October 4, 2007 at 8:25 a.m.
The Wildcats took an early lead and never looked back. With the back row returning serve and Mackenzie Maher setting, NB couldn't handle the powerful CL front line. A Courtney Christy kill made it 4-1 early in game one. A Courtney Fautsch spike hit the floor to give the home team a 9-4 advantage before Rachel Nelson killed a Maher set to make it 11-4. Minutes later Krista Swanson's hit made it 16-8. Sarah Reese took her turn and it was 18-9.
After another Fautsch kill made it 20-9, North Branch coach Kari Francis had seen enough. She called a time out that seemed to stem the tide, temporarily. The Vikings scored the next point on an Ashley Johnson spike after a Cori Fairbanks set. But, the 'Cats came right back, closing the game with five straight points for a 25-10 win.
In game two, North Branch created some problems for the Wildcat front line. The blocking of Johnson, Lindsay Hilde and Meghan Kampf and a series of kills by Megan Scherer kept it close early. It was 6-6, before the Wildcats started to pull away.
The Wildcats ran off seven quick points. A variety of kills, over-the-block drives and tips gave CL a 13-6 lead before North Branch scored, again. From there, Chisago Lakes gradually pulled away. The Wildcats built a 13 point 22-9 lead and cruised to a 25-12 win.
Game three offered more of the same as CL won 25-15 to push its conference record to 5-1 and its overall mark to 12 wins, 5 losses.
"The girls played really well. They were blocking, covering, and had nice passes to the setter, so we were able to run our offense," said Wildcat head coach Katie Larson. "It was fun to see them play so well and have fun! Mackenzie Maher finished the match with 35 setting assists and ran a great offense utilizing all of out hitters. She has been doing a great job as our varsity setter and deserves recognition."
Coach Larson commented on some of the other things her team has been doing lately. "This week has been another big week for the varsity already. Monday night, we (whole team plus four JV players) helped kick off the LARA volleyball program with about 85 third-sixth graders. It was great to see the girls involved and coaching the kids.
"They taught them skills and posed as great role models for the little Wildcats! Tuesday's match was designated to honor the middle school volleyball girls. The seventh and eighth grade girls wore their volleyball jerseys to the match and got in free. They were also eligible for a raffle. We raffled off volleyballs, Valleyfair tickets, Chanhassen Dinner tickets, Park at MOA tickets, Underwater World, MIA (Minneapolis Institute of Arts) and more. This made for a fun match for the girls and fans! Special thanks to the Chisago Lakes Band for attending, also," the coach said.