The Chetek-Weyerhaeuser volleyball team (14-8, 7-4) bounced back last week against Heart O’North opponents, winning four of five matches, including two wins against the Spooner Rails.
The lady Bulldogs opened the week with a three-set victory at home against Spooner on Oct. 2, as they celebrated Senior Night and hosted their first Dig Pink event to support breast cancer awareness.
“It was a special evening where our five senior players were recognized: Kristen Guest, Brooke Hanson, Taylor Kessinger, Jackie Moen and Allyza Olson. This group of seniors have brought so much to our team this year and to our program for the past four years, committing so much time to improving their skills, bringing our team together, and finding ways to build relationships with our younger high school players, as well as our youth,” explained C-W head coach Heather Bohl. “Every day, these girls compete at the highest level in practice and games, make volleyball fun, and support each other on and off the court. Our seniors epitomize what we want from all players, to put their team first and embrace the role they are asked to play, whatever that is. Their leadership and passion have helped transform the culture in our gym, and for that, our coaches and younger players are so grateful to them.”
All five senior players started the first two sets, playing the entire first set, and the Dogs were able to sweep Spooner in three straight sets with scores of 25-16, 25-21 and 25-22.
C-W finished the night with a 93.5 serving percentage on the night as a team. Moen (12 attempts, two aces), Hanson (14 attempts, three aces, which was a team high), Madeleine Schofield (six attempts, one ace), Maggie Reisner (five attempts) and Greta Jorstad (15 attempts, two aces) all ended the match perfectly from the service line. Taylor Kessinger also contributed two ace serves.
The ‘Dogs had success attacking the ball offensively, as the team ended the night hitting .143. Olson led the team in hitting percentage at .500 (one kill with two attempts), followed by Jorstad at .400 (a team-high 12 kills with 20 attempts), Moen at .333 (one kill with three attempts), Emma Sather at .250 (one kill with four attempts), Schofield at .111 (two kills with nine attempts), Reisner at .100 (seven kills with 20 attempts) and Kristen Guest at .056 (six kills with 18 attempts). Hanson also contributed two kills (14 attempts). Olson led the team in assists with 17 (37 attempts), followed by Jorstad with 11 (36 attempts), Reisner with two (six attempts) and Schofield (one attempt) and Sather (four attempts) each had one assist.
C-W played solid defensively, for the most part, but struggled a bit in serve receive, as the team averaged 1.56, down from past matches. Kessinger led the team in serve receive, averaging 2.38 (eight attempts), followed by Guest with 1.75 (12 attempts), Schofield with 1.67 (nine attempts) and Moen with 1.63 (eight attempts). The ‘Dogs had 44 digs as a team. Jorstad led the team, finishing with nine digs, followed by Guest (eight), Reisner (six), Schofield (six), Olson (six) and Hanson, Moen and Kessinger (three digs apiece). C-W finished the match with two blocks, contributed by Hanson (one solo), and Sather and Reisner who both had an assist block.
“It was an amazing night and gave the team a great win heading into the conference tournament,” Bohl noted.
The Bulldogs earned three more wins over Northwestern, Spooner and Hayward at the northern half of the HON tournament on Saturday, Oct. 6. They also dropped one match to Cumberland in two sets.
“Saturday was a fun day of volleyball, as we played four conference matches and came away with three wins, ending the day at 3-1 to put our conference record at 7-4,” Bohl said.
C-W began the day with back-to-back wins against Northwestern by scores of 25-20 and 25-18.
However, the Bulldogs were bested by the Cumberland Beavers in their second match of the day, losing 16-25 and 15-25.
Fortunately, the ‘Dogs ended the day on a high note, winning a three-set match against Spooner 25-19, 19-25 and 15-8. C-W then went on to defeat Hayward 25-13 and 25-6 in their fourth and final match of the tournament.
As a team, C-W served 94.1 percent. Hanson led the team serving 97.4 percent (four aces, 38 attempts), followed by Schofield at 96.4 percent (three aces, 28 attempts), Jorstad at 95.2 percent (two aces, 21 attempts), Moen at 94.9 percent (a team-high five aces, 39 attempts) and Olson at 91.2 percent (three aces, 37 attempts).
The Bulldogs finished with a hitting percentage of .129 for all four matches. The only match where they hit a negative percentage was against Cumberland, which was their only loss of the day.
Maggie Timm led the team in hitting percentage at an impressive .417 (five kills with 12 attempts), followed by Hanson at .216 (a team-high 19 kills with 51 attempts), Reisner at .204 (17 kills with 49 attempts), Emma Sather at .200 (five kills with 15 attempts), Jorstad at .137 (15 kills with 51 attempts) and Schofield at .056 (14 kills with 51 attempts).
Guest, who is fighting with an injury to her hitting arm, also contributed four kills on the day.
Jorstad led the team with 38 assists (117 attempts), followed by Olson (30 assists, 80 attempts). Also contributing assists were Sather (three assists, nine attempts), Schofield (two assists, seven attempts), Timm (two assists, four attempts), Reisner (one assist, seven attempts) and Hanson (one assist, six attempts).
On the defensive side, C-W finished the day with 128 digs as a team. Schofield led the team with 23, followed by Reisner (21), Guest (20), Jorstad (16), Kessinger (11), Olson (11), Hanson (9), Timm (7), Moen (5) and Sather (4).
As a team, the ‘Dogs averaged a solid 1.87 on serve receive. Jorstad and Sather led the Bulldogs, averaging a 3.0 (two attempts), followed by Hanson with 2.33 (six attempts), Guest with 2.21 (34 attempts), Schofield with 2.06 (34 attempts), Olson with 2.0 (one attempt) and Reisner with 1.80 (25 attempts). C-W also recorded 13 blocks on the day, led by Reisner with seven (one solo, six assists), followed by Hanson (two solo, three assists), Jorstad (five assists), Sather (one solo, two assists), and Timm and Guest (one block assist each).
“It was a fun week of volleyball and we look forward to conference rematches on Thursday (Oct. 11) at home against Barron, Bloomer and Ladysmith, as well as gearing up for our first round in the playoffs against Shell Lake next Tuesday,” Bohl said.
The Bulldogs will host the southern half of the HON tournament in Chetek on Oct. 11. They will travel to Shell Lake for a WIAA regional matchup on Tuesday, Oct. 16.