Cougars advance to Sub-Section final in win over Tigers; Meyers, Engholm reach milestones

Ben Stoterau

Meyers, Engholm reach milestones in victory

It was a memorable night for the Cedar Mountain girls volleyball team as they rolled to a 3-0 victory over MLA-C Thursday, Oct. 28 in the opening round of Section 2A-South Volleyball action held in Morgan.

The 19-10 Cougars—seeded second in the South half of the tournament—cruised to a 25-23, 25-18, 25-18 victory that set up the match-up with Springfield.

Nadia Meyers put a cherry on top of a solid 2021 season with her 1,000th career set assist and teammate Morgan Engholm earned her 1,000th career dig for the Cougars.

Morgan Engholm (left) and Nadia Meyers (right) pose with Coach Beth Hill after reaching milestones in the Cougars first round playoff victory.

Meyers would finish with 29 set assists, 14 digs and five kills and Engholm had a team-high 15 digs.

Hailey Hollar led the way with 20 kills and 10 digs, Megan Sandgren had seven kills and nine digs and Teresa Larsen and five kills. MyKenna Vollmer chipped in with three kills and 13 digs.

Monday, Nov. 1, the Cougars hooked up with Tomahawk Conference rival Springfield and would hold off a Tiger rally for a 3-2 victory and a date with top-seed Cleveland (21-8) tonight (Nov. 4) at 6 p.m. at Mankato East high School.

The Cougars took the first two sets 25-17, 25-14 but watched as the Tigers rallied to win the next two 25-23, 25-16. Cedar Mountain would dig deep and gut out a win in the fifth set 20-18.

“It was an absolute battle until the very end,” Coach Beth Hill said “We knew going in that it was going to be a lot of really good volleyball and I’m proud of our resilience and ability to persevere through such an intense game.”

Holler would finish with 18 kills and 20 digs and Sandgren added 13 kills and 22 digs. Larsen finished with 10 kills and continued her solid job of altering attacks at the net with a solo block and five block assists.

Meyers led the way with 34 set assists and five kills, Mykenna Vollmer had three kills and 15 digs, Paige Rose added three kills, Engholm had 13 digs and Lauren Baringer finished with nine.