The Kimball Cubs’ volleyball team finished out the regular season in fine fashion, prevailing over Upsala, 3-1 and Eden Valley-Watkins, 3-0. The home victory vs. the Cardinals on Tuesday, Oct. 8, and the Thursday, Oct. 10, win at the Eagles’ moves the Cubs to a respectable 11-13 season mark. Junior Macey Hurrle batted 19 kills to boost Kimball past Upsala. Game scores were 23-25, 25-21, 25-16, and 25-17. Coach Scott Heinen sums it up. “A fun night! We recognized our great parents and honored our seniors; Shelby Schiefelbein, Hollie Donnay, Alexis Rose, Rebecca Frank, and Stacy Hurrle. They have set an example that makes us proud to coach them and for others to model. We played a good match and furthered our journey to playing team volleyball (and our best volleyball), preparing for a long journey into the playoffs.”
It was a beautiful day on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Albany, as the Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball runners stretched their legs for a good run. EV-W-K took eighth place and they were led by Emily Donnay, who finished second with a time of 15.59.
She may be a new face on the Hamline volleyball team this year. But Kimball Area High School graduate Molly Hurrle is playing like an old hand these days. A senior transfer from Mayville State, Hurrle moved into a regular role as the team’s main set-up person in early September. She has adapted so well that she now ranks 11th in the country and third in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Converence (MIAC) in Assists Per Set (10.69). Her 220 assists in conference action leads all setters going into the Pipers’ match Oct. 9 at St. Mary’s.
The rest of the MIAC is starting to pay attention as well. Hurrle was named the conference’s Setter/Libero Of The Week for her efforts in the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5. The Kimball native had 205 assists and 61 digs as the Pipers went 3-2. For the year, she now has 556 assists and 153 digs.
“Despite the earlier rain, it was great running weather and great competition on Thursday night, Oct. 3. We had a lot of personal best times,” Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball coach Holly Hansen said. The Eagles took eighth Place (222) in the 12-team invitational, which saw Annandale claim first-place honors with a score of 46. The EV-W-K next action is Tuesday, Oct. 8, 4:15 p.m., at Albany.
Results: Boys Junior Varsity: (42nd) Matthew Notch 20.32; (95th) Cameron Flaschenriem 22.41; (118th) Joey Kuechle 23.39; Boys Varsity: (63rd) Bret Mattice 19.24; (65th) Tyler Neu 19.33; Girls Junior High: (65th) Ashley Schindele 12.31; Girls Junior Varsity: (31st) Seahara Mancini 19.27; (39th) Maria Roeser 19.51; (46th) Emily Utecht 20.00; (50th) Libby Yozamp 20.10; (55th) Lindsey Kavanagh 20.26; (60th) Tori Denn 20.49; (75th) Ashley DeJuliannie 21.39; (77th) Hannah Ehlinger 21.44; (80th) Kristen Howe 21.54; (84th) Lauren Libbesmeier 22.06; (88th) Erika Johnson 22.17; (95th) Cheyenne Sogge 22.43; Girls Varsity: (13th) Emily Donnay 16.32; (38th) Denzel Atherton 17.40; (46th) Grace Kopitzke 17.53; (57th) Brooke Winter 18.22; (70th) Hannah Holmberg 19.13; (75th) Sonora Mattice 19.43; (76th) Stephanea Roeser 19.57.
Capping off a winning week, the Kimball Cubs’ volleyball team put the icing on the cake, Saturday, Oct. 5, taking third place and going 3-1 in the Braham Tournament. The girls looked ready to play and it showed, as they beat the Zimmerman Thunder, the Barnum Bombers, and the Princeton Tigers. Their only loss came at the hands of the hosts, a very tough Braham bunch with a lot of talent. Cubs’ coach Scott Heinen sees the value of teamwork portrayed by his group. “In the last week, we have won seven out of the ten matches we have played. We do not find it a coincidence. We together are continuing to grow with each person and their roles are critical to our success. Together, we will fight to the end of the season. We are the team we are, because of each person’s contributions, and we love it!”