Volleyball team takes two more

The Caledonia volleyball team notched two more wins last week after beating Mabel-Canton and St. Charles.

The Warriors beat Mabel, the  number 9 ranked team in the state in Class A, 25-17, 25-16 and 25-14.

Caledonia coach Scott Koepke said, “The girls played very focused. They were intense, and it was very fun to watch volleyball. We served the ball real tough and passed out of serve receive just as tough. I really thought this was the difference in the match. We had five serving errors and 11 aces. That is a great accomplishment against the  number ranked team in Class A. That strong passing along with excellent setting led to very few attacking errors. On the other side of the net when they were attacking our block was giving them fits. Emma (Lange) had three and Maria (Fruechte) had nine, which is quite a night. It was very nice to see all the people come over to Mabel to fill the gym up. It was a very fun night.”

On Thursday the Warriors (6-3, 3-1) got 31 assists from Taylor Winjum and 14 kills from Lange to crush St. Charles 25-1, 25-9 and 25-10.

Winjum had 32 assists against Mabel to finish the week with 63.

Koepke noted that the team picked up right where they had left off earlier in the week. “It was another very focused effort. We had only two serving errors and eight aces on this night. Lottie Augedahl served us out to 14-0, and after they sided out Emma served out the rest of the first set. We passed and dug the ball very efficiently, and Taylor had another strong night setting with 31 set assists. That passing and setting lead to a very high attack efficiency, we hit .536 as a team.”

Fruechte had nine kills hitting .438; Maddy Mullins had 10 kills hitting .350; and Emma had 14 kills on 15 swings hitting .933.

The team will take part in an invitational this weekend in Burnsville and will travel to Kingsland Sept. 25 before returning home Sept. 27 when they host Rushford-Peterson.

– Brady Ambrose