Girls Varsity Volleyball · Simley Volleyball 4-1 in Cannon Falls Invitational

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The Simley Spartans Girls Volleyball team headed south over the weekend to the Cannon Falls Invitational. After crossing the Cannon River (where the coach’s father was known to deposit many a home run in his semi-professional baseball days), the team brought a strong 10-3 season record to bear in a number of competitive matches, highlighted by a barn burner against undefeated River Falls, a favorite to win the Wisconsin state tournament in a few weeks. Although the Spartans could not pull it out against the Wildcats, the River Falls coach opined that Simley was the best defensive team they had played all season. That loss was the only blemish of the day as the Spartans fared better against their other four opponents beating Plainview, Lake City, Medford, and neighboring St. Croix Lutheran in straight sets. Cannon Falls saw Juniors Jackie Stickler and Ellie Lanik in extended minutes with Stickler hitting an outstanding .667 out of the middle with some crucial blocks and Lanik dig 85%, serve 95%, and serve receive strongly throughout the day. The Nuggets (Senior Sydney Brady (5 aces), Sophomores Molly Stein (100% serving & a kill!), Brynn Rogers (2.33 passing), and Bella Studer (steady from multiple positions) played wonderfully again, with Rogers fishing for digs and compliments. The “hands of a Surgeon” setting by Senior Rachel Wanger led to an outstanding 75 assist effort (with only one “hands of a Sturgeon” set all day long), while Junior outside hitters Emma Heimerl & Ravyn Miles each had 23 kills, Junior Te-Block Danso added 11 kills & 13 blocks out of the middle and right sides, Sophomore Abby Hepper contributed timely aces, kills, and six blocks, and Senior Middle Hitter Adara Kellogg’s tournament line read: 27 kills on .562 hitting, 17 blocks, and 5 aces with 100% serving. What another great team effort. After crossing back across the Cannon River through the city to Highway 52 and onward to home, a lone voice from the back of the bus was heard to ponder, “I wonder where the cannons fell?”