Despite season pausing next week, Holmen volleyball battles to win 5-set thriller vs. Sparta


Just 10 days ago, WIAA volleyball and boys soccer teams got to start their fall seasons. Two days ago, they had their first official games. Now, both Holmen and West Salem have to cancel in-person sporting events next week due to rising COVID-19 cases in La Crosse County.

It put a somber note on Holmen volleyball’s senior night Thursday before their match against Sparta.

“It is very disappointing, especially after coming off the loss against Onalaska,” junior libero Ellie Kline said before the Sparta match. “We were ready to get back in the gym and work on our stuff, so it’s very disappointing, but it teaches us to take the situation and make the best out of it.”

And make the most of it they did, rallying as a team to overcome a 2-0 deficit and beat Sparta 3-2.

Kline led the defense with 42 digs, and Mara Schmidt had a team-high 17 kills.

Meanwhile, Aquinas dropped the first set hosting Westby at home but rallied to win 3-1.

Onalaska improved to 2-0 with a four-set win at Tomah. Claire Pedretti recorded 16 kills, Carly Skemp had 22 assists, and Olivia Gamoke came up with 36 digs.

Alyssa Whaley led Tomah with eight kills.

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