the court during conference matches,” stated C-W head coach Heather Bohl. “Although, our conference opponents are very good teams, we should still be able to pull out wins against them. We have yet to play to our potential in conference matches. This is something we are looking to change this week.”   

The Bulldogs wrapped up the week competing in the Amery Invite five matches.

C-W saw their losing streak reach three matches following a loss to Prescott to start the day by scores of 26-24 and 25-12.

Fortunately the ‘Dogs found their groove and went on to defeat Unity, Siren, Hayward and Amery in just two sets during their next four matches.

“We started out a bit sluggish, losing to Prescott in two sets. But, we were able to turn it around, and we played with great enthusiasm and unity for the remainder of the day. We finally celebrated each other the way we should and played with amazing passion. We went undefeated the rest of the day, beating a very tough Unity team and getting revenge on Amery, who had beaten us last Saturday in Northwestern. We had the loudest bench and team at the tournament, and it was a lot of fun to watch them reach their potential against good opponents and beat the teams we should beat,” coach Bohl said.

Olivia Schofield finished the day 100 percent at the service line on two attempts, followed by Jorstad at 97.6 with 10 aces on 34 attempts, and Knutson at 94.1 percent with two aces on 51 attempts. Evans added four aces on 34 attempts and finished the day at 91.2 percent.

Reisner averaged a 2 in serve receive on 43 attempts, as did Sather, who had five attempts. Madeleine Schofield averaged a 1.9 on 51 attempts and Evans also tallied a 1.9 on 20 attempts. 

Jorstad had a solid day of attacking at the net, finishing with a hitting percentage of .224 with 29 kills on 76 attempts; Reisner and Madeleine Schofield both hit .190, with Schofield recording 25 kills on 79 attempts and Reisner with 17 kills on 58 attempts. Evans had 11 kills on 49 attempts (.041), and Sather had nine kills on 34 attempts hitting (.059). 

Jorstad led the team with 43 assists on 130 attempts, followed by Knutson with 34 assists on 133 attempts. Madeleine Schofield had six assists on 16 attempts, while Sather added four assists on 12 attempts. 

Leading C-W in digs was Madeleine Schofield with 37, followed by Reisner with 30, Evans with 27, Jorstad with 23, Claflin with 21 and Knutson with 15. 

Jorstad and Madeleine Schofield led the team with five total blocks each, followed by Sather with four and Steinmetz with two. 

The lady Bulldogs will host Cameron (3-2) on Thursday, Oct. 10, and then play in the Cumberland Invite on Saturday, Oct. 12. C-W’s final regular season match before the conference tournaments is at Cumberland (2-4) on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

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