Mabel-Canton Volleyball expecting tough section tournament

Cougars a No. 2 seed after 24th consecutive conference title

One of our area’s most consistent programs is Mabel-Canton. The Cougars are a two seed in their section and have won the Southeast Conference for the 24th year in a row.

The Cougars lost a few key seniors from last season, including the ultra versatile Kenidi McCabe, who’s now playing college ball for Viterbo.

Head coach Lonnie Morken says this year’s roster is taller than they’ve ever had, always a plus in volleyball, but this group knows a difficult section tournament stands in their way of returning to state for the first time in 20 years.

“People are amazed by how far this volleyball talent we have here [goes], and it’s just awesome to be a part of that,” senior Emily Carolan said. “We don’t take it for granted. We know it’s not just handed to us.”

“We preach it every day in practice about battling, battling, battling,” said Morken, “and we hope we have a few battles ahead of us in Rochester, and not just one day.”

Mabel-Canton got its tournament started Thursday night with a 3-1 win over No. 15 seed Randolph. They next face No. 7 seed Hayfield in Rochester Saturday at 10 a.m.