The McDonell volleyball team topped Marshfield Columbus in four sets on Thursday evening in their Cloverbelt Crossover championship match (25-14, 25-19, 25-27, 25-18).
The Macks (35-4) took the first two sets before dropping a competitive third set and rebounding to close out the match in four.
“Game 3 was a good reminder for us to stay focused and control our side,” McDonell co-coach Kat Hanson said. “We got a little complacent and that cost us a game.”
Maggie Craker had 38 assists and a pair of aces for the Macks. Grace Mrozinski had 21 digs and three aces, Abby Opsal added 14 kills and nine digs, Megan Baier had 14 kills to go with 14 digs and three aces while Rachel Smiskey had nine kills in the win.
“To be on top of the conference is exciting for the girls and that was one of the goals going into the season,” Hanson said. “We look forward to the next chapter of the season.”
McDonell closes out the regular season on Saturday at a tournament in Altoona before opening the Division 4 playoffs next Tuesday at home against New Auburn.
Birchwood 3, Cornell 2
At Cornell, the Bobcats edged the Chiefs in an East Lakeland Conference matchup (25-18, 12-25, 25-22, 17-25, 9-15).
Erin Crowell led the Chiefs with 11 kills, one block and four aces. Alyssa Helland had 13 digs while Jenna Sadler had five kills and 14 digs for Cornell.
Cornell opens the Division 4 playoffs on Tuesday at Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran.
Lake Holcombe 3, Bruce 1
At Bruce, the Chieftains completed an unbeaten East Lakeland Conference season with a win over the Red Raiders (25-18, 25-14, 23-25, 25-15).
Aubrey Meddaugh had 1k kills and 45 digs to lead Lake Holcombe (13-9, 12-0). Taylor Hartzell had 13 kills, 28 digs, and three aces while Carley Yeager had 24 digs and a team-best 24 assists. Alycia Emmons led the team with seven blocks while Allison Golat-Hattmer had 11 assists and Paige Flater and Yeager each had three aces.
Lake Holcombe hosts Prairie Farm next Tuesday in the opening round of the Division 4 playoffs.