By Brady Ambrose
The marathon string of matches continued for the Caledonia volleyball squad after the Warriors played a total of seven matches in six days, going 2-5 in the stretch of games.
The Warriors took part in the Bachman Invitational at Lakeville North Friday and Saturday, played at Wabasha-Kellogg Thursday night and hosted Winona Sept. 30 at CHS. Caledonia’s record now stands at 5-3 in conference play and 10-16 overall.
Caledonia opened the week hosting the Winhawks, who bring a team full of size and athleticism to the floor in the likes of 6’ Cassidy Bittle, 5’11 Audrey Scharmer, 5’11 freshman Abby Winter and 5’10 sophomore Hallee Hoepner.
In the end Winona proved to be a tall challenge, and they handed the Warriors a 16-25, 20-25 and 10-25 loss.
Thursday night Caledonia traveled to Wabasha-Kellogg and lost 25-27, 24-26, 25-21 and 21-25.
Coach Scott Koepke said, “We played some very good volleyball in all of the sets. We just need to be more consistent from the service line, which comes down to me training our players better in that area. I was very proud of our effort and how we kept scrapping when we were down, and that I thought we showed improvement in some areas. At 8-18 in the first set we came all the way back with, like I said earlier, some real strong volleyball.”
At the Bachman Invitational the Warriors played some solid teams, beating Heritage and Visitation and losing to Wayzata, Prior Lake and Northfield.
Koepke said the team played well. “The girls again put forth a great effort over the weekend. All the schools we played in pool play were very strong. It was really fun to see our girls battling with Wayzata and Prior Lake. There were some great rallies and very strong volleyball.
“Both Heritage and Visitation had very tough attackers and our girls really played well. I thought all of the teams pushed our kids and we learned some great lessons that will help us down the stretch. We felt we definitely got better.”
The Warriors lost to Wayzata 15-25, 13-25; Prior Lake 20-25, 18-25 and Northfield 10-25, 13-25 and beat Heritage 24-26, 25-18, 16-14 and Visitation 18-25, 27-25, 15-12.
After hosting St. Charles Tuesday, Caledonia travels to Kingsland for a Thursday night match.