Panthers spikers win MBC opener over Somerset (Updated conference standings and rankings)
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: http://www.wissports.net/page/show/533418-rankings
Latest Dunn-St. Croix Conference stats: http://www.wissports.net/stats/division_instance/39044?subseason=115432&tab=division_instance_player_stats&tool=800608
Middle Border Conference standings
New Richmond 1-0
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
Elk Mound 1-1
Spring Valley 1-1
St. Croix Central 1-1
Glenwood City 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