Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The first week of school was a busy one for the Kimball Cubs varsity volleyball team. The young women opened the Central Minnesota Conference season with an intense five game match against Pierz. They followed that up with a tournament Saturday, Sept. 6, in Lester Prairie. Pierz is a perennial conference powerhouse in volleyball. The Cubs opened the match by dropping game one, 19-25. Games two and three belonged to the young Cubs. Strong serving and offense led to wins, 25-23 and 25-19. In game four, the Cubs started slow and were unable to dig themselves out of an early hole, losing 22-25. In the fifth and final game of the match, the Cubs again found themselves down by a large margin. They battled their way back into the game, but ran out of time. Final game score was 12-15. Molly Hurrle led the Cubs with 18 assists, one ace serve, and two kills. Rachel Lahr had nine kills for the Cubs. Tesslyn Callander added five kills, an ace serve, and six digs. Kelly Mackereth had four kills; Shannon Donnay added three. Chelsey Orth led the defense with thirteen digs. At the Lester Prairie Invitational, the Cubs opened the tournament with a match against Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity #2. Volleyball tournament matches are played with a best two out of three games. The Cubs won in two, 25-11 and 25-9. Quality serving and an up-tempo offense allowed the Cubs to dominate in the match. In their second match of the tournament, the Cubs faced a section opponent. Onamia had also beat Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity #2 handily, so this match would determine the pool champion. Onamia ran a high-powered offense to jump out to a lead against the Cubs. The Cubs struggled to adjust to the many weapons of the Panthers. In the end, the Onamia Panthers topped the Cubs, 25-13 and 25-13. In the Lester Prairie match, the Cubs were led by Molly Hurrle's five ace serves and nine set assists. Sarah Messer added four kills. In the Onamia match, Rachel Lahr and Sarah Messer each had four kills. Molly Hurrle had 13 set assists. During homecoming week, the lady Cubs face last year's number two team in the CMC, Maple Lake. Come out and cheer on Thursday, September 11th, in the Wirth Gymnasium. C-Squad and Junior Varsity start at 6 p.m. The varsity match will follow at about 7:30.