A season of frustration continues for the Viroqua volleyball team, according to coach Katie Schwartz. The Blackhawks lost a pair of three-set Coulee Conference matches early in the week and finished with one win and two losses at the North Crawford Invitational, Saturday, Oct. 7.
“The theme for the week was very similar to how our season has been going, we are still struggling to finish games. We compete with almost every team we play,” Schwartz said. “We have lost 29 games by five or less points and 13 games by three or less points. I know the girls have gotten better and we are looking for ways to push for those last three or five points. We have been a fairly consistent serving team most of the year, but I think we need to step up our serving and serve a little stronger because the teams we are playing are too good and can run in system too well out of serve receive. We are not done yet and so back to work this week to finish conference strong and post season is a whole new season.”
Viroqua vs. Black River Falls
Tuesday, Oct. 3, the Blackhawks played host to the BRF Tigers, losing in straight sets 11-25, 22-25, 20-25. Natalie Waldenberger with 9 kills and Madysen Zitzner with 6 provided the offense, while Claire Anderson set up 9 assists and Ivy Shonka came up with 22 digs.
Viroqua vs. Arcadia
Two nights later the Blackhawk netters traveled to Arcadia Thursday, Oct. 5, and put up a valiant battle taking an early lead on game one, but could not finish, losing by a 23-25 score. The Raiders closed out the match outscoring the Blackhawks 22-25, 19-25. Waldenberger came up with a dozen kills and Anderson dished out 15 assists.
North Crawford Tourney
The Blackhawks came out strong Saturday, Oct. 7, against the host Trojans winning the first match 25-22, 15-25 and 15-13. Wauzeka/Steuben rose up to down the Hawks 18-25, 23-25 in the second contest and Highland defeated VHS 26-27, 25-19, 8-15 in the third match of the tournament.
Waldenberger continued her strong contribution at the net with 20 kills on the day and Anderson served up 38 assists.
The Blackhawks closed out regular season play this week hosting Onalaska Luther on Oct. 10 and G-E-T on Oct. 12 and will travel to Westby, Tuesday, Oct. 17, to begin WIAA regional competition versus the Lady Norse.