CANNON FALLS — After winning five straight games to start the season, Cannon Falls' unbeaten streak ended Thursday when the Bombers fell to visiting Lake City, 3-1.
Both teams were slow out to kick off the match as mistakes plagued both squads. Lake City held on to win the opening set 25-17, however.
“We were really rusty to start. We weren’t in sync and weren’t in rhythm -- our hitters were off, our setters were off,” Lake City head volleyball coach Kirk Thornton said.
In the second set, the Tigers began to find their stride and won 25-13.
Facing a two-set deficit right out of the gate, Cannon Falls showed its resolve in the third set. Rather than crumbling after a 12-point loss the set before, the Bombers jumped out to an early lead and kept their foot on the gas. Cannon Falls held an 18-12 lead before the first timeout in the set was called. From there, the Bombers kept the same pace en route to a 25-16 third-set victory.
“Not to take anything away from what Cannon did, but we didn’t play very well in the third set,” Thornton said. “We made a lot of errors, we missed a lot of serves and hit a lot of balls out of bounds. We just didn’t play with that energy.”
Lake City rediscovered its energy late in the fourth set however and was able to secure the win. For the majority of the fourth set it was a slugfest with both teams trading points. Towards the end of the set though, Lake City began to showcase the same firepower that led to the earlier set wins.
“Lake City played really well,” Cannon Falls head volleyball coach Melissa Huseth said. “They are really fluid; even when they didn’t have a setter, they were able to go on the attack.”
Leaders for Lake City statistically were Delaney Issendorf with 12 kills, followed by Grace Bany and Olivia Pennington with nine kills each. Elyse Dalager had a team-high 21 assists while Natalie Bremer helped operate the offense by adding another 15 assists. On the defensive side, Ryann Willers and Dalager led the team with 10 digs while Ava Brunn added another nine.
For Cannon Falls, Madi Burr was the team leader in kills (12) and blocks (four). Halle Hustad added seven kills and Jaci Winchell posted 32 assists. Makayla Bowen had a team-high seven digs, while Lauren Johnson added another six digs.
Lake City, 5-2, next plays Kenyon-Wanamingo at home on Monday.
Cannon Falls, 5-1, travels to Pine Island on Monday for their next game.
Lake City kicked off its slate of games this week with a three-set sweep of Pine Island on Tuesday. The Tigers won the first set 25-13, the second 25-18 and finished the Panthers off with a third-set victory, 25-16.
Individual statistical leaders for Lake City were Ava Brunn with nine aces, as well as Natalie Bremer and Elyse Dalager with 10 assists apiece. Leading the attack was Grace Bany with eight kills, followed by Delaney Issendorf with seven and Olivia Pennington tallying six kills.
Earlier this week, Cannon Falls traveled to Lourdes on Tuesday in a battle . The Bombers had little difficulty keeping that streak alive as they quickly won in three sets.
Cannon Falls won the first set 25-14 and followed suit with matching 25-11 scores to win the second and third sets. Leading the Bomber offense was Jaci Winchell with 11 assists and Madi Burr with six kills. On defense, Kyra Schoenfelder had a team-high eight digs, while Erin Kremers added seven as well.
Goodhue sweeps for third-straight time
Goodhue hosted Pine Island on Thursday and for the third-consecutive game, the Wildcats won in three sets. Goodhue has now won 10 of its last 11 sets, dating back to a third-set victory over Stewartville on Oct. 13.
Against Pine Island, the Wildcats easily won the first set 25-7 but were then tested a little bit more in the remaining sets. Goodhue won the second set 25-16 and the third 25-17.
Torrie Rehder was once again a dominant presence on the court as she totaled 36 digs to lead the defense. Arianna Thomforde and Elissa Lodermeier added 13 and 11 digs, respectively.
The Goodhue offense flowed through Anika Schafer as she had a team-high 25 assists. On the attack, Joslyn Carlson led the Wildcats with nine kills, followed by Tori Miller with five.
Goodhue, 5-1, has a tough test in its next matchup as they travel to Kasson-Mantorville on Tuesday.
Z-M downed by conference leaders Stewartville, K-M
Z-M went from one spectrum to the other as they went from playing winless Lourdes last Thursday to facing Class AA No. 1-ranked Stewartville on Tuesday. The Cougars also had opposite results as they lost to the Tigers, 3-0.
Stewartville won the first set 25-17, followed by wins of nearly identical scores the rest of the way. The Tigers won the second set 25-18 and the third set 25-17.
Individual leaders for Z-M on offense were Megan Schoenfelder with eight kills and Rylee Nelson with 19 assists. Defensively, Sarah Mensink and Madi O'Reilly led the way with 12 and seven digs, respectively.
The schedule didn't get much easier on Thursday as Z-M went from playing a top-ranked team to the Class AA No. 5-ranked team, Kasson-Mantorville. It marked the second time the Cougars faced the KoMets this season and the results were identical — a 3-0 loss.
Z-M lost all three sets by scores of 25-18, 25-14 and 25-13. Individually for the Cougars, Addie Voxland and Natalie Dykes tied for a team-high five kills. Rylee Nelson led with 15 assists, while also recording a team-high 12 digs. Tenlee Magnuson and Sarah Mensink also contributed five digs apiece.
Z-M, 2-5, has a week break before their next game — Thursday, Nov. 5 at home against Lake City.
Mabel-Canton 3, Randolph 0 (Wednesday)