WSHS volleyball 8/26/21

Photo by Chris Rogers

Winona senior Allie Filzen (12) attacks the ball in last Thursday’s game against the Caledonia Warriors.

by CHRIS ROGERS

The Winona Senior High School (WSHS) Winhawks volleyball team fell to the Caledonia Warriors in its first game last Thursday at home. The Winhawks produced some thrilling rallies, but the Warriors capitalized on their greater experience to win in three sets: 25-10, 25-10, and 25-12.

Caledonia looked polished on defense, managing to block many of the Winhawks’ attacks and keeping the ball alive when spikes got through. Logan Koepke was a standout on offense for the Warriors, sending some perfectly placed hits into unreachable corners of the Winona court.

The Winhawks rallied halfway through their second set, coming within five points of the lead, but they couldn’t keep the Warriors on their heels for long. Winona seniors Sydney Withrow and Jada Klungtvedt made some great blocks as their team tried to hold in the final moments of the third set.

“Caledonia is a strong program; they always have been,” WSHS Head Coach Amber Mlynczak noted. Her own team has several younger players making the move to varsity for the first time. “That’s a big jump,” she said.

“It was our first game, and a lot of the girls were new to the game at the varsity level,” WSHS senior Mandy Duellman said. “And I thought we played amazingly.” Winona’s libero, Duellman made some diving digs to keep the Winhawks in several points.

“There’s lots of things we can fix that can make a big difference,” Mlynczak said, noting that her players are always willing to work hard. “This group of girls is so excited, and they’re hungry to play,” she added.

Chris@winonapost.com