BALSAM LAKE – The Grantsburg volleyball team had a few obstacles to overcome in order to start a new win streak last week.
A week after having a nine-match win streak stopped by St. Croix Falls, the Pirates had challenges off the court that could have hampered a new set of consecutive wins.
“After glorious summers with plenty of fresh air and sunlight, those first few weeks back to being confined in a school building all day are like a daycare with germ bombs everywhere,” Grantsburg coach Deb Allaman-Johnson said. “Many (players) are still sick and a few are mildly injured.”
On Sept. 24, the Pirates seemingly were showing the negative effects as they prepared for their match with Unity.
“We kept hitting the tape and blasting balls into the net,” Allaman-Johnson said. “I repeatedly checked the net height at different spots. It was fine, we were just off.”
But, the Pirates got back on, earning a win in three sets (25-19, 25-20, 25-20) over the Eagles.
“We would amass 10-point leads, then fumble around a bit,” she said. “Eleven players contributed mostly great things, alternated with head-scratching errors.”
Ellie Duncan had 15 digs and 13 assists for the Pirates; Hanne Johnson had 14 digs, 12 assists, 10 kills and five blocks and Olivia Ohnstad had 12 kills.
“I’m always grateful to leave with a win and most players mostly intact,” Allaman-Johnson said.
On Thursday, the Pirates hosted Webster and again claimed a win in three sets (25-21, 25-19, 25-19).
Johnson had 18 assists, 17 kills and 12 digs for Grantsburg; Ellie Duncan had 18 assists; Olivia Ohnstad had 13 digs.
Hannah Janssen led the Tigers with 15 assists; Summer Winkler had 13 kills; Serena Peck had 11 digs; Kaitlyn Lee had 13 assists and Torrance Wols had 10 digs.
Grantsburg goes to Luck on Thursday, hosts Altoona on Saturday and Siren on Tuesday.
Prior to facing Grantsburg, the Tigers won their second consecutive match on Sept. 24 with a three-set decision (25-9, 25-19, 25-8) over Frederic. This match followed their four-set win over Siren on Sept. 19.
Janssen had 16 assists for Webster; Kelsey Kidder had nine kills and six digs; Winkler had 11 kills and Lee had 10 assists.
The Tigers play at St. Croix Falls on Tuesday and play at Unity on Oct. 10.
The Dragons lost a 3-0 decision at St. Croix Falls on Thursday and host Frederic this Thursday before playing at Grantsburg on Tuesday.