Eagles Hand Bulldogs First M&O Loss in Over a Seasond
Eagles drop Bulldogs
from M&O Perch
In a battle of two M&O unbeaten teams, the Peshtigo Bulldogs traveled to Suring Tuesday night to take on the Eagles. Each team entered the match with 3-0 records, but only one would remain undefeated.
Suring defended their home court in game number one and won the set 25-17. In game two, Peshtigo tried to even the score but the Eagles put the set away by a score of 25-20. With all of the momentum, Suring dominated game three 25-14 to take the match in a sweep, 3-0. The Eagles advance to 4-0, becoming the only unbeaten team remaining in the conference, giving them sole possession of first place.
"We knew we were going to have a tough match," said Suring Head Coach Tonia Kruschke. "Our focus was on communication as a team and being fundamentally sound. The girls were cohesive and played as a team. Katie Stegeman led in stats but it was truly a group effort to win each point. Our goal as a team is one match at a time. Both teams had solid defensive games that kept rallies going."
Katie Stegeman shined at the net for the Eagles as she notched a game-high 13 kills to go along with two blocks. Greta Sleeter's 14 assists led Suring while Cortney Heimerl pitched in with eight. The Suring defense was on display as four players had 14 or more digs including Heimerl with 16, Nikki Niemann and Wylee VanBellinger with 15 each and Sleeter with 14. Suring's serving was highlighted by Faith Buhrandt's four aces.
Ashley Dudka set up Bulldog hitters all night with 18 assists. Claire Neumann paced the Peshtigo attack with eight kills, Emma Frederickson added six and Shae Tonn logged five. Megan Behnke's eight digs led the Bulldog defense.
"Suring definitely earned it! Katie Stegeman had an outstanding game for them." Peshtigo Coach Robin Gilligan added, "Our serve receive was the highlight of the match. Our passing was spot on and also our setting from Ashley Dudka. However, we couldn't put the ball down when we needed to. When you have twenty attack errors it's hard to win a match."
An upset-minded Gillett Tigers team entered the Coleman Gymnasium ready to play. Gillett took game one Thursday night and tried to use that momentum, but Coleman seemed to have other plans.
In set number one, the back-and-forth battle was up for grabs. Both teams used scoring runs to take and retake the lead. Coleman took the early advantage as Ashlee Mayer began her big day with the first kill of the night. Mayer's ace gave the Cougars a quick 5-1 lead. Gillett would come back as they went on a nine to three scoring run to take a 10-8 advantage after Sarah Nauke's kill. Mayer's block kill followed by a spike kill brought Coleman back within one, until Faith Sorlie's back-to-back kills followed by two aces in a row from Erin Balthazor gave Gillett a 15-10 advantage. A serve error gave Gillett a 25-21 victory to take the first set.
"We needed to move better, we had nerves going out there and we just really needed to find our rhythm," said Cougar Coach Kim Henry.
Set two began the same way with each team scoring hand-in-hand. Coleman's Beth Gannigan and Kersten Gibson combined for a block kill, Gibson then sent a spike cross-court for the kill giving the Cougars an early 7-6 lead. Several consecutive key errors allowed Gillett to go on a five-point run and take an 8-12 lead. Gillett's Faith Sorlie made a diving dig that saved a point and sent the ball over the net and into the corner of the Cougar defense for a big Tiger point. With much of the momentum going Gillett's way, Coleman needed a boost. That's when Beth Gannigan took over the game for the Cougars with clutch serving. Gannigan served nine consecutive times including three aces and three kills from her teammates. Coleman took a 21-15 lead in a flash. The Tigers tried to come back as they scored four straight points bringing the score to 23-21 in favor of Coleman, but the Cougars scored two of the next three points to win set two 25-22 tying the match at one game each.
From there, it seemed to be the Cougars' time to shine. Especially their leader in the middle, Ashlee Mayer. Mayer notched four of her team-high ten kills in set number three to go along with two of her three aces. Annabelle Kotecki and Mariana Meissner also recorded two kills each helping Coleman to a 25-18 win.
"This was actually a new lineup tonight so I am proud of the way they played. We have been trying to find what clicks and this seemed to work," said Coach Henry.
