10/11/2012 9:59:00 PM Bombers beat Z-M; take fifth at own tourney
by Mike Dalton
A big week of volleyball culminated with the Cannon Falls Bombers taking 5th in their own 12-team tournament Saturday.
The week started with a loss to a very tough Kasson-Mantorville squad Tuesday. Scores were 15-25, 16-25, 19-25. Kasson is rated 3rd in the state in class "AA."
"We had a hard time getting a good pass to our setter to use our quick offense," coach Melissa Huseth said. "Our kill efficiency was down because K-M's defense only allowed 16 total kills in three sets."
Carly Broze led with five kills, MaKenzie Franklin had four and Hailey Huseth three. Lydia Franken had 11 assists and three aces, Franklin had six blocks, Mada Hofstedt five blocks, Becca Vandenheuvel 21 digs, Anna Nelson nine digs, and Mikayla Quinn nine digs.
The tables were turned Thursday, when the Bombers beat Zumbrota-Mazeppa on the road in three games. Scores were 25-13, 25-18, 25-13.
It was Dig Pink night in Z-M, and the Cougar squad gave T-shirts to the Bomber team and offered those attending the chance at raffles and prizes, with all funds raised going to a local group or family that has been dealing with cancer. "It was a very fun night for a great cause," Huseth said.
Franken was stellar from the service line, scoring 26 points with an ace and no errors; she also had 17 assists. Madison Sesker had two ace serves. Franklin led in kills with 15, Broze had five and Katie Noble two. Vandenheuvel had 11 digs, Nelson and Quinn 10 each, and Franklin and Noble had three blocks apiece.
The Bombers won their pool Saturday, beating Plainview 25-12, 25-20 and LeRoy-Ostrander 25-19, 25-15. They lost their first tournament match to eventual champion Eau Claire Regis of Wisconsin, 22-25, 20-25, then beat Ellsworth 25-18, 25-17 and Farmington in the 5th place match, 25-22, 25-20.
Leaders for the day were: kills - Frankling 43, Huseth 25, Hofstedt 15, Noble 14; assists - Franken 69, Huseth 38; Digs - Vandenheuvel 50, Quinn 31, Nelson 28, Huseth 27; serving - Franken 14 aces, Franklin, Huseth, Quinn four each; and blocks - Franklin 15, Noble 10, Huseth and Broze six each.
"We had some moments of committing too many errors in a row, but overall I saw some great play as a team after a long and fun Homecoming week," said Huseth.
The Bombers are now 16-4 overall, and 9-2 in the HVL. They hosted Byron Tuesday night, go to Lourdes Thursday, and host Pine Island on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the their final regualar season match. Seniors will be honored at the PI match.