|9/12/2019 2:26:00 PM|
Wildcats hit three-game skid before beating Richfield 2-0
Chisago Lakes had a tough opening to the season despite taking a 3-0 sweep from St. Anthony Village in late-August.
They opened their Mississippi 8 slate with a match up against Cambridge-Isanti, their lone conference win last year, and were swept. Then, they struggled to three straight losses to open the Coon Rapids Tournament before ending with a nice win over Richfield.
Cambridge-Isanti 3, Chisago Lakes 0
The Bluejackets looked much better than last year as they raced out to a 25-17 win in the first set. That result showed CL that Cambridge wasn’t going to be the same team as last season.
The second and third set were a bit closer at 25-21 and 25-22, but they both went in favor of C-I, moving the Wildcats to 0-1 in the new-look Mississippi 8 Conference.
Pine River-Backus 2, Chisago Lakes 0
The ‘Cats dropped their opening match of the Coon Rapids Tournament on Saturday, September 7 against Pine River-Backus.
The Tigers are a small school, but have a strong volleyball program, featuring an 8-1 record.
PNB ran away with both sets, winning 25-13 and 25-11 over the ‘Cats.
Robbinsdale Armstrong 2, Chisago Lakes 0
The second game didn’t get much better for Chisago Lakes. They drew the Falcons of Armstrong, who are a much bigger school and still feature plenty of talent.
Armstrong raced out to a 25-15 win in the first set, and only kept the pressure on in the second set, winning 25-8.
Chisago Lakes 2, Richfield 0
The ‘Cats finally got on the winning side of the coin in their last match of the tourney.
They took on the Richfield Spartans and swept them 25-16, 25-16.
There were a few standout performances from the ‘Cats, including Ashley Peltier, Paige Bergquist, Samantha Paulsen and Samantha Olson.
The young team is still working on getting better each day, but Head Coach Hannah Lindstrom could tell it was starting to pay off in that last match.
Chisago jumps back into the M8C briefly for two games with Princeton and North Branch this week before taking on Rockford and Robbinsdale Cooper in the Mound Westonka Whitehawk Tournament on Saturday, September 14. They’ll then host Henry Sibley on Tuesday, September 17 at 7 p.m.