By: Tyler Korby, Pine Journal
Barnum girls remain winless
The Bombers are still searching for their first win.
Senior setter Karianna Duesler had nine set assists, while the other lone senior, outside hitter Allainie Hanek-Siltanen, recorded six digs and four kills Tuesday. Still, it wasn’t enough as the host Bombers were swept 3-0 (25-10, 25-10, 25-19) by non-conference Onamia.
“It was not a very good night,” said coach Corina Newman.
The Bombers (0-4) also lost in five sets to Polar League rival Carlton last Thursday.
Carlton has its ups and downs
The Bulldogs have had a rollercoaster ride thus far.
Following a thrilling five-set, season-opening win over rival Barnum last Thursday, Barb Soukkala’s young crew went winless at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Invitational Saturday.
“We don’t want to talk about the weekend,” Soukkala said with a chuckle.
Carlton, however, responded Monday by topping Northeast Range – a newly-formed school this year combining former Babbitt-Embarrass and Tower-Soudan – 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-22) in Carlton.
Eighth-grader Macy Belich guided the Bulldogs (2-3) with seven kills, while lone seniors Alanna Groth and Marita Yellowhammer added five kills each. Eighth-grade setter Hannah Benson also had nine ace serves in the non-conference whipping.
Cloquet stays busy, sweeps Rebels
The Lumberjacks might just be the busiest team in these parts thus far.
Already this fall, Cloquet has posted nine matches, as they most recently placed ninth at the Coon Rapids Invitational over the weekend and easily got past Moose Lake-Willow River 3-0 (25-8, 25-14, 25-16) Tuesday night on the road.
Following an opening loss to Orono on the weekend, the
Lumberjacks (6-3) defeated St. Paul Harding, Deer River and
“The girls are working hard,” said coach Heidi Anderson of her team who has now won four straight.
Tuesday against the Rebels, seniors Emily Fossen and Maddie Kiehn posted 12 and eight kills, respectively, to lead the team. Freshman Alex Oakes had 27 set assists and five ace serves. Olivia Mayasich also chipped in four ace serves, while Sami Westendorf had 11 digs.
Cromwell-Wright falls to South Ridge
The Cardinals had won three in a row, and then they met the Panthers Tuesday.
Using a heavy offensive attack and senior experience, unbeaten South Ridge (5-0) out-slugged Cromwell-Wright for a 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-19) sweep in girls volleyball Tuesday evening in Cromwell.
According to Cardinals coach Lori Wester, her girls gave away too many points to South Ridge and never got the upper hand, and Cromwell-Wright (3-2) had its three-game win streak snapped. Junior Ann Collman led with nine digs, six kills and four blocks, while junior Christina Stenson had four digs.
“That was a very good game,” said South Ridge coach Brad Olesiak Tuesday. “There was a lot of hitting, a lot of action and good volleyball played on both sides.”
Senior Kourtney Karppinen led the Panthers with 15 kills and four blocks, while senior Alyssa Johnson had 25 set assists. Freshmen Mikayla Olesiak (eight digs, four aces) and Justice Janke (seven kills, seven digs) also chipped in.
ML-WR wins in Pine City, falls Tuesday
The young Rebels got their first win over the weekend, and then tripped up on Tuesday.
Posting a three-set victory over Hinckley-Finlayson Saturday in the Pine City Invitational, Moose Lake-Willow River was feeling good. Tuesday night, however, the Rebels were swept 3-0 (25-8, 25-14, 25-16) by non-conference Cloquet at home.
First-year coach Beckie Jackson said her Rebels (1-6) dug an early hole and couldn’t crawl out, as they had trouble with the Lumberjacks serving all night.
“Cloquet served well,” said Jackson, “and we just couldn’t adjust.”
Sophomore Haley Johnson had 13 digs, while lone senior Olivia Bennett had two kills and two blocks. Junior setter Miranda Jacobson also added a pair of set assists in the loss.
FDL Ojibwe opens year on losing end
The season has finally begun for the Ogichidaa, but with a loss.
Fond du Lac Ojibwe (0-1) opened their volleyball season with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-7, 25-11) loss to the Home School Hurricanes Tuesday night in Cloquet.
Although coming up a tad bit short, longtime coach Dale Sautbine said his girls did a nice job, noting Francene LaDeaux, Shana Peacock, Natasha Reynolds and Taylor Drift all had kills, while LaDeaux, Peacock, Drift, Jaelisa Northrup and Racquel White all chipped in ace serves in their opener.
“The girls played well, I was real pleased,” Sautbine said afterward. “I was proud.”
Wrenshall battles, falls short to LCA
The Wrens are heading in the right direction.
Tuesday night Wrenshall lost a four-set, 3-1 (19-25, 25-17, 25-7, 25-23) match at home to Lakeview Christian Academy. But it was their opening set win that was the program’s first dating back to 2009 and has coach Denise North feeling optimistic.
“The girls played hard,” North said Tuesday night after the match about her winless Wrens (0-3). “Missed serves just took them out of the game.”