Alden-Conger freshman setter breaks 1,000 career assist barrier
Alden-Conger’s freshman setter passed a milestone.
Although the Knights were swept 3-0 Tuesday against Martin County West, Erika Bute — a varsity starter since seventh grade — posted a team-high 13 assists to surpass 1,000 in her career.
“The bench was all counting down,” Erika Bute said. “It was really exciting.”
Alden-Conger coach Jolene Bute, Erika Bute’s mother and a former volleyball player at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato and St. Cloud State, said her daughter tagged along to volleyball practices as a child when she coached at United South Central.
“Since she was in second grade, she’d go to varsity practices with me,” she said. “She took a liking to the game right away.”
Erika Bute said her next goal is to hit 2,000 career assists.
Martin County West (8-1, 4-0 Valley) was a state qualifier the last three seasons and finished third at the Class A state tournament last year.
Game scores against the Mavericks were 25-13, 25-23 and 25-17.
“The scores are a little deceiving,” Jolene Bute said. “I felt we played our best volleyball of the season. It was a fun night.”
Along with leading the team in assists, Erika Bute added a team-high three blocks. She also had two kills and seven digs.
Elynn Johnson led the Knights with nine kills. Kelsey Newman added five.
Abby Reyerson posted a team-high 28 digs, and Madison Erickson added 21.
Next, Alden-Conger (5-5, 2-1 Valley) will play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Martin Luther-Granada-Huntley-East Chain (7-3, 2-2 Valley). The Mustangs are coming off a 3-0 home loss Tuesday against St. Clair (10-6, 3-0 Valley).