Bulldogs Enter Cougar
Den with Point to Prove
Trying to bounce back after a 3-0 loss is never easy, but Peshtigo Coach Robin Gilligan had her Bulldogs prepared Thursday night in Coleman. In a match of two one-loss teams, Peshtigo showed why they are considered one of the best in the M&O. The experience of players such as Ashley Dudka, Claire Neumann and Shae Tonn took over as the Bulldogs won, 25-16, 25-20, and 25-18.
"This is a huge win for us. We had a heart-to-heart about our mental toughness in practice yesterday and to see them working together, talking positive and smiling on the court, that's huge," Coach Gilligan said of the win.
Neumann started the night off with a powerful kill to give Peshtigo a 1-0 lead that really seemed to set the tone for the match. As the teams exchanged the lead in the early going, Dudka's strong serving helped create an edge for the Bulldogs. Dudka served five straight points, including two that ended in Shae Tonn kills, as Peshtigo built an 11-6 lead.
Coleman's Ashlee Mayer would not be denied as she slammed a spike to the floor bringing the Cougars back within three, 13-10. But back-to-back Neumann kills and a Danielle Lemke ace quickly pushed the lead up to 16-10, forcing a timeout from Cougar Coach Kim Henry. Out of the break, Annabelle Kotecki tried taking the momentum for the Cougars with a kill. This was hastily shut down as Megan Behnke recorded a back row kill and Madi Martin fired two straight aces giving Peshtigo a 19-11 lead.
Mayer blasted a back row shot that found hardwood to give the Cougars the side-out. Kotecki then made a diving dig attempt that led to a Bulldog hitting error and brought the score to 19-13. A service error ensued by Coleman that proved to be costly as Neumann went on her own service run. She served four straight times including two aces that brought the score to 24-13. The Cougars rattled off three straight points, but it wasn't enough as Peshtigo won the set 25-16.
Set two was a closely fought match. The Bulldogs built up a 5-2 lead early after a Cougar hitting error and a Behnke ace, but Coleman tacked on three consecutive points to tie it back up at 5-5. Neumann and Emma Frederickson each recorded an ace followed by a Tonn kill that pushed the lead back to 9-6 for Peshtigo. An ace from Brooklyn Seals helped Coleman tie the set at 11-11 before Mayer came up with a huge block to give the Cougars the lead, 12-11. However, Neumann fired a clutch kill to tie the score again before Peshtigo reeled off three straight points taking a 15-12 advantage.
Mariana Meissner delivered a much needed Cougar kill to bring Coleman within one, 19-18. The crafty leadership of senior setter Ashley Dudka shined on the next point. Off a teammate's pass, Dudka, with her momentum bringing her left, reached up with one hand tipping the ball right, behind her, and straight down for the Bulldog point. This would give Peshtigo the momentum as Dudka then served four straight times including two aces as the Bulldogs won the set 25-20.
"I know Ashley [Dudka] doesn't get all the hype because she's not a hitter but she can set the ball from anywhere and put it spot on. She is really an MVP-type of player." Gilligan said of her senior leader.
Peshtigo's hitters showed their prowess in the third set. With the score at 7-4 in favor of Peshtigo, the Bulldog hitters smashed five straight kills including one from Neumann, three straight from Tonn, and another from Frederickson. This gave Peshtigo a 12-4 lead. Coleman responded with four straight points of their own, but Dudka came up with another tip kill to stop their momentum.
"Claire [Neumann] is gaining a little more power on the ball and she had a few tonight that were pretty awesome. Shae [Tonn] was off to a rocky start but she's mentally tough, she doesn't let it get to her. I told her to adjust some things and she came around really well," stated Gilligan about her outside hitters.
Mayer took some frustration out on the ball as she rose up a few feet above the net and spiked the ball down to the back line with force, helping Coleman to bring the score to 17-14. Peshtigo's serving again took over the set as Neumann recorded two aces during her five-point run which gave the Bulldogs a 23-15 lead. Peshtigo went on to win the set 25-18, winning the match in a sweep, 3-0.
Ashlee Mayer finished with a strong performance of nine digs, seven kills, an assist and a block. Annabelle Kotecki also produced solid stats on the night with seven digs, two kills, and an ace. Brooklyn Seals recorded five digs, two kills and two aces for the Cougars.
Peshtigo's Shae Tonn played great at the net as she posted nine kills, along with 11 digs. Claire Neumann's seven aces were the best for the Bulldogs while she also piled up seven kills and 11 digs. Ashley Dudka's all-around performance led her to 19 assists, three digs, two kills, and two aces. Libero Megan Behnke led the way with 26 digs.
