Westby volleyball saw its season come to an end in the second round of post season action. The Norse volleyed past Viroqua on Tuesday, Oct. 17, but fell to Elk Mound on Thursday, Oct. 19.
Head Coach Jenny Luebke said Westby was focused and played with determination against Viroqua wining in three straight sets, but struggled with the speed and hitting power of Elk Mound falling 3-1.
Westby 3, Viroqua 0
Westby defeated Viroqua, 25-21, 25-22, 25-19. The Norse played solid in the first set, had four aces, but still gave up three points to missed serves an area the Norse have been working hard to improve. Westby won 25-21 in a game that was close from start to finish.
In the second set Kenzie VonRuden was on fire serving nine straight points. Westby was down 10-8, but rallied back to a 17-10 lead before Viroqua could break her serve. VonRuden was also sound at the net racking up eight of the teams 14 kills. Elsa Luebke knocked down four kills. Westby led 23-14, until Viroqua’s Taylor Cowden held them at bay with a strong serving run. The Norse won. 25-22 on a kill by VonRuden.
The Norse led 21-11 in the third set, but let Viroqua back in. Westby had 10 kills, led by VonRuden and Michaela Grabowski with three each and Eva Lee with two. The back line dug out 14 balls, Lauren Berg led with four. Westby won 25-19 to take the match.
Elk Mound 3, Westby 1
Westby was unable to advance by falling 25-19, 25-18, 23-25, 25-9 in the Regional Semi-Final held at Westby (4th seed).
The Mounders (5th seed) put the Norsemen on their toes right out of the gate, taking the first two sets 25-19 and 25-18. Westby fought back winning the third set 25-23 to force the fourth set.
Elk Mound dominated that fourth set behind the powerful performance of Morgan Radtke who had her strongest game of the season against Westby, racking up a staggering 23 kills on the night, eight digs, three solo blocks and one ace.
Allie Weber and Kourtney Zurbuchen also shared a strong night at the net for Elk Mound, while Madysen Borofka provided 44 assists and 14 digs.
In the first two sets, Westby was stayed within striking range. In the first set they had five ties at points 9,11,12,14 and 15 before the Mounders took control as Westby made adjustments. In the second set there were six ties at points 1,2,3,8,9 and 11, before Elk Mound went on a scoring run and maintained the lead going on to a 25-18 win.
Westby senior leadership shined through in the third set which was a complete see saw battle including 11 ties before Westby pulled out the 25-23 win. The exciting game was filled with strong volleying and good sets.
The wheels fell off in the fourth set when Luebke said she had hoped the momentum of the third set would carry the Norse the rest of the way. Instead the momentum shifted as the Mounders dominated the game to win the set 25-9 ending the Norse season.
“Elk Mound was a tough team with a solid middle hitter who also hit well on the wings. We had a great season and in post season play unless you win state your last match will be a loss. It is never easy and this match was not different. Our seniors our moving on and we with them the best of luck,” Luebke said.