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USC Rebels fall to powerful WEM volleyball team

By Chuck Hunt - Editor | Nov 8, 2020

The United South Central girls volleyball team had a difficult time last Thursday night when they traveled to Waterville to take on a very tough Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Buccaneers.

The Rebels lost in three games, 25-9, 25-5, 25-9.

“We had to battle a little adversity tonight,” Rebel coach Joe Kuechenmeister said after the match. “First and foremost, hats off to WEM. They play a tremendous brand of volleyball that made it incredibly difficult to defend. That said, between altering our lineup this week, and having to deal with an injury mid-match, we had some challenges on our own side of the net that didn’t make things easier.”

The Rebels were led by Josie Schumann who had two kills, six digs, two blocks and an assist. Kylie Niebuhr also had two kills plus two digs.

Melany Ehlert added one kill and four digs, while Kendal Harpestad had one kill and eight digs. Also having one kill was Kiera Schultz and Hannah Olson. Olson also had four assists and a couple of digs.

Sam Swanson added two assists and one dig, Dani Kirkeide had six digs and an ace.

“I credit our kids for hanging in there,” the coach said. “I thought we battled better after the first set, and I saw us make some adjustments that allowed us to get into more points.”

Kuechenmeister pointed out that they had two freshmen in the match, Kendal Harpestad and Kiera Schultz who had to fill roles for the team they had not before.

“We were asking a lot of them and they seemed to get more comfortable as the match went on,” the Rebel coach said. “Biggest thing is we need to play with more consistency all the way around. We’re looking to right the ship Saturday against the Eagles, and hopefully we can get another notch in the win column.”

USC, now 1-3 on the season, was scheduled to play a match Saturday, Nov. 7, at Maple River. It had originally been scheduled for last Monday, Nov. 2.

Details will be in the next edition of the Faribault County Register.