"Our back row players, passing was wonderful and without that we wouldn't be able to do what we're doing at the net. Megan [Behnke] is solid every day," Gilligan said.
Badgers Return Fire
after First Set Loss
The Oneida Nation Thunderhawks were first to strike in an M&O Conference volleyball showdown in Niagara last Thursday, securing the first set 27-25 before falling to the Badgers in three close sets 25-22, 25-21 and 25-17.
Niagara was led by the efforts of Sarah Nawn who bagged four aces, six kills, one block, an assist and nine digs. From behind the service line there was none better than Peyton Aderman who shocked the Thunderhawks with eight aces. She also did her part in the ace prevention game with 19 digs with one kill to boot. Ensuring their team had plenty of kill opportunities were Jasmine Racine and Abigail McCarthy who both added up 8 assists apiece.
Oneida's Jashon Killspotted led the Thunderhawks with four kills, four aces, five digs and 13 assists while Tia Moore chipped into the effort with six kills, five aces, two block and two assists. Mercedes Ackley added up five aces, 12 digs and one kill.
Suring Stays on Top
with Three Set
Win over Gillett
The Suring Eagles continue their unbeaten volleyball season with a three set win over the hosting Gillett Tigers 25-9, 25-22 and 25-21.
At the net, the Eagles were led by Katie Stegeman who posted 11 spike kills and two block kills. She also helped out with three digs and one ace. Nikki Niemann posted six spike kills and two block kills along with her seven digs, two aces and one assist. Courtney Heimerl had 12 digs and nine assists.
The Tigers' Willow Pecha put down seven kills and nine digs while Faith Sorlie posted three kills, one block, 13 digs and two assists. Victoria Loberger got five kills, one block, three digs and one assist.
STAA in Three
The Crivitz Wolverine volleyball squad sprinted to a three set win in Marinette over the hosting St. Thomas Aquinas Acadamey Cavaliers Thursday 25-13, 25-13 and 25-19.
For the Wolverines, Abby Barley scored nine kills, three aces and six digs while teammate Chloe Gruszynski scored six kills, five blocks, an ace and two digs. Virginia Popp tallied three kills, one block and a dig while Laken Ducaine and Taylor Bemis led in the assist column with 12 and 10 respectively. Ducaine also added a game high eight aces.
Millie Benson topped the Cavaliers with seven kills, one ace and 11 digs. Gabby Beranek posted 10 digs, one ace and one assist.
Niagara Tops Northland
The Niagara Badgers were able to exit the Northland Pines Volleyball Invitational with a 3-1 record while the Wausaukee Rangers were 2-2.
The Badgers defeated Goodman Pembine 25-22, 18-25 and 15-12. Then dropped a match to Northland Pines 10-25 and 21-25, but returned to beat Hurley 25-20 and 25-10 before beating Wausaukee 25-19, 24-26 and 16-14.
Wausaukee started the day with a win over Crandon 25-13, 25-15, but followed the win with a loss to Mercer 9-25 and 9-25 before taking down L'Anse 25-14 and 25-13. They ended the day with that loss to Niagara.
Wausaukee's net assault was led by Courtney Messar who piled up 23 kills on the day along with one block, 27 digs and 12 aces. Alexis Ranallo added up 22 kills, one block, 12 digs and seven aces while Callie Orlando posted 26 assists along with one kill and four aces.
Niagara's Jasmine Racine amassed 11 kills, one block, five digs, five aces and 16 assists. Alexandria Gill posted 11 kills, five blocks, two digs, two assists and four aces while Allison Wells got nine kills and 19 digs. Peyton Aderman was best from behind the service line, bagging 13 aces on the day along with her 66 digs and three kills.
In a matchup of two M&O teams, Wausaukee played host to Lena Thursday night. The Rangers gave the Wildcats all they could handle on their way to a victory in straight sets, 25-15, 25-21, and 25-14.
Lena's Ally Demmith completed a solid all-around performance as she led the team with six kills, two aces and four digs. Brooke Peterson pitched in with five kills and Kendra Slempkes recorded a team-high 14 assists.
Alexis Ranallo's nine kills narrowly edged out teammate Courtney Messar's eight kills for the team lead for Wausaukee. Messar also recorded four aces and ten digs which were best for the Rangers. Callie Orlando paced the Rangers with 14 assists.
Tigers Caged in
The Bulldogs of Peshtigo defended their home-court Tuesday evening as the Gillett Tigers came to town. Peshtigo cruised to a 3-0 sweep of Gillett by scores of 25-17, 25-20, and 25-14.
Ashley Dudka recorded yet another solid game for the Bulldogs as her 14 assists and 4 aces led the team, while she also added 4 digs, a kill and a block. Shae Tonn paced Peshtigo's attack with 8 kills and also piled up 7 digs. Megan Behnke's 10 digs led the Bulldog defense.
