October 13, 2011 at 10:18 a.m.
The Wildcat volleyball team faced a perennial thorn in their side last week in usual conference kingpin Benilde-St. Margaret's.
Although the Red Knights are down a bit this year, the result was still the same as they left the CL Gym with a 3-2 victory and another North Suburban Conference triumph over the 'Cats.
The first two sets were evenly matched affairs with Chisago Lakes winning the first set 25-22 and Benilde striking back in the second set, winning 25-23.
The Wildcats were on the brink of winning the match after down BSM 25-18 in the third set, but they just couldn't finish the resilient Red Knights off. Benilde bounced backed for a 25-22 victory in the fourth set, and they took the fifth and deciding set 15-10 to complete the comeback.
Usual stars Sydney Powell and Zoe Hansen had a combined 30 kills and 10 aces. Sophomore setter Nicole Johnson had 39 assists on the night.
Chisago Lakes 2, Prairie Seeds Academy 0
The Wildcats breezed through their first match up in the annual Burnsville Tournament.
The Lycans from Prairie Seeds Academy specialize in soccer, and their other sports just haven't caught up to be high level competitors yet.
The Wildcats demolished the Lycans 25-6 and 25-7, and most of the damage was self-inflicted by PSA. Twenty one of the Wildcats 50 points were on aces, and they only needed 13 kills outside of that, as PSA stumbled their way through numerous passes and serve receives.
Powell had 11 aces for CL to go along with four kills. Hansen had five kills for the 'Cats.
Burnsville 2, Chisago Lakes 0
After their whipping of PSA, the Wildcats then played the role of overmatched squad against Burnsville, a volleyball tradition-rich southern school that has 11 losses on the year, but eight are to ranked teams in the state. They have a brutal schedule, but can match up with anyone.
They bested the Wildcats 25-17 in the first set, and then poured it on in the second set, winning 25-12.
Chisago went from hitting 21 aces against PSA to zero against the Blaze, and they only had 10 kills in the match, eight off the arm of Powell and two from the arm of Hansen.
Chisago Lakes 2, Tartan 1
The Wildcats won their only three set match of the day, topping the Tartan Titans in come-from-behind fashion.
After narrowly losing the first game 26-24, Chisago Lakes had to rebound and win the last two games to avoid their second loss in as many games.
They edged the Titans 25-23 in the second set, and then they jumped out to an early lead in the third set, and that's key when it only goes up to 15.
The 'Cats won 15-7 and moved to 2-1 on the day.
Powell had 12 kills, three aces and two assists, freshman Bryanna Fernstrom had six kills and Johnson had three kills and 22 assists for Chisago Lakes.
Chisago Lakes 2, Minneapolis Washburn 0
In their finale for the tournament, Chisago Lakes capitalized on numerous Washburn errors en route to a two-set victory.
The 'Cats beat the Millers 25-13, 25-15, despite only having one block and seven aces on the game.
Powell and Hansen did team up for 15 kills, but for the most part, Chisago Lakes let Washburn make their own mistakes and struggle to find rhythm.
Fernstrom chipped in three kills and three aces for Chisago Lakes and Johnson had 19 assists during the game.