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Volleyball: Cardinals fall to top Colfax team

Lexi Johansen recorded four of the Spring Valley Cardinals' six aces against the Colfax Vikings on Monday, Oct. 8. Katie Davidson / RiverTown Multimedia

The Colfax Vikings added the Spring Valley Cardinals to their seven-team list of Dunn-St. Conference casualties on Monday, Oct. 8, but despite their 3-0 loss, the Cardinals remain confident in their capabilities.

"I think we played well against a very good Colfax team," Spring Valley's head coach Kelli Schlegel said after her team's 25-17, 25-13 and 25-22 set losses. "This team can compete with any other team as long as they all put forth effort and contribute."

The Cardinals' (11-12, 3-3) play was highlighted by its back row defense from Quinn Anderson and its consistent blocking. Anderson recorded 10 digs on the night to lead her team, and the Cardinals' front row tallied up three solo and four assisted blocks without any defensive errors at the net.

As a team, the Cardinals had an off hitting night with 14 total kills and eight hitting errors. Lexi Johansen and Mataya Kado each contributed four kills. Setter Jasmine Ortner assisted 10 of the Cardinals' kills.

The Cardinals found strength behind the service line where they recorded six aces as a team with just two service errors on the night. Johansen was responsible for four of Spring Valley's six aces, and now has 15 on the season.

The Vikings (22-5, 7-0) remain undefeated in Dunn-St. Croix play, and the Cardinals are currently tied for third place with the Mondovi Buffaloes (7-11, 3-3) in the DSC standings. The Cardinals will continue their final week of the regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 9, with an away game at Durand (8-12, 2-3).

OTHER TUESDAY GAMES (all are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.):

• Boyceville at Plum City

• Elmwood at Glenwood City

• Ellsworth at Osceola

• St. Croix Central at Prescott