By Brady Ambrose
The Caledonia volleyball team picked up two wins to improve their record to 7-3 in the conference and 12-16 overall last week.
On Tuesday the Warriors picked up a 25-23, 27-25, 25-21 win over St. Charles at home and then beat Kingsland 25-23, 25-9 and 25-14 on the road Thursday night.
Against the Saints, Caledonia got 12 kills from Ashley Bichel and 30 assists from Adrianna Reinhart to win in three games. “It was probably our best night this season,” coach Scott Koepke said. “We were able to run a lot of middle, and I think that was the key to the match.”
Caledonia had to battle through the first set as the Saints took a 14-8 lead. But the Warriors stormed back and tied the game at 18 all with a 10-4 run on a kill from McKenzie Denstad. St. Charles regained the lead at 23-22, but Lottie Augedahl and Lauren Rusert each recorded kills to give the Warriors the lead at 24-23. A kill from Bichel gave Caledonia game one 25-23.
Game two was another close one as the teams battled to a 21-21 tie when Carolyn Shanahan put down a spike for the Saints. Back-to-back kills from Shanahan and Kelsie Snyder gave the Saints a 23-21 lead, but the Warriors tied the game at 24 all and then went up 25-24 when Ashley Kreidermacher’s kill sailed long for St. Charles.
But the game wasn’t over yet as a kill from Rusert sailed out to tie the game again at 25-25, but Augedahl scored a point on a quick-hitter down the sideline and then served up an ace for a 27-25 win in game two.
Game three again was a battle as the teams went back-and-forth to a 12-12 tie and then a 17-17 score. An ace serve from Rusert put Caledonia up 18-17, and a kill from Denstad pushed the lead to 20-17. Leading 24-21 the Warriors won the game and the match on a kill from Reinhart for the 3-0 sweep.
“Ashley and McKenzie are both working on some specific things and had some good attacks tonight,” Koepke said. “They have both been pretty efficient out there.”
On Thursday the Warriors beat Kingsland in three straight. Koepke said the key was in the tempo of the game. “The girls really played at a fast speed, which was very fun to watch. We passed the ball very well out of serve receive, and Adrianna put a lot of great balls up for the hitters in serve receive and in transition. Ashley and Sam combined to hit .500 out of the middle. They had some great swings and, like I said earlier, Adrianna was setting very well. We also served very well finishing with 11 aces. Lottie had 7, which, for one player, is a very high total. I thought the bench had great energy and the circle on the floor was strong as well.”
Lottie Augedahl had nine kills and Lauren Rusert eight more in the win.
On Monday Caledonia traveled to Spring Grove, and on Tuesday they hosted Fillmore Central in the final regular season match. The MSHSL volleyball tournament will begin next week across the state.