In the final set, Coleman cruised out to a 15-5 lead. The Tigers did what they could to come back in the match making it a close 25-23 game, but to no avail as the Cougars won the match 3-1. Mayer and Gannigan led Coleman in aces with three each. Four Cougar players recorded 18 digs or more including Mayer leading the way with 29 and Kotecki with 20. Clara Yoap's ten assists paved the way for hitters as Mayer had ten kills and Kotecki added seven.
"The girls look to her as our number one hitter so we count on her to be that. Our previous game she struggled a bit, so this game was key for her confidence," Coach Henry said of Mayer.
Gillett's Megan Wolfe, Willow Pecha and Victoria Loberger each had six kills to lead the team. Wolfe also added a team-high 15 assists and 10 digs to cap off her big night. Sorlie pitched in with seven digs while Myranda Pratsch added six.
"A giant we have been trying to conquer is our consistency. I've been telling the girls we need to look for small victories so this game was actually a huge victory in the whole aspect of consistency," stated Coach Henry after the victory.
Match with Niagara
The Niagara Badgers, who appear to be one of the contenders for the M&O crown this season, were dually handled by the Peshtigo Bulldogs Thursday night in Peshtigo over three sets, 25-10, 25-16 and 25-10.
Claire Neumann led the net attack with 8 kills as well as getting seven digs and an ace. Emma Frederickson posted five kills and three digs while Megan Behnke helped to scoop up kill attempts with 19 digs, one assist and one kill. Shae Tonn certainly did her part in the win getting six kills, nine digs and three aces while Ashley Dudka led the team in assists with 18. She also had two digs, a block a kill and six aces.
Peyton Aderman led the Badgers with 10 digs and two aces while Jasmine Racine had two kills and two aces. Sarah Nawan had two kills and five digs while Abigail McCarthey posted five assists.
The Bulldog JV squad also added a win, finishing their match in three sets as well, 25-8, 25-16 and 25-11 while the freshman squad followed suit with a three set win 25-13, 25-9 and 25-15.
Crivitz Wins Big
The Crivitz Wolverine girls traveled to Lena Thursday for a three set match that left them on top 25-9, 25-15 and 25-14.
Virginia Popp helped keep the Wildcats in check with her nine kills as well as her two digs, two blocks and one ace. Abby Barley bagged four kills, three digs, one block, three assists and one ace while Laken Ducaine recorded three aces, three digs and seven assists. Chloe Gruszynski had four kills, six digs and one block while Talor Long chipped into the effort with a kill, a dig, a bock and three aces.
Lena was led by Kaylee Huberty with two kills, three blocks and a dig. Ally Demmith had two kills, one block and four digs while Megan Svejda tagged on two kills, an assist, a dig and one ace.
The Crivitz JV also took a three set win over the Wildcats 25-17, 25-17 and 25-12 while the freshman squad fell 2-1 to Wausaukee 25-23, 25-20 and 21-25.
Tuesday evening the Crivitz Wolverines took the trip to Niagara to take on the Badgers. The two M&O teams battled but Crivitz dominated from start to finish, winning the match 25-11, 25-15 and 25-14.
Wolverine Laken Ducaine set up her hitters all night as she recorded 15 assists. The beneficiaries of those sets included Abby Barley who hit six kills to lead the team and Talor Long with five. Defensively Annabelle Kosmecki paced Crivitz with seven digs while Chloe Gruszynski pitched in with three. Ducaine also displayed her serving skills piling up five aces on the day.
Peyton Aderman of Niagara set the tone for their defense with 14 digs. Jasmine Racine logged nine assists for Badger hitters as three teammates tied for the lead in kills with three: Aderman, Allison Wells and Alexandria Gill.
A big lead, an even bigger comeback, and one exciting final set took place in Wausaukee Tuesday night as the Coleman Cougars took on the Rangers. Wausaukee looked for the sweep as they took the first two sets 25-21 and 25-19. Coleman came back in the next two sets to tie the game 25-18 and 25-21 to force a deciding game five. It took more than 15 points to decide it, but the Cougars edged out the Rangers 17-15 to take the match.
