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Lady Panthers win SE Tournament

With a clean sweep of the Southeast Invitational Tournament in Gaylord on Saturday, Sept. 26, the Glencoe-Silver Lake volleyball team improved to 16-4 on the season in claiming their first tourney title of the autumn.

The Lady Panthers swept through 10 straight games in winning five matches against Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial (25-15, 25-15), Norwood Young America (25-19, 25-15 and 25-14, 25-19), Springfield (25-18, 25-20) and Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop (25-18, 25-17).

“Ball control proved to be a key strength this weekend to put us on top,” coach Lori Schwirtz said.

While leading the team with 30 kills in tourney play, middle hitter Erika Ribar also logged her 100th ace block during tournament play, putting her second on the team’s all-time list behind Stephanie Klockmann – who notched 114 in her high school career.

Setter Layne Herrmann paced GSL with 87 set assists in Gaylord, and also had 48 digs with 16 kills. Outside hitter Taylor Novak recorded a team-best 61 digs to go with 16 kills. Middle hitters Maddie Monahan and Maddy Kalenberg tallied 30 and 18 kills, respectively. Outside hitter Cortney Konen had 43 digs to go with 18 kills; libero Emily Muetzel notched 46 digs.


For more on this story, see the Sept. 30 issue of the Chronicle.