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Big wins for both Elmwood and Plum City last week

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Both Elmwood and Plum City continued to string together wins in non-conference action. Both Pierce County squads had two big non-conference dual wins last week.

The start to Elmwood's 2011 prep volleyball season got a big boost with a 3-2 non-conference win at Ellsworth Tuesday.

The Raiders won Game 1 by a 25-23 but Ellsworth took the next two games 25-16 and 25-17. Elmwood was on the verge of losing before coming back to win Game 4 by a 25-22 score and then won 15-10 in the final game.

Having more team depth has certainly helped Elmwood's cause but so has better overall team play according to head coach Bev Glaus.

"Obviously when you can sub-in more it keeps your skills from eroding due to fatigue," Glaus said. "But when you're forced to play varsity almost right away as sophomores you gain a lot of experience and it paid off for us in Games 4 and 5. We had to pull something together because the crowd was into it and the pressure was on, but we were able to get the points we needed to win."

Tina McKune finished with 12 kills to lead Elmwood and McKayla Brunner had seven. Jessica Olson finished with 32 assists and Brunner also had 11 digs. Brunner also made nine block kills as well.

The Raiders didn't have much left in the tank 48 hours later as they were swept at Fall Creek by scores of 16-25, 28-25 and 14-25. The Crickets, 11-1 overall, had more than 10 blocks in the match.

The same night Elmwood was winning in Ellsworth, Plum City was also winning on the road at rival Alma 3-0. Game scores were 25-17, 26-24 and 25-17.

"Our team work was very good," PC head coach Nanette Murray said.

Marah Boyer led PC with 12 kills. Heather Von Holtum had a team-high 17 digs with Boyer having 14. Both Boyer and Morgan Sweeney had two aces and Sweeney made a team-high seven aces. Shelby Kannel recorded five assists, Von Holtum had seven blocks while Sarah Gilles made three block kills.

PC survived sweltering conditions inside Durand's gymnasium to pull off a sweep of the Panthers in their own quad meet Thursday.

The Blue Devils beat Durand 25-11 and 25-20. This salvaged the quad meet for PC as they lost to Pepin 24-26, 11-25 and Cochrane-Fountain City 25-20, 13-25, 10-25. The Pirates went on to win the event.