AURORA—The Ely volleyball squad tasted the sting of defeat for the first time this season, but they still came away with a 3-1 match win over the Giants last Thursday. The Timberwolves had been …
AURORA—The Ely volleyball squad tasted the sting of defeat for the first time this season, but they still came away with a 3-1 match win over the Giants last Thursday. The Timberwolves had been flawless so far this season, winning seven straight games without losing a set.
They looked to be on track for a repeat against Mesabi East, who they were playing in place of their originally scheduled game against North Woods.
“We came out very strong in set one and then struggled in set two to gain any momentum,” said Ely Head Coach Andrea Thomas. “We had a hard time with our consistency throughout the match and Mesabi East was able to find the holes on our side of the court.” After an easy 25-12 win in the first set, the Wolves lost 16-25 in the second game.
Ely bounced back, however, winning sets three and four, 25-17 and 25-21, to improve to 8-0 on the season.
Ely’s sole senior, McKenna Coughlin, had a huge night, notching 14 kills, eight digs, and six ace serves. Twin sisters Rachel and Kate Coughlin tallied 12 and eight digs respectively, while Rachel added 12 kills and Kate added three ace serves. Sophomore Madeline Kallberg tallied ten digs, three kills, and four aces, while junior Kellen Thomas added eight kills and three blocks. Junior Raven Sainio notched eight kills and junior setter Katrina Seliskar posted 39 assists.
Ely’s scheduled match-up with Duluth-Marshall on Tuesday was canceled, as teams have scrambled all season long to adjust to the worsening outbreak of the coronavirus in the region. They are now set to play in Carlton on Friday.