GRANTSBURG – Entering the week with a nine-match win streak, the Grantsburg volleyball team will make the most of the upcoming weekend off by staying away from the net.
The Pirates extended their win streak by defeating Luck and Siren last week, despite the recent challenged they faced in addition to their opponents.
“We are fighting fatigue and sickness,” Grantsburg coach Deb Allaman-Johnson said. “We will sleep and heal.”
Yet, the Pirates continued their unblemished September record, starting with a three-set win (25-12, 25-11, 25-14) over Luck on Sept. 10. Hanne Johnson led the Pirates with 12 assists and 11 kills; Olivia Ohnstad had 12 digs and Elle Duncan had 18 assists. Britta Hibbs had 14 digs, seven assists and four kills for Luck; Gabby Engstrand had 19 digs and Grace Thoreson added 14.
“As a team, we served less than our best,” Allaman-Johnson said. “But (we) had only one receiving error with a lot of solid and dominant hitting.
“There is no equal playing time on varsity, but since we were playing well we had a lot of opportunities to get everyone on the court.”
Grantsburg’s win streak reached nine on Thursday, with its three-set (25-17, 25-15, 25-10) win at Siren. Ellie Duncan had 14 assists and served three aces for the Pirates; Ohnstad had 14 kills and Johnson had 12 kills with 11 assists.
“(Siren) blocked brilliantly in addition to digging, scrapping, scraping and scrambling their way to every point,” Allaman-Johnson said. “We were simply off in a few key areas. We struggled with flow and committed more unforced errors in one match than we did in the entire season prior.”
The Pirates entered the week with a 13-1 overall record and have not surrendered a set during their nine-match win streak. They play at St. Croix Falls this Thursday and then at Unity on Tuesday.
Following a loss to Grantsburg on Sept. 3, the Tigers put together three consecutive wins leading to their match at St. Croix Falls on Thursday.
Webster avoided a potential four-set loss at Luck on Sept. 5 and won with a tiebreaker set. The Cardinals won the first set 25-21 and after Webster won the second (25-22), they won the third set 25-23. But, the Tigers won the fourth set 25-23 and then the tiebreaker 15-11 for their first win of September.
Kaitlyn Lee had 23 assists and 14 digs; Hannah Janssen added 21 assists and Summer Winkler had 20 kills.
Last week, the Tigers earned consecutive wins before their matchup with the Saints. They defeated both Cumberland (25-18, 25-15) on Sept. 10 and Boyceville (25-17, 25-18) the following day. Serena Peck had nine digs and three aces for the Tigers against Cumberland; Lee had 12 assists and five kills and Kelsey Kidder added seven digs. Lee and Janssen had seven assists each against Boyceville; Torrance Wols added five digs and Brooke Hetfeld had six kills.
Webster was one set away from extended its win streak to four matches on Thursday, winning the first set 26-24 and the third set 25-18. But the Saints forced a tiebreaker set with a 25-18 win in the fourth and took the win with an 18-16 tiebreaker win.
Winkler had 17 digs and 15 kills for the Tigers; Janssen had 20 assists while Lee had 16 assists and 12 digs. Serena Peck added four aces and 16 digs.
The Tigers play at Siren on Thursday and host Frederic on Tuesday.