The Chisago Lakes volleyball team hasn’t gotten any breaks from the Mississippi 8 Conference schedule makers this season. Their first four M8C opponents have a combined record of 22-8 and 11-4 in the conference. The schedule toughness was highlighted by a match against Buffalo, a team that is 8-0 on the year and 4-0 in the conference. The Bison started out hot against Chisago Lakes, crushing them in the first set 25-8. The Wildcats were able to make stride in each set after that, but the Buffalo outside attack was just too much as CL fell 25-17 in the second set and 25-22 in the third set.
Cambridge-Isanti 3, Chisago Lakes 1 The Wildcats had a decent showing against the Bluejackets, splitting the first two sets at an even 25-19. The Jackets won the first one and CL, behind Sydney Powell and Bryanna Fernstrom took the second set by the 25-19 score. In the third set, Cambridge-Isanti took hold mid-way through the set and pulled away for a 25-15 win to put them one win away from the match victory. In the fourth set, the Bluejackets closed the door on the match with a 25-22 set. It was a tight set throughout, but the Wildcats couldn’t make the passes when they needed to the most. Despite a 2-7 record on the year, first year Head Coach Amber Klaphake isn’t getting down on the squad.
“I have stressed all season that we focus on making progress and that progress is not measured by wins. It is measured by building skills that we struggled with in the beginning. If we improve on those skills, we are doing well and being successful,” she explained. “We have actually been playing really well lately even if the scoreboard does not reflect that progress. Buffalo and Cambridge both had a really strong outside hitter that they relied on to score. We blocked those outsides well, and had some really great digs against them. Did the scoreboard show it -- no, but did we give it everything we had -- yes.” The ‘Cats took on former North Suburban Conference foe Spring Lake Park earlier this week, and that was another tough match up as the Panthers are 8-3 on the season. CL takes on Monticello Thursday, Sept. 26 at home when they step back into M8C play.