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Multiple Teams · MWHS Volleyball Loses Tough Conference Matches

By Tera White

The Mound Westonka High School varsity volleyball team is 1-4 in the conference after a couple of close losses during Homecoming Week.

With the White Hawks band in the house and playing rousing music on Oct. 3, Westonka hosted Dassel-Cokato. This matchup was a battle with the teams playing to five sets. Westonka ultimately fell to Chargers in a 2-3 loss (25-21, 22-25, 32-30, 23-25, 15-6).

The two teams played competitive games, many times trading points back and forth with some great volleys along the way. Sophomore outside hitter Sydney Ryks was a monster at the net, leading with 15 kills, and played great defense with 22 digs and 28 serve receptions. Ryks was closely followed by freshman outside hitter Carissa Richie with 11 kills and 21 digs/21 receptions.

Junior middle hitter and co-captain Jennifer Schaible had 10 kills and 18 digs/18 receptions. Sophomore Chloe Kantola also had 18 digs, and junior setter co-captain Isabel Speakman had 17 digs and led with 25 assists. Junior setter Melanie Musselman had 22 assists before leaving the game with a wrist injury.

At Annandale on Oct. 5, Westonka lost a couple of very close sets 1-3 (15-25, 27-25, 26-28, 17-25). Richie dominated kills with 13 of the team’s 40. Sophomore middle hitter Melissa Drill led with three of the team’s six total blocks.

Everyone contributed on defense with digs. Speakman racked up 36 assists, bringing her season total to 395. Serve receptions were led by Richie with 27, Schaible with 22 and junior defensive specialist Grace Bowe with 20. Despite the effort, the White Hawks were not able to overtake the Cardinals and stop a couple of their strong hitters.

As the season end is in sight, Westonka will be hosting some home games. They play Rockford on Oct. 10, Big Lake on Oct. 12 and New London-Spicer on Oct. 16. The White Hawks will play in an MEA tournament in Sartell, Minnesota on Oct. 19. Section playoffs will begin Oct. 25.

Photos of the Dassel-Cokato game by Tera White
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