ONALASKA — A week after upsetting Aquinas High School in five sets, the Onalaska volleyball team couldn’t replicate its magic on Monday as the Hilltoppers fell to Holmen in a MVC match that went four sets, 18-25, 25-23, 27-25, 27-25, at Onalaska High School.
With the win, Holmen moved into a first-place tie with Aquinas atop of the MVC at 7-1.
The Hilltoppers battled the Vikings in each set, including an eight-point comeback after they fell behind 23-15 during the third set. Each time, however, the Vikings had an answer.
“We played much better this time around,” said Onalaska coach Megan Swiggum, whose team fell to the Vikings in four sets on Sep. 19. “We really stepped up and played our game this time. But we lost three sets in a row by two points each. It was kind of heartbreaking.”
Holmen received a strong performance from Viterbo University commit Kenzie Winker, who had 18 kills along with six aces. Sam Millard added 19 assists, while Lizzy Porath had 17 assists to help lead the Vikings. Emma Gamoke led the Hilltoppers with 22 kills, while Elisa Dabrowski recorded 27 assists. Her sister, Kate Dabrowski, led the defense with 24 digs.
Arcadia 3, Luther 0
ARCADIA — Cassie Berg had 13 kills while Maddie Reichen had 27 assists to lead Arcadia (4-4) to the 25-12, 25-13, 25-20 sweep.
Houston 3, La Crescent 0
LA CRESCENT — Ariel Scanlan racked up 29 assists to go along with 10 digs and eight aces to help lead the Hurricanes over La Crescent 25-11, 25-19, 25-20.
Marissa Kennedy chipped in eight kills and 10 digs for Houston (5-9).
Ally Bahl had 10 digs for La Crescent.
Today one of the MVC girls tennis programs should be celebrating a conference championship. Mother Nature, however, had other plans.
The MVC tournament was postponed about 3 p.m. Monday when heavy showers swept through the area. The tournament is scheduled to resume with all of the championship matches at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Entering Monday, it was a two-team race as Onalaska was six points ahead of Central due to having a better match record (38-4 to Central’s 36-6) despite the Red Raiders going undefeated in conference play.
Those two teams will be battling it out in each doubles championship match. The key matchup is at No. 1 doubles, as Central’s Madie Lund and Cydney Livingston are battling Onalaska’s Lauren Garves and Chloe Leithold.
“Should be a real good match,” Central coach Paul Holman said. “Garves went to state last year with her doubles partner and they are really good. I was really happy with our one doubles team they beat a good Aquinas team 6-1, 6-1 after they went to three sets last week.”
The Red Raiders chances took a hit when No. 2 singles player Elizabeth Burelbach was upset in the first round in three sets. That put Onalaska in the driver’s seat with Faith Leithold and Alli Laux both still playing at No. 1 and No. 2 singles.
“We still have a chance,” Holman said. “That’s the thing about tennis you never know.”
La Crescent 3, Stewartville 2
LA CRESCENT — senior defender Rachel Ekker netted the game-winner in the 78th minute to give the Lancers (8-4) the nonconference victory.
La Crescent 0, Stewartville 0
STEWARTVILLE, Minn. — Heavy rain and darkness wiped out any chance of overtime as La Crescent and Stewartville locked into a defensive battle. Mitch Dryden came up big for the Lancers (8-3-1), which had their seven-game winning streak snapped. Dryden came up with seven saves for La Crescent, while Stewartville’s Andrew Simmons had 12.