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Ellsworth High School's volleyball team swept Somerset in its Homecoming match Thursday 3-0. The game scores were 25-23, 25-10 and 25-19.


EHS held big leads in all three games and when the Spartans made a run at them in both games one and three the Panthers responded strong to win.

"Finishing strong was something the team wanted to do a better job of this season and they certainly did so tonight," Ellsworth head coach Nciole VanderBerg said. "They were pressed a couple of times and responded well."

The Spartans cut a 19-12 Ellsworth lead to just two at 20-18 and 24-22 in the first game and then to just one at 24-23 after a pair of kiills from freshman Tori Martell. But Ellsworth's Katelyn Kannel, the school's Hoemcoming queen for 2013, responded with to end game one with a 25-23 EHS win. She also served up the last point with an ace ain game three. 

Ellsworth's Megan Schroeder returned to the line-up from injury and had an impressive performance in both kills and assists. Tacia Kuhl had three straight aces to lead the Panthers to a 9-4 lead in the game three.

EHS improves to 8-8 overall.  The Purple's next match is at Baldwin-Woodville Tuesday. The Blackhawks also opened with a Middle Border Conference win, 3-0, over Durand.

Ellsworth was the lone Pierce County volleyball team to win last night. Prescott, 6-7 overall, was hit was its second straight loss by a 3-1 score at New Richmond; both Elmwood, 4-12 overall, and Plum City, 2-7 overall, were swept in Dunn-St. Croix Conference play 3-0 by Colfax and Pepin respectively while Spring Valley had its winning streak snapped 3-0 at Elk Mound.

SV lost the first two games by 19-25 scores and battled hard to stay alive in game three but eventually succumbed 25-27. 

"Their block defense was very good. Our outside hitter had just three kills each," SV head coach Kelli Schlegel said.

The Cardinals are still 12-3 overall and have the best record of all the county teams.

Here's a link to the lastest Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association state rankings:

Latest Dunn-St. Croix Conference stats:

Middle Border Conference standings

Baldwin-Woodville            1-0

Ellsworth                     1-0

New Richmond                  1-0

Osceola                              1-0

Amery                                 0-1

Durand                               0-1

Prescott                      0-1

Somerset                           0-1

Thursday, Sept. 17

Ellsworth def. Somerset 3-0

New Richmond def. Prescott 3-1

Baldwin-Woodville def. Durand 3-0

Osceola def. Amery 3-0

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Osceola at Prescott

New Richmond at Somerset

Ellsworth at Baldwin-Woodville

Amery at Durand

Dunn-St. Croix Conference standings

Boyceville                           2-0

Colfax                                 2-0

Mondovi                             2-0

Elk Mound                          1-1

Pepin                                   1-1

Spring Valley                       1-1

St. Croix Central                 1-1

Elmwood                              0-2

Glenwood City                     0-2

Pepin                                    0-2

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Colfax def. Elk Mound 3-0

Boyceville def. Elmwood 3-0

St. Croix Central def. Glenwood City 3-1

Mondovi def. Plum City 3-0

Spring Valley def. Pepin 3-1

Thursday, Sept. 19

Pepin def. Plum City 3-0

Mondovi def. St. Croix Central 3-0

Boyceville def. Glenwood City 3-0

Colfax def. Elmwood  3-0

Elk Mound def. Spring Valley 3-0

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Elmwood at Elk Mound

Glenwood City at Colfax

Mondovi at Boyceville

Pepin at St. Croix Central

Plum City at Spring Valley