October 5, 2006 at 7:17 a.m.

Vikings beat Wildcats, move to 4-1 in conference

Vikings beat Wildcats, move to 4-1 in conference
Vikings beat Wildcats, move to 4-1 in conference

With both teams at 3-1 in the NSC, the Wildcat volleyball traveled to North Branch to take on the Vikings Tuesday, September 26. The Vikings seemed well rested and played a good all-around floor game to win in three. North Branch won the first game easily and was able to answer every Chisago Lakes run in the second and third to win 25-12, 25-20 and 25-19.

“Overall, we just didn’t play well,” said Wildcat head coach Nicole DeVries. “Not to make excuses, but I think, in part, it was due to homecoming week.” Four members of the CL team were members of the Wildcat Homecoming Court.

“I don’t think we were as focused as we should have been and that was obvious to all of us on the court and on the bench at the start of the first game. It is disappointing to lose, especially to our rivals, but it is and was an experience we can build on,” DeVries added 

“While, as a team, we couldn’t put it all together Tuesday night, we did have some outstanding play from some individuals.  Those include Jaime Tschida who was excellent from the service line and our two setters, Courtney Fautsch and Kristen Tengwall. Sometimes our setters can get overlooked, but they do a tremendous job of turning what might be broken plays into points.  I just don’t mention them as much as I should,” the Wildcat coach concluded.

Vikings’ head coach Kari Francis had her own concerns before the match. Her team hadn’t played for a week and she was concerned that it might be tough to be “in rhythm.”

“I know that the girls were looking forward to this game, but needed to stay focused and play a disciplined game on our side of the net. Volleyball is such a team game and everyone on the team contributed to the win.” said Francis. “As a team we hit .385, which is the highest team hitting percentage we’ve had all year.

“We dominated at the net, but it all started with consistent serve-receive passing. That was led by four seniors, our libero Tess Prouty-Kunshier, outside hitter Megan Ranger, Kacie Ramberg and Randi Zentner. These four seniors have been great leaders all year,” Francis added.


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