Coleman's Ashlee Mayer was red-hot at the net all night as she crushed 24 kills on the day to go along with 21 digs and two aces. Clara Yoap led the Cougars with 22 assists and she added eight digs. Coleman's defense was on display as Brooklyn Seals had 19 digs, Marianna Meissner recorded 17, and Annabelle Kotecki and Arianna Gross each pitched in 12.
Ranger Callie Orlando's 24 assists helped hitters such as Alexis Ranallo record 13 kills, Isabella Manske add nine and Courtney Messar and Courtney Hoffeller each had seven. Sirina Tyler served up four aces on the match to pace the Rangers with Messar close behind at three.
Tigers Claw Up
Four Set Win
The Gillett Tigers hosted the St. Thomas Aquinas Cavaliers for an M&O volleyball matchup that saw Gillett victorious after four sets 25-15, 21-25, 25-15 and 25-13.
Mille Benson led the Cavaliers in the kill column with five while also adding up 17 digs, one block and one ace. Halle Beranek tallied 10 digs, a kill an ace and 14 assists while Anica Stark served her way to five aces. She also bagged eight digs, one kill and one assist.
The Tigers net assault was led by Victoria Loberger with nine kills, three digs, one block and one ace. Willow Pecha had five kills, four digs and four aces. Megan Wolfe did her part from behind the service line, getting eight aces as well as six kills and 18 assists.
Lena Posts Win
Over Oneida Nation
The Lena Wildcats were able to work their way into the win column Tuesday night with a four set win over the Oneida Nation Thunderhawks, 25-21, 25-13, 21-25 and 25-22.
Leading the Wildcats was Brianna Sylvester with eight oils, two aces and four digs. Ally Demmith also gave forth a great effort with five kills, three blocks, three aces one assist and one dig. Kendra Slempkes had 19 assists, thee kills and one ace.
Oneida was led by Jashon Killspotted with eight kills, eight digs, one ace and 10 assists. Tiana Barber got six kills, five aces, five digs and one block.
STAA in Straight Sets
The Cavaliers of Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy welcomed the Suring Eagles to town Thursday, but the Eagles were anything but good house guests. Suring won the match 3-0 with scores of 25-11, 25-17 and 25-18.
Katie Stegeman piled up 13 kills for the Eagles while Wylee VanBellinger pitched in with seven. Greta Sleeter's nine assists edged out Cortney Heimerl's eight for the team lead. Stegeman also added five aces to lead the team with Faith Buhrandt close behind with four.
STAA's Millie Benson recorded three kills, two aces, a dig and a block. Jacqueline Sporie also had two aces to go along with two assists and a dig. Kianna Bulin's three aces led the Cavaliers.
-Northern Lakes Volleyball-
Thursday night the Goodman-Pembine Patriots took on the White Lake Lakers in a Northern Lakes Conference matchup. The Patriots defended their home court in dominating fashion, winning the match 3-0 by scores of 25-23, 25-12, and 25-10.
Patriot Coach John Swick said, "We started a little slow but showed a lot spirit in finishing out that first set. From there we played very smart volleyball and really got after balls to extend points. I really liked the way we came together as a team and continually picked each other up to secure that first set."
Hailey Hilkert led Goodman-Pembine with five kills and two aces. Rachel Braaten and Valerie Barribeau each recorded four kills.
"Rachel Braaten, Valerie Barribeau and Hailey Hilkert were really a force at the net for us tonight," said Coach Kalkofen.
to Three Lakes
The Goodman-Pembine Patriot girls took a loss to the Three Lakes volleyball team Tuesday night, dropping three sets 25-19, 25-11 and 25-16.
For the Patriots Rachel Braaten had three kills, three blocks and an ace while Hailey Hilkert posted four kills and a block. Madie McClain tagged on three aces.
"We started the night out strong but just couldn't keep the intensity going," said Goodman-Pembine Head Coach John Swick. "Three Lakes played a solid match and just handled the ball better than we did. Our girls have continued to get better and I am looking for bigger things for us in the second half of the season.
The Patriots will be back on the court Thursday where they will take on Laona/Wabeno.
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