WolfPack volleyball faces Bay College Norse for the first time


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Madison College’s Gabby Hack (10) and Sophia Venne (8) attempt to block an attack during their team’s match against Rock Valley College on Sept. 7.

Taleise Lawrence, Assistant Editor

The Madison College WolfPack volleyball team swept the Bay College Norse in the first match of the Madison College Triangular, their first ever meeting.
Though Bay College did not take any sets, the scores were close at 25-17, 25-22 and 25-20.
The WolfPack competed hard, doubling the number of both kills and aces scored by the Norse. Aubrie Kappes and Katie Wagner set their team up for success, totalling 28 digs between the two of them. Middle blocker MacKenzie Plunket led the offense with nine kills and two blocks.
Coach Mallory Dixon Stone said that Plunket has been improving consistently as the season progresses. She “has really embraced what we’ve been asking of her, and it’s very clear on the court.”
The team will continue to work on serving and serve receive. Currently the WolfPack boasts an impressive 140 aces, compared to their opponents’ 58. They will also be focusing on diversifying their offense. With a team of mostly freshmen, learning to gel can be difficult.
“The kids have picked up really quick,” says Stone. “We have a really good group of girls who are willing to work really hard and willing to problem solve together.”
Dan Porath, head coach of Bay College’s first year volleyball program, said that playing in Madison was a great opportunity for the players. With a brand new team, there were some nerves from the Norse.
“They’re very tall compared to us, so our girls were a little intimidated, right off the bat. But other than that I thought we competed hard,” said Porath.
Madison College’s overall record stands at 10-4, with conference play set to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at home against the College of DuPage.
The WolfPack will have five more home games this season.

Madison College 3, Lakeland University JV 0
A strong overall performance helped Madison College beat Lakeland University JV, 25-16, 25-22, 25-17, at home on Sept. 10. Gabby Hack, Kendall Weisensel and Tyra Anderson each had seven kills in the match, while Daryn Schaefer added 19 assists.

Madison College 3, Minnesota West CTC 1
After dropping the first set against Minnesota West CTC, 25-22, Madison College rallied back to win the next three sets in dominate fashion at home on Sept. 10, winning them, 25-11, 25-15, and 25-18.
Anderson led the team with 11 kills, four aces and three blocks. Schaefer added 26 assists, Weisensel had 16 digs and Sophie Venne had six blocks.

Rock Valley College 3, Madison College 2
Madison College failed to convert on two match points in the third set, then lost the final two sets and the match against
Rock Valley College at home on Sept. 7. Rock Valley, which finished as the national runner up last year, won 14-25, 15-25, 28-26, 25-18, 15-2.
Venne led the WolfPack with eight kills. Schaefer had a big match with 18 assists, 12 digs and six aces.

Madison College 3, Dakota County Technical College 1
A balanced battle saw Madison College overcome Dakota County Technical College, 24-26, 25-21, 26-24, 25-16, at home on Sept. 3.
Weisensel led the WolfPack in kills with 12, in digs with 19 and in aces with five. Schaefer had 22 assists to lead the team, while Mariah Best added 17.