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The lack of a productive net attack cost the St. Croix Central volleyball team in its Dunn-St. Croix Conference matches against Pepin and Plum City last week.

The Panthers lost at home against Pepin last Tuesday 25-11, 25-19 and 27-25. Two nights later the Panthers fell at Plum City 25-16, 25-11, 25-18.

A slow start proved costly for the Panthers in their home match against Pepin.

“After the first game the girls started turning on their skills, but it was a little too late,” said Central co-coach Julia Foley.

Foley said the Panthers served and passed well against Pepin, but they couldn’t generate chances to consistently get kills from their attack. The Panthers only had eight kills in the match, five of them coming from Kayla Pabst.

Serving was an area the Panthers could count as a strength, with three misses in 56 attempts. Haylee Hawke led the team, being on target with all 11 of her attempts. Madison Malecek was 9-9 serving and Pabst led the team with two service aces.

Sadie Buckel, the team’s libero, led the team with 11 digs. Malecek was the team’s top blocker, recording 13 successful blocks. Abby Harrington was second on the team with seven blocks and Ayla Granberg had six blocks.

The slow start proved costly for the Panthers again on Thursday. The Panthers improved by late in the match, but the improvement came too late.

Foley said Buckel stood out with her play as the libero on Thursday, but the team still couldn’t get the hitting attack to be consistently productive.

The Panthers will try to get rolling this Thursday when they host Boyceville in a conference match. The Panthers will also be in action next Tuesday, playing at Colfax.

“We have great talent and we will continue working on how to get that talent to show on the court,” Foley said. 

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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