The Mercer volleyball team continued their promising start with one final non-conference tournament and their first conference game.
The Tigers finished second in a tournament in Grantsburg, losing to Grantsburg in the championship game 2-0 (14-25, 17-25) on Saturday, Sept. 7.
“They went to state last year in division 3 and graduated only one player from their lineup,” coach Robyn Schoeneman said.
Then, the Tigers played their first conference game at Mellen on Thursday, winning 3-0 (25-8, 25-11, 25-8).
The second place finish is the highest the Tigers have ever had. They won the pool defeating New Richmond 2-0 (25-15, 25-21), Spring Valley 2-0 (25-23, 25-16) and Clayton (25-11, 25-21).
In the championship game, Grantsburg proved to be too tough. Grantsburg won 2-0 (14-25, 17-25).
“Overall we felt very good about our day and we continue to make huge strides in our play,” Schoeneman said. “We improved to a record of 12-4.”
It was a team effort against Mellen. Aubrey Schoeneman finished with 12 kills and five digs. Ava Barton finished with four kills and two digs.
“Our goal for the evening was to try to keep a high tempo game,” Schoeneman said. “I had hoped that we would be able to maintain a high level of play like we have been, but it is difficult to do that when the pace of the game is slower than what we have grown accustomed to so far this season.”
Ella Torkelson was the main distributor. She finished with 22 assists and three aces. Samantha Barton finished with 13 digs.
“I am pleased with the way the girls served, as we have been working on serving more aggressively,” Schoeneman said. “I am also pleased with the way we were able to get attacks out of broken plays, rather than giving the other team free balls. You can’t give free balls to a good team.”
Zoe Botes had a total of four kills, while Molly Hohner had four digs and Haley Allen had four aces.
The Tigers traveled to Bayfield on Monday. Coverage of that will be in the Sept. 24 edition of The Times
. Then they host their first game when Solon Springs comes to town on Friday, Sept. 20.
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