Volleyball season turns corner with two clean sweeps

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Whitney Nelson

Last Thursday, the volleyball team achieved their second victory of the season. Senior captains Mia Warmka and Berit Hussey led the team in successfully completing their first clean sweep against Sibley East on the Wolverine’s home turf. While the girls fell to Watertown-Mayer in their next contest, they rebounded for a big 3-0 win against Dassel-Cokato last night.

Returning senior Claire Zupan shared her thoughts about the team’s recent success. “We can’t get ahead of ourselves and come into matches overconfident, if we strategize and play like we know we can, we will be successful.” And successful they were, finishing off the Wolverines (25-20, 25-15, 30-28) and Dassel-Cokato (26-25, 25-19, 25-21) in 3 games each.

Berit Hussey led the team with 9 kills against Sibley East and stated post-game that their reason for winning was due to the “Way we controlled the game.” She added, “When we are able to control the pace and play smart, we have a great chance of winning.”

Abby Smith, a sophomore, fell just short of Hussey with 8 kills, and senior captain Mia Warmka finished with 28 assists and 8 digs. Senior Maddie Garry successfully delivered 2 aces and Zupan achieved a game-high of 23 digs.

At this point in the season, the Fire has a record of 3 wins and 6 losses. Upcoming games include DeLaSalle on Thursday. Before the Dassel game,  Zupan said, “We hope to win out for the rest of this week,” adding, “we are really starting to adjust to each other’s playing styles and perform as a team. I’m excited to see what the remainder of the season has to bring.”

Hopefully the team can carry these recent successes and growing team chemistry through the rest of the season. The team resumes play at DeLaSalle on Thursday at 7pm and returns home to take on Glencoe-Silver Lake on Tuesday at 7pm.