By Craig Moorhead
The Caledonia Argus
Warrior netters ended their 2019 campaign on Thursday, October 31, losing 3-1 to top seed Mabel-Canton in the 1A East sub section finals (25-19, 23-25, 16-25, 24-26).
“Our girls came out very strong In this match,” head coach Scott Koepke reported. “We played well in all phases of the game and got into the match right away which is important. We were passing, setting, hitting, serving, and playing great defense.
“In the second set Mabel had a good serving run to start the game and our girls fell behind four to five points. But just like they did all year through, they came back to get right into the set at the end and just fell short by a point or two.
“Mabel-Canton played well in set three. But we were proud of how our girls came out in set four and took a 23-21 lead. Then Mabel-Canton made a couple of good plays and we fell short in that set.
“Again, we were proud of how we came back and kept fighting for points. All of our girls made a lot of growth this year in many areas and although we came up short in this match we are very proud of them. We want to thank everyone for coming up to the match and supporting the girls, it means so much to them!”
There were few errors and some great play from Caledonia on Thursday, as the team achieved an outstanding record of 25-7 on the year. Nearly all of the team’s losses occurred while playing much larger AAA schools in tournament action. The Warriors were Three Rivers Conference champs in volleyball (11-0 in conference matches).
Thursday’s match featured 18 kills and 5 blocks from Warrior senior middle hitter Lydia Lange, a 1000-plus point scorer who will soon play for the Warriors of Winona State University. Senior outside hitter Alexis Simpson scored 11 kills, and dug 25 times. Senior setter Haley Jennings also had 25 digs.
The Cougars were led by Kenidi McCabe (14 kills, 37 digs), Payton Danielson (13 kills, 23 digs), and Sarina Stortz (11 kills, 8 blocks).