VCC takes down Mesabi

by Tom Coombe
The Vermilion Ironwomen shook off a second-game hiccup and picked up a key Northern Division win on Wednesday night.
And for good measure, they knocked off a tradtitional rival in the process.
Before a vocal home crowd, Vermilion dominated the fourth set and closed out a community college volleyball victory over Mesabi..
Scores were 25-16, 23-25, 25-19, 25-15 as the Ironwomen climbed over the .500 mark and improved to 3-2 in the division, and 4-3 overall.
Vermilion also moved into third place in the seven-team division and bolstered its postseason stock.
The Ironwomen are living up to their nickname, suiting up only six players on Wednesday, but they outlasted a Mesabi team that entered the contest with three wins in its first four division encounter
The Norse featured Ely graduate Winter Sainio, who recorded three kills, 10 digs and five ace serves.
Vermilion has been led at the net this season by Cherry freshman Kaelynn Kudis, who leads the state with 21 blocks and has a team-high 61 kills, fifth-best in the division.
The Ironwomen gave second-place Northland a battle before coming up short in Saturday’s home meeting.
Vermilion won the opening set and nearly pulled out the second, but the Pioneers rallied to win 22-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-18.
Madison Witte had 19 kills and Chloe Kuznia recorded 41 set assists to lead the winners.
Kudis had nine kills and four blocks, while Mia Mattfield recorded eight kills.
Morgan Hirsch added six kills for VCC with Teha Baier and Naomi Bollman notching five apiece.
Kudis also delivered five ace serves for the Ironwomen, who are at Oak Hills in Bemidji on Tuesday for a nonconference match.
A Sept. 16 meeting with Rainy River that was postponed is tentatively rescheduled for Sept. 30 in Ely.