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Volleyball: Panthers add to seven-game winning streak

Ellsworth's seniors Katie Runyon, Nadia Sigler, Mallory Bleeker and Mackenzie Kummer were honored on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Panther's Senior Night. The Panthers claimed a 3-1 win over New Richmond in their final home game of the regular season. Photo courtesy of Jon Claesson

The Ellsworth Panthers added two wins to their record during the first week of October, and are now on a seven-game winning streak as they head into the final week of the regular season.

The Panthers (21-5, 5-1) claimed their first win of the week on Tuesday, Oct. 2, with a 3-0 sweep over Baldwin-Woodville (9-19, 1-5). Ellsworth won the match in set scores of 25-11, 25-21 and 26-24.

Mackenzie Kummer recorded 16 kills, two aces and two blocks to lead the Panthers in all three categories. Nadia Sigler also led with two aces, and Brooke Minder and Avery O'Neil each matched Kummer's block total. Setter Kaitlyn Nugent led the way with 22 assists, and Sigler carried the back row with 13 digs.

The Panthers went on to host the New Richmond Tigers (14-17, 1-5) on Thursday, Oct. 4, and added a 3-1 victory to their conference record. The Tigers claimed the first set 25-15, but the Panthers responded with three straight set wins with scores of 25-22, 25-7 and 25-9.

Kummer and Minder both tallie up six blocks against the Tigers, and Kummer also led her team with three aces and 19 kills. Nugent added 30 assists and 15 digs to her statline against the Tigers and led Ellsworth in both categories.

The Panthers will finish off their regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 9, with an away match at Osceola (18-9, 5-1). Ellsworth, Osceola and St. Croix Central all hold 5-1 Middle Border Conference records coming into the final week of the regular season.

Spring Valley adds two conference wins

The Spring Valley Cardinals claimed two Dunn-St. Croix Conference wins in their second-to-last week of the regular season and are now 3-2 in conference play heading into their three final games of the regular season.

The Cardinals (11-11, 3-2) defeated the Plum City Blue Devils (0-19, 0-5) with set scores of 25-16, 25-12 and 25-14.

Junior Lexi Johansen recorded 14 kills for the Cardinals on 26 attack attempts and also led her team with two blocks on the night.

Setter Jasmine Ortner assisted 26 of the Cardinals' 29 kills and led the Cardinal servers with four aces.

Quinn Anderson was Spring Valley's top defensive specialist of the night with nine total digs.

The Cardinals went on to defeat Elmwood 3-1 at home on Thursday, Oct. 4.

Plum City's stats and Thursday, Oct. 4, results against Durand were not submitted prior to the Wednesday, Oct. 10, edition of the Herald's deadline.