Madison College powers past its opponents for another strong start

Evan Halpop

Clarion staff report

The Madison College volleyball team is off to its usual strong start to the season, having won eight of its first 11 matches.

Most recently, the team went 3-1 in the Rochester Invitational on Sept. 8, winning its first three matches of the tournament before losing to tourney host Rochester Community and Technical College, 2-0.

The WolfPack dominated its first three matches, defeating Riverland Community College (25-12, 25-11), Minnesota West CTC (25-13, 25-9) and Viterbo University JV (25-21, 25-13).

Both games in the match against Rochester were close, with the WolfPack falling 25-21 and 25-23.

Madison College 3, Milwaukee 0

Led by Terissa Bierd, the WolfPack swept in-state rival Milwaukee Area Technical College, 25-5, 25-4, 25-9, on Sept. 4. Bierd posted a team-high nine kills in the match, while Melinda Statz added 13 assists.

Madison College 3, College of DuPage 0

Freshmen Payton Klein and Kayla Voorhees both recorded 10 kills as Madison College defeated conference foe College of DuPage, 25-18, 25-18, 25-22, on Aug. 30. Bierd had nine kills, 12 digs, two blocks and an assist. Alexis Semrow added 20 assists.

Harper College 3, Madison College 2

The WolfPack lost its first conference match of the season, falling to Harper College in five games on Aug. 28. The match couldn’t have been much closer, with the teams alternating wins before Harper prevailed, 15-13, in the final game. Bierd again led the team with 15 kills.