Cougars win in 3

NEW ULM – In a battle of two teams on the opposite end of the Tomahawk Conference volleyball standings, Cedar Mountain/Comfrey overcame some slight issues in its timing and defeated Minnesota Valley Lutheran 25-15, 25-15, 25-11 on Tuesday.

It was the seventh straight match in which the Cougars won in three sets. On Tuesday, the Cougars got off to somewhat of a sluggish start because they swept Red Rock Central the night before. However, they weren’t tested much late in any of the three sets as they picked up their 13th win of the season (13-1, 6-0).

“It is a really good thing to do,” CM/C coach Beth Hill said of the sweep. “It just shows how we’re disciplined and take care of business. But I also like when we get pushed a little bit but it’s a good experience for us.”

Paige Richert led the Cougars with eight kills and Makenzie Kerkhoff had six kills. Lauren Boyle finished with 13 digs and Abby Jemmings had 12 digs and 23 set assists. Kylie Wersal had 11 digs, Katelyn Green had 10 digs, Jordan Kevelin finished with nine digs and Kerkhoff had five digs.

While the Cougars did struggle at times putting away the Chargers in the first two sets, they looked to be in complete control in the third set. There, they were down 3-0 before rallying and eventually taking an 18-7 lead after a 10-0 run all but put the match away.

“We never got into our rhythm tonight, the girls are tired and we need to use the next couple of days to regroup for our tournament this weekend,” Hill said. “But the third game we did come out with a little more fire.”

The Cougars are unbeaten in conference play and they’re still trying to make sure everyone knows how tough they are.

“I thought it was important to show the conference that we do matter,” Kerkhoff said.?”We’re here to win every game and come in confident.”

Brittany Sanders had a nice match for the Chargers, distributing 18 set assists and recording seven digs. Haley Birkholz finished with nine kills and 14 digs and Hannah Biedenbender ended up with nine digs.

Meanwhile for the Chargers, the season has been one of learning on a match-by-match basis. The team is still looking for its first win of the year.

Coach Sara Giesek was happy with her team’s effort against the Cougars.

“There were times I thought we were pretty quiet back there [in the back row], but otherwise I was really happy with Brittany’s sets, she was really flying all over the place, getting those sets up to her hitters,” MVL coach Sara Gieseke said.

The Chargers are at Sleepy Eye on Thursday and CM/C plays in the Subway Classic this weekend in Marshall.

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