Cougars sweep CHS

NEW ULM – As a long-time setter for the Cedar Mountain/Comfrey volleyball team, Abby Jemmings’ job is to make sure she finds the hot hitter on her team on any given night.

Jemmings had her fair share of hitters willing to deliver on Thursday as the Cougars swept New Ulm Cathedral 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 on Thursday.

Jemmings distributed the ball around to almost everyone wearing a CM/C uniform, finishing with 34 set assists.

“I try to mix it up as much as I can and pull the block,” Jemmings said. “During warm-ups, I see who’s on and who isn’t and even those who aren’t on, I try to get them the ball and mix it up.”

Makenzie Kerkhoff led the hitting attack with 13 kills. Not far behind her were Paige Richert (10 kills) and Erica Bock (nine kills).

“She’s a smart hitter,” Jemmings said of Kerkhoff. “But all of our hitters are smart and know where to put the ball on the court.”

The Greyhounds (12-9, 1-4) started out with the early lead. Tip kills by Jenna Helget and Rose Hazuka gave them the early lead and they led by as much as 6-1 after an ace by Helget.

But the Cougars regrouped and eventually grabbed a 10-8 lead on a Cathedral hitting error.

The teams traded points for part of the first set until the Cougars got the momentum late in the set, outscoring the Greyhounds 4-1 late in the set for the 25-21 win.

Hitting errors by the Greyhounds in the second set gave CM/C the 8-3 lead. A kill by Taylor Rose and a block by Richert upped the lead to 12-6 and the Cougars led 19-10 on a kill by Kerkhoff.

The Cougars were substituting and not missing a beat offensively.

“That’s awesome for us, we have 10 players who all play on the court and they play as one team,” coach Beth Hill said. “That’s huge.”

Richert closed the second set with a kill, then the Cougars got the momentum going early in the third set when a couple of Cathedral hitting errors put the Cougars ahead 8-4.

The Greyhounds closed the gap late in the third set, but CM/C got a tip from Rose and net error to finish the sweep.

Defensively for CM/C, Defensively, Lauren Boyle led with 25 digs followed by Katelyn Green with 20 and Kylie Wersal with 13 digs.

Cathedral plays at Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop on Tuesday and CM/C (11-1, 5-0) hosts Red Rock Central on Monday.