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Somerset volleyball team shines in 2018 home debut

Kristine Scherz (15) led Somerset in kills and blocks in its win over Boyceville last Tuesday. Dave Newman / RiverTown Multimedia

For the Somerset volleyball team, its 2018 home opener was a win to remember.

But the Spartans were brought to earth when they played in a quad meet at Cadott on Thursday.

With a spirited crowd cheering them on, the Spartans won their home debut last Tuesday against Boyceville, 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-17).

A slow start didn’t knock out the Spartans when they hosted Boyceville. The Spartans fell behind 9-1 in the opening game. They came back, even taking the lead for a moment. Boyceville finished the opener with a flurry to win 25-23.

The second game came down to a tight finish, where the Spartans stood their ground to win 25-22. That win turned the momentum in Somerset’s favor, winning the final two games.

Junior Kristine Scherz was Somerset’s chief threat at the net, leading the team in kills and blocks. The Spartans also were effective on defense, led by 19 digs from Grace Lambert.

“I think one of our strengths is our ability to keep the ball alive.  We don't have quite the hitters that other teams have, but we do have players who can dig that ball up,” Potter said.

Potter said serving was a difference after the first game, including going without a miss in the second game. Potter said Maddie Trautmiller was one of the leaders of the strong serving.

Things didn’t go as well for the Spartans at Cadott. They opened with a 25-14, 25-11 loss to Superior. They then lost to Cadott 19-25, 25-17, 15-2. They final loss came against Bloomer, 25-16, 25-13.

The youth of the Spartans showed at times. They put up a potent battle against Superior, but could only manage six kills in the two games.

Effort is Somerset’s best asset and that showed again at Cadott.

“I was actually pleased with our intensity,” Potter said. “I can tell you that each point was hard-fought.”

The Spartans will be back at home this Thursday in a non-conference match against Colfax. Somerset will play in the Hudson Invitational on Saturday.

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 more than 30 years.

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