The Caledonia Argus
On Sept. 5, Caledonia hosted Southland, defeating the Rebels 25-16, 23-25, 25-13, 25-10.
“The girls finished this match real strong,” Warriors head coach Scott Koepke reported. “We competed very well in sets three and four. We hit .264 for the night, which is a real good attack efficiency number. Our 13 service errors were quite a bit highter than we want for a 4 set match. The girls have been working hard on their serving technique which is starting to pay off. 17 aces were an excellent number.”
Lydia Lange was kills leader for Caledonia with 13 points. Setter Adrianna Reinhart served up 5 aces.
Two days later, the Warriors traveled to Lewiston-Altura, winning three sets to one (25-18, 19-25, 25-12, 25-22).
“Lewiston came out very strong in this match and our girls matched their effort, competing very hard the whole night,” Koepke said. “There was a very big crowd on hand cheering for their kids and they were playing real well. Our focus showed as we brought our serving errors down to 9, still having 12 aces. Lewiston made a nice push at the end of set 4 and we were very proud of how our girls hung tough and finished off the match without going to set five.”
Madisyn Heaney scored 12 kills, got 7 digs, and served 3 aces. Adrianna Reinhart provided 29 assists. Isabel Allen totaled 10 digs.
The Cardinals were led by Ciarra McNally (6 kills, 8 digs) and Madison Mundt (7 kills). Setter Gabby Speltz dished 12 assists and served 3 aces. Ella Miller provided 4 blocks.
Caledonia took 4th place in the Apple Valley “Aerie Challenge” Invitational Tournament on Sept. 8-9.
Friday found the Warriors defeating AA Virginia (25-22, 25-14) followed by a win over AAA Cretin-Derham Hall 25-13, 25-23. The following day, the Warriors were defeated by class AA Stewartville (25-19, 20-25, 15-17), and AAA Mounds View 25-23, 20-25, 13-15.
Stewartville is ranked #2 in class AA.
“The girls played very well Friday night to get into the top four,” Koepke stated. “This was our goal, this allowed us to get two more matches against very strong competition.
“The Stewartville match was a classic match that had many people coming up to us afterwards telling us how fun it was to watch. Our community would be very proud of the effort our girls put out in this match. Right down to the last few points it could have gone either way, we just came up one play short. We served for the match twice, but Stewartville made some good plays and again we just came up short.
“The Mounds View match was much the same, they were a 3A school and they were very tall. The match was close right to the end and again they just made some real good plays.
“We learned so much from the weekend, some things we need to do better as coaches and some things we need to do better at practice to continue to make our team better. The girls played some amazing volleyball. We had 17 service errors for the weekend, which was 10 sets. We also had 35 aces which is real strong against this type of competition. We hit .178 for the weekend which considering the defense we were up against, is also real good. We want to say thank you to all the people that came up to support the girls. We so appreciate it.”
At the time of this report, the Warriors were set to host Chatfield (Sept. 12), followed by a trip to Wabasha-Kellogg two days later. Caledonia is scheduled to head right back to the “home of the Falcons” for tournament action on Saturday, Sept. 16.
Caledonia is ranked #3 in the season’s first Minnesota Class A Coaches Association poll.