Myranda Pratsch of Gillett recorded 9 digs to lead the Tigers while Willow Pecha added 8 digs. Victoria Loberger's 4 kills and 5 blocks were best on the team and Erin Balthazor pitched in with 3 kills. Megan Wolfe had 7 assists for Gillett.
Cougars Take Care
The Coleman Cougars bounced back from a setback on Thursday with a 3-1 win over the St. Thomas Aquinas Cavaliers. With scores of 25-19, 25-12, 24-26, and 25-15, the Cougars received a solid team performance.
Coleman's Ashlee Mayer continued her well rounded season with a team-high 10 kills, 4 digs, 4 assists, an ace and a block. Brooklyn Seals led the defense with 14 digs and highlighted the serving with 6 aces while adding 4 kills. Annabelle Kotecki had 10 digs, 6 kills, 2 aces and an assist. Clara Yoap pitched in with 2 aces, 5 digs and led the team with 10 assists.
STAA was paced in kills by Millie Benson with 7 and Michelle Kallestad with 3. Jacqueline Sporie led the Cavs with 8 assists while Halle Beranek had 5. Gabby Beranek's 13 digs led the team with Benson close behind at 10. Three Cavs recorded 3 aces a piece including Kallestad, Benson and Halle Beranek.
Wolverines Put a Quick
End to Oneida's Night
The Crivitz Wolverines were quick and deadly in their M&O Conference match with the Oneida Nation Thunderhawks Tuesday evening, wasting little time on their way to a three set win 25-17, 25-15, 25-13.
The Wolverine outside sharpshooters were on target all game as they helped to build large insurmountable leads. Along with the Wolverine middle blockers who were there to quell and Thunderhawk returns.
"Our girls did a good job tonight", said Crivitz Head Coach Molly Meyers. "We started a bit slow but then had some dips in there we would like to get rid of. The outside hitters did well at finding open holes but Oneida is a scrappy team that didn't let us have those points easily."
The net assault was led by Talor Long with six kills. At the service line Taylor Bemis pounded out two aces while also getting a dig and 8 assists. Laken Ducaine ensured her hitters had plenty of opportunities setting up 12 assists. Abby Barley also played an important role in the win with three blocks, three kills and four.
Jashon Killspotted topped the Thunderhawk charts with four kills, two aces, two digs and seven assists. Laiyah Lee posted three kills, one ace, two digs, four assists. Mercedes Ackley had one kills, two aces and nine digs.
Rangers Bury Badgers
in Three Set Win
The Niagara Badgers hosted the Wausaukee Rangers Tuesday night, falling in three to the invading Rangers 25-20, 25-18 and 25-21.
For the Rangers Alexis Ranallo was a point machine, attempting 22 serves she aced eight. She led the net attack with 16 kills while also getting a dig. Courtney Messar had one ace, 8 kills and four digs. Bella Manske posted five kills while Callie Orlando had 13 assist and one kill.
Niagara's Alexandria Gill had six kills and four digs. Peyton Aderman posted three aces, one assist and 29 digs. while Allsion Wells bagged four kills and 13 digs.
Northern Lakes Volleyball
Rebels Prove Too
Tough for Patriots
Thursday evening the Goodman-Pembine Patriots hosted the Laona-Wabeno Rebels in a Northern Lakes volleyball matchup. The Rebels showed just how good they can be by winning the match in a sweep, 25-8, 25-13 and 25-19.
"We knew going in this was going to be a tough match and Laona-Wabeno came in as advertised. We just got outplayed by a very good team," said Patriot Coach John Swick. "To our credit, we extended a lot of points and at times the sets seemed closer than the score would indicate."
Rachel Braaten finished with four kills and four blocks to lead the Patriots at the net. Valerie Barribeau also tallied four kills to go along with an ace.
"Our junior setter Kirstyn Gardner played a solid all around match and Harlee Davis and Heather Geib provided some much needed spark off the bench," Swick stated.
Strong Start Not
Enough for Patriots
Goodman-Pembine opened strong at home against Florence Tuesday night, but the Bobcats finished stronger. After taking the first set 25-19, the Patriots surrendered the next three sets suffering a 3-1 defeat, 25-8, 25-15, 25-16.
"We came out strong and took the first set, but Florence really took control in the second set and we just couldn't recover," Patriot Coach John Swick stated. "I think we have shown a lot of growth and are really coming together as a team at the right time.
Valerie Barribeau and Rachel Braaten led the Patriots in kills with three each. Hailey Hilkert added two kills along with three blocks. Braaten's five aces led the team with Kirstyn Gardner close behind with four.
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