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Spring Valley edges Plum City in volleyball 3-2

SPRING VALLEY - With the appropriate "fire" lit under them, the Spring Valley High School volleyball team came back from a 2-1 deficit to beat Plum City 3-2 Tuesday in the Cardinals' Homecoming Week match.

The Blue Devils went in front winning games two and three by scores of 25-19 and 25-11 after the home team won game one 25-22. The serving and hitting of Elaina Danzinger and Sarah Gilles put the Blue Devils in position to win its first Dunn-St. Croix Conference match this season.

But Spring Valley torched PC in game four by a 25-6 score thanks to good serving from Tana O'Keefe, Emily Boisen and Jessica Christensen.

"After game three it was like Elk Mound all over again, we couldn't get past their block and they were beating us at the net," SV head coach Kellie Schlegel said. "I told them in the huddle between games either leave everything you have on the floor or leave with a loss and it lit a fire under them."

Three kills plus an ace from Nevada Schlegel put Valley in front 6-1 in game five. Kills by Boisen and freshman Aly Lee had Spring Valley ahead 10-3. Plum City came back with kills from Gilles, Cheyanne Catura and Megan Caturia and closed the gap to 11-9 after a Gilles kill. But they advanced no further and a Schlegel kill meant game and match for Spring Valley by a 15-9 score.

Schlegel had 15 kills to lead SV and Boisen finished with 10. O'Keefe had 35 assists and Becky Fesnemaier had two aces.

"We came together as a unit and we were really fired up to play those last two games," Nevada Schlegel said. "I was yelling and screaming to keep it going and we all were to keep the momentum going."

The Cardinals improve to 13-3 overall, 2-1 in the D-SC. Plum City drops to 7-10 overall and 0-3 in the conference. PC has its Homecoming match Thursday vs. St. Croix Central while Spring Valley is at Elmwood.