Knights can’t hold off Viqueens in Corner Conference championship

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

For one game, the Fremont-Mills volleyball team showed defending nine-time champion Stanton it came to play in the Corner Conference championship match Thursday.

“The girls came out like gangbusters,” said Fremont-Mills coach Tracy Malcom. “We went into this game driven. We say that before every game, and we were on as far as setting and hitting. We were sharp and polished. We were on target exactly where we wanted to be.”

The final three games, Stanton showed why they are now the 10 time defending conference champions.
“They’re awesome,” Malcom said of the state ranked No. 6 Viqueens (31-5). “They’re a great team with a great coaching staff. They don’t do a whole lot wrong. And that second match they got their momentum back.”

The Knights (17-4) opened the match aggressive at the net and quickly built a 10-point lead that swelled to as many as 14 in a 25-12 game one win. The Viqueens closed out the match 25-15, 25-19, 25-9.

Malcom can’t pinpoint the play or moment that turned the match in favor of Stanton, who has won 16 of its last 17 matches, but she can pinpoint the player: Carmen Subbert. The all-state hitter was devastating on the front line, finishing with nearly as many kills (23) as the entire Knights’ team (28).

“She’s one of the best in the conference in everything she does,” Malcom said. “I told the girls from the beginning we have to keep the ball away from her and she was just on fire. When she hits the ball, most of the times it’s a kill. When she started doing that, it turned on us and we couldn’t get the momentum back.”

Malcom admits her team took the loss hard – of the Knights’ four losses this season three have been to the Viqueens.

“It was an emotionally and physically draining match, not just for the girls but for the coaches and the fans, everybody. I told the girls everybody wanted this to happen and it didn’t. So I let them take those moments in the locker room by themselves to have that time to lean on each other.

“I told the girls, ‘It is what it is. We lost. They were the better team tonight.’ I’m not going to take anything away from this but learning from our mistakes. We’re geared toward regionals now and we’ll move on from here.”

Taryn Williams led the Knights with 10 kills. Madison Powers added seven and Macy Williams six.

Fremont-Mills 25-25-25
Nishnabotna 12-22-19

Fremont-Mills smacked down 37 kills in a 25-12, 25-22, 25-19 victory over Nishnabotna in the semifinals of the Corner Conference tournament last Tuesday.

Taryn Williams had 13 kills, Macy Williams 11 and Madison Powers seven as the Knights hit .255 as a team.

Delaney Langfelt dished up 30 assists.
Taryn Hansen had 12 digs and three of the Knights’ six aces.

Fremont-Mills 25-25-25
Heartland Christ. 12-14-13

Madison Powers, Macy Williams and Taryn Williams had eight kills each to lead Fremont-Mills to a 25-12, 25-14, 25-13 victory over Heartland Christian in the opening round of the Corner Conference tournament.

The Knights had nine aces in the match and served .974.

Delaney Langfelt led the Knight offense with 27 assists and matched Powers with three aces.

Essex 25-16-25-25
East Mills 16-25-16-17

East Mills recorded 38 kills but couldn’t keep up with Essex in a 25-16, 16-25, 25-16, 25-17 loss in the opening round of the Corner Conference volleyball tournament last Monday.

The Wolverines (6-18) were ked by Stephanie Frink with 12 kills. Kendra Croghan added nine and Jessie Doyle and Emily Ray six each.

Emmy Duysen recorded 17 assists and Elizabeth Walker added 15.