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Gopher Volleyball Section Runner-Up


Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

For the Chatfield volleyball team, things didn’t go as well for their male counterparts or FC adversaries. The Gopher gals were able to win the Sub-Section 1AA East title. They took a hard fought affair over 3-seed Dover-Eyota (16-13) 3-to-1. Alex Duxbury’s four aces right off the bat helped the Gophers to a 7-2 start in game one, but D-E took only their second lead at 24-23, and then an Ashley Tiedemann block gave them game #1 (25-23). Chatfield probably had game two in hand (up 19-15), but junior OH Maddy Kammer made sure. She authored a pair of kills and blocks amidst a 6-0 Gopher run to close things out (25-15), and tie the match at 1-1. The Gophers then controlled game three from start to finish for the 25-16 win, the 2-1 lead. Game four saw 15 ties. Eagle Brandi Blattner was one big pest (really good). Down 25-24, a wayward Gopher attack seemingly sent the match to a fifth game, but a net violation was called on D-E (tying the game at 25). Kills by Kirsten Keefe and Kammer then gave the Gophers the set 27-25, the match 3-1 over the Blattner (24 kills, 36 digs) led Eagles.

In the Section final versus #3 Kasson-Mantorville (who went 3-0 versus #2 Stewartville), the underdog Gopher’s defense kept them in it. They did their best to block K-M’s powerful 6’0” OH’s Brooklyn Lewis and Hailey Busch. Their backline staved off point after point. Chatfield just couldn’t mount offense when they needed it. K-M took game one 25-17, Chatfield game two 25-20, K-M game three 25-16, and the Gophers led game four 24-21. But the Komets staved off a 5th set with three straight points, tying the game at 24. Chatfield had too more chances for a fifth, up 25-24 and 26-25, but again were denied. A Gopher attack error and then a Busch kill ended Chatfield’s season. They fell 3-1 (17-25, 25-20, 16-25, 26-28) to the Komets in a match much closer than many expected. Chatfield finishes with a school record 25 wins, 9 defeats. Like, Mabel-Canton, it was an extra-tough defeat. The Gophers lose a couple really great players. Senior libero Alex Duxbury has been one the state’s best defensive players for most of her four-year varsity career. She had 14 digs and 6 aces on 33-33 serving versus D-E, 15 digs and 4 aces on 23-23 serving versus K-M. She hasn’t seen her last volleyball game though. She’ll attend Concordia University in St. Paul. Gabrielle Salisbury also played her last high school game, and was also outstanding. Salisbury posted 29 assists, 19 digs, 3 kills, and 3 aces versus D-E, and 36 assists, 19 digs, and 2 aces versus K-M. Keefe led Chatfield with 16 kills, 21 digs, and 23-23 serve receive versus D-E. Kammer had 12 kills and 5.5 blocks versus the Eagles. Brook Irish (12 kills, 4 blocks) and Sheridan Salisbury (11 kills) were forces versus the Komets. That foursome will lead Chatfield next year.

Cross Country

11-02:

•Class A State Meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield (Boys Team: 1st Perham, 2nd Mounds Park Academy. Boys Individual: 1st Keeghan Hurley (Perham), 2nd Shane Streich (Waseca), 3rd Ian Torchia (Lourdes). Christian Bance (Chatfield) finished 17th and Austin O’Hare (L-A/R-P) 70th of 175. Girls Team: 1st Annandale, 2nd Lac Qui Parle Valley. Boys Individual: 1st Emi Trost (Cannon Falls), 2nd Mary Nass (St. Paul Academy and Summit). Kiera Olson (L/FC) finished 66th and Karen Gomez (Chatfield) 101st of 174)

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