The Northwestern High School volleyball team improved to 3-1 in the Heart O’ North Conference with a 3-1 (25-18, 25-14, 17-25, 25-20) win at Cumberland on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

“Our girls played well and beat a good Cumberland team,” NHS coach Charlie Hessel said. “We knew we would have a difficult time stopping Ania (Hyatt), so we really wanted to hang onto the serve when she was in the back row.”

Leading the Tigers were Brynn Erickson, 12 kills and 25 digs; Brynn Hessel, five kills and five digs; Brooke Ogren, nine kills and 14 digs; Allison Luoma, 10 kills and eight digs; Jaydon Goette, four kills and four digs; and Tayva Plasch, 35 set assists and seven digs.

“Our servers worked hard to keep their receive off balance, and if we didn’t get the point directly off the serve, we had a lot of free ball opportunities on our first ball,” Hessel said. “We played aggressive all the way around and earned a big conference victory.”

In earlier action, the Tigers rallied from two sets down to defeat Cameron 3-2 (14-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-11) on Sept. 26, at home.

“It was a very well-played match by both teams,” Hessel said. “Cameron came out in the first set and absolutely dominated. They are a great team with their quickness in the backcourt and their vertical abilities and power at the net. It took us a while to find an answer, but our girls stepped up and played some outstanding defense and scored a lot of points in transition.”

The Tigers were led by Erickson, 17 kills and 21 digs; Hessel, 17 digs; Ogren, 10 kills and 33 digs; Luoma, 12 kills and 12 digs; Goette, 11 kills; and Plasch, 44 assists.

“Every player contributed in a huge way in at least one way or another,” Hessel said. “We have been close all season against good teams, so it feels good to win a close one like this. I’m proud of the girls' effort yet again; they really work hard and do not give up.”

The Tigers (8-18), who hosted Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Thursday, Oct. 3, play at Ashland at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

‘C’ team football

The Tigers improved to 4-1 by defeating St. Croix Falls 24-12 on Monday, Sept. 30.

The Tigers opened the game with 18 unanswered points and didn’t allow a score until the fourth quarter.

Statistically, the teams finished with even yardage totals (288-287), first downs (14-15) and time of possession (20:22-19:38).

Tanner Kaufman led the way on the ground for theTigers with 112 yards on 13 carries. Wyatt Dumonson added 85 yards on 13 carries, and Bryce Oswskey rushed for 34 yards on six carries.

Quarterback Luke Sedin was 4-for-6 passing for 77 yards, including a 16-yard TD pass to Kaufman as time expired to end the first half.

Also catching a pass apiece were Dumonson (29 yards), Oswskey (14 yards) and Trevor Eliason (18 yards).

Defensively, Dumonson had seven total tackles, Shane Schiff Jr. racked up six, and Sedin had four, including a sack. Jace Nelson intercepted a pass and deflected another.

Kaufman leads the Tigers on the season with 539 rushing yards, averaging 8.6 yards per carry. He has scored nine touchdowns and also leads the team in tackles with 33. Sedin is now 16-for-32 for 233 yards and three TDs.

The Tigers travel to Cameron on Oct. 7 and finish the season at home against Bloomer on Oct. 14.