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Crivitz Claims M&O Title with Win Over STAA

Tuesday evening the Crivitz Wolverines traveled to Marinette to take on the St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Cavaliers with a chance to win sole possession of the M&O Conference title. After a slow start in game one, the Wolverines found their stride, en route to a 3-0 sweep by scores of 25-12, 25-12 and 25-9.

STAA's Millie Benson got the Cavaliers off to a hot start on senior night. Benson's tough jump serves gave the Cavs a 5-0 lead. Crivitz's Taylor Kaldenberg recorded a tip kill to bring them back within 8-5, and the Wolverines found their stride. Morgan Gyger, Chloe Gruszynski and Emalee Johnsen all found the floor on the STAA side with kills to go up 9-8. Benson evened the score again with a hard shot for the Cavs and a 9-9 score, but a 7-0 run by the Wolverines proved to be too much to come back from. Following the 7-0 run, Crivitz put together another 9-3 run to end game one with a 25-12 score.

The Wolverines continued their hot streak into game two with precise serving from Kaldenberg and Annabelle Kosmecki to a 6-2 advantage. After a hit out of bounds, Cavalier Beth Paul brought STAA to within three, 7-4. Johnsen answered back for Crivitz with a laser spike and a 10-6 lead. Livia Benson once again brought the Cavaliers within striking distance with a well-placed bump to the back-left corner of the Wolverine defense. A tip kill from Crivitz got them the momentum they needed. The Wolverines reeled off a 4-0 for a 15-8 lead, stopped only by STAA's Benson with an accurate tip kill. Crivitz finished game two with a 10-4 run thanks to solid net attacks from Gruszynski and Gyger, on their way to a 25-12 win.

Game three looked to be a barn-burner as the teams struck back-and-forth. Gruszynski perfectly placed a tip kill just over STAA's Alexa Pristelski to tie the game at 4-4. Crivitz used the momentum for a 6-4 lead, but Benson again found a soft-spot in the defense to narrow the gap to 6-5. From there, it was all Crivitz. A 15-0 run put the final game away as the Wolverines opened a 21-5 lead. Gruszynski drilled the final point for Crivitz with a piercing spike to the back line and a 25-9 Wolverine win.

Gruszynski finished with five kills on the night, to go along with four digs and a block for Crivitz. Bemis led the team with 10 assists, Abby Barley paced the defense with 12 digs and added five aces.

STAA was led by Millie Benson with five aces, five kills, five assists and seven digs. Beth Paul pitched in with an ace, a kill and a dig, while Halle Beranek finished with five digs and two assists.



Peshtigo Takes Loss To Oconto

The Peshtigo Bulldog volleyball team suffered a three set loss to the visiting Oconto Blue Devils Thursday night 25-19, 25-19 and 27-25.

For the Bulldogs, Shae Tonn amassed nine kills, 15 digs and one ace. Madi Martin posted nine kills, five digs, four blocks and one assist. Emma Frederickson slapped down eight kills along with getting three digs and one ace. Danielle Lemke put up 27 assists while getting 12 digs and an ace.



Wausaukee Keeps Wins Cominguad took the trip south to Coleman to take on the Cougars, who they tore down for a three set win, 25-10, 25-19 and 25-18.

For the Rangers Kaelyn Schlies posted nine kills and two digs while Kylee Smith got six kills, six digs and three aces. Sirina Tyler had four aces and 16 digs.

Coleman was led by Annabelle Kotecki with seven kills and five digs. Brooklyn Seals posted four kills and eight digs while Kailey Klimek had three kills, two aces, two blocks and one assist.



Tigers Survive Cat Fight with Wildcats

The Gillett Tigers came out of Lena Thursday night with a five set win over the Wildcats. Gillett took that win by way of five hard fought sets, 22-25, 25-18, 20-25, 25-17 and 15-9.

The Tigers Faith Sorlie made the Wildcats pay with 10 kills, three assists, three blocks and 27 digs. Willow Pecha got nine kills, one ace and 14 digs while Grace Wickman posted seven kills and two blocks.

Lena was led by Ally Demmith with 10 kills, two blocks, four aces and eight digs. Brianna Sylvester got seven kills and one dig while Alyana Peterson posted five kills and one dig.



Three Lakes Wins In Three Over

Goodman/Pembine

The Three Lakes high school volleyball squad took a three set win over the Goodman/Pembine Patriots Thursday night, 25-10, 25-12 and 25-16.

Rachel Braaten had 4 aces, 6 kills and 2 blocks for there Patriots.

"The girls had a tough night tonight with some of them playing their last home game in Goodman," said John Swick. "Three Lakes is a good team and the did a great job mixing up their hitting angles with well placed tips. We struggled in our serving and serve receive and that kept us from getting anything going.

We will watch some film tomorrow and work to correct some issues and get ready to finish the season strong.

Heather Geib, Brandi Bousley and Katelyn Nelson all had solid performances as well."



Patriots Go the Distance with Cardinals

Tuesday evening the Goodman-Pembine Patriots traveled to Crandon to face the Cardinals in a Northern Lakes Conference showdown. The Patriots fell in game one 25-18, but took the next two games by scores of 25-16 and 25-22. Crandon edged Goodman-Pembine in game four 27-25 to force a decisive game five. Game five went right to the end as well, with the Patriots coming out on top 15-13.

"It was another slow start tonight with some serve receive issues that kept us out of system. I was proud of my girls for fighting back and continuing to bring pressure and extend points." Patriot coach John Swick added, "Crandon did a great job on their side of bring some tough balls back as well. Overall, we were able to fix some things with regard to positioning and communication that will help us moving forward."

Rachel Braaten paced the Patriots with solid net play, on her way to 15 blocks and 12 kills. Katelyn Nelson smashed 15 kills while Mackenna Hirte recorded nine blocks and three kills. Kirstyn Garner chipped in with five kils and Brandi Bousley had four kills and three aces.



Wausaukee Comes Away with Sweep of Suring

In one of their final conference matches of the season, the Wausaukee Rangers hosted the Suring Eagles Tuesday. Wausaukee ran away with game one by a score of 25-14, before sealing the deal in games two and three, 25-19 and 25-21.

Bella Manske and Courtney Messar raced to lead the Rangers in kills as Manske finished with 11 and Messar with 10. Messar took the crown in digs with 15 while Sirina Tyler was second with 14. Callie Orlando recorded 27 assists in the contest. Once again it was Messar leading the Rangers with four ace serves.

For Suring, Wylee VanBellinger and Steph Huth's four kills each led the team. Jazmine Chesterfield served up four aces and VanBellinger paced the Eagle defense with 18 digs. Jadyn Stuart recorded eight assits for Suring, tops on the team.



Bulldogs Sweep Blazers in Straight Sets

The Peshtigo Bulldogs struck early and often Tuesday evening as they traveled to take on the Green Bay NEW Lutheran Blazers in a Packerland Conference matchup. Peshtigo easily took game one by a score of 25-13, before NEW Lutheran made it close in game two, but the Bulldogs prevailed 25-22. In the final game of the night, Peshtigo closed out the Blazers by a score of 25-19 for a sweep.

Shae Tonn paced Peshtigo with 10 kills, Grace Wickman and Emma Frederickson each followed with five and Madi Martin added four. Danielle Lemke set up 24 assists, while Tonn again led the way with 14 digs. Wickman served up three aces and middle hitters Frederickson and Martin each recorded a block.



Wildcats Win Over Badgers

In a battle of two M&O Conference squads Tuesday night, the Lena Wildcats played host to the Niagara Badgers. Lena claimed the first two games with ease, 25-18 and 25-11, before Niagara clapped back and took game three, 25-18. The Wildcats regained their stride and finished the night with a game four win, 25-16.

Kaylee Huberty led the Lena net attack with eight kills, while it was Meckenna Portier who shut down the Badgers' offense with five block kills. Huberty also paced Lena with seven assists and Makayla Bushmaker added five. Kaitlyn Hodkiewicz's seven digs were tops on the Wildcats.

Niagara's Allison Wells and Jasmine Racine led the team in kills with ten and nine respectively. Cassie Gill walled off the net with four blocks. Abigail McCarthy set up the Badger hitters, on her way to 17 assists. Faith Borchert