Mustang Volleyball Roundup
The mighty Mustangs varsity volleyball team is in the middle of the standings of the Northwoods Conference. The volleyball team is 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference, which puts them behind Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and Blackduck.
The team is led by the three senior captains, Kristi Geerdes, Caitlyn Duresky and Daytona Knaeble.
Leading the team for kills (a spike that goes straight down to the floor so know one else can hit it) so far this season are senior Caitlyn Duresky (30) and sophomore Katey Lutz (29). The top assist person is junior Megan Halverson with 60 assists and Lutz with 55. The top server based on aces (a serve that the other team can't pass) is Lutz with 20 followed closely by Duresky's 18 and Geerdes with 14.
Defensively, the top diggers (a dig is when a player is able to save a ball from hitting the floor off a spike) are Duresky and Geerdes both with 74. The player with the most ace blocks (block of a spike that scores a point) is junior Erica Fahrendorff with five followed by Lutz with three and Knaeble with two.
The team is playing better because they are able to adapt during the game. They also have the ability to play with the best teams around. Juniors Halverson and Rachel Chaffin said that if one aspect of the team's game is off they can make up for it by excelling in the other areas.
Another positive for the Mustangs is the fact that all the players have the ability to play several positions on the floor.
Coach Shannon Avenson said, "They are all really coachable."
On the other hand, Halverson and Chaffin agreed that they also have the tendency to play down the level of the poorer teams. The team also has been struggling with consistency this season.
The team is looking forward to the final plus of the season. The players want to keep learning to play better and perform better in the games.
Cass Lake-Bena 1
The Mustangs opened the season at home against Cass Lake-Bena Sept. 2. The girls were nervous and came on strong in game one winning 25-17. The Panthers clawed back in game two winning 25-23. The Mustangs regained their composure and closed out the match winning the last two games 25-19 and 25-20.
The Mustangs travelled to Clearbrook Sept. 7 to take on the Bears. After a very uninspired first game, losing 12-25, the Mustangs rallied. In game two, the Mustangs pushed the game into the 30-point range before succombing to the Bears 30-32. The Bears roared back in the third to win 15-25.
The Mustangs hosted the Laporte Wildcats Sept. 9. The Mustangs made quick work of the game as they stampeded over the Wildcats in three straight games.
The Mustangs hosted their next game and saw their fortunes reversed. The Mustangs went down in defeat in three straight games.
The Mustangs hit the road and travelled south to take on the Silver Eagles. The Mustangs did not play well but were able to battle through to win the match in three straight games.
The Mustangs next opponent was Bigfork. The Huskies came in to Northome Sept. 23 as the favorites but quickly realized that the Mustangs meant business on Parents' Night. The Mustangs put together a very strong opening game and took down the Huskies. The Mustangs continued their good play in the next three games but were unable to collar the Huskies and ended up losing three straight close games.
The Mustangs travelled to the Canadian border to take on intradistrict rival Indus Sept. 28. The Mustangs won a close game one 25-22.
In game two, the Trojans battled back and downed the Mustangs 17-25. The Mustangs regrouped and galloped over the Trojans in the next two games 25-16 and 25-12 to take the match.
Pine River-Backus 3
The game against Pine River-Backus was not their prettiest game ever. The Tigers brought a talented team that played well and with the Mustangs being off their game, it was a short night. The Mustangs struggled in all of the aspects of the game throughout the evening and were not able to put the phases of their game together.
The Mustangs next travel to Bigfork for a tournament Oct. 9 followed by their next regular game against Northland Oct. 11.