Jenna Harless

Viroqua's Jenna Harless commands the ball in a home match against Westby, Thursday, Sept. 27.

It has been a long time since the Viroqua and Westby volleyball teams met this late in the season when both teams were still in search of their first Coulee Conference win of the year. That was the case, however, as the schools faced off in the VHS gymnasium, Thursday, Sept. 27.

The atmosphere was great as you would expect such a rivalry to be as the two teams battled in front of a packed gym. The match-up featured not only the volleyball competition, but also a “flood relief night,” where both communities were well represented.

The Westby girls and Viroqua girls did not disappoint, as the two teams battled to a five-game finale, with Westby pulling out a thrilling 3-2 win. Viroqua scuffled a bit in game one losing by a 19-25 score but battled back to win games two and three by scores of 25-21, 25-23. The Norse rallied to a lengthy and hard-fought 27-25 win in the fourth, before downing the host Hawks 11-15 in the decisive final game.

Statistical leaders included Ashlee Gander 12 kills, Jenna Harless and Erica Tryggestad 3 kills each, Serena Baker 18 digs and Chandlor Volden 20 assists.

“I felt like the girls were prepared coming into the game,” coach Katie Scwhartz said. “It was our first game back at full strength after having multiple players out last week with various injuries.”

“Game four was a tough match,” Schwartz said. “I think it took a lot out of the girls…there was a lot of back and forth. We lost momentum.” The difference in the fifth and deciding match however, came at the service line where the Hawks missed four serves and according to Schwartz, “That is just too many in a game to 15,” but the veteran VHS coach added, “We have another shot at them…and we are hungry for a conference win, so I know the girls will battle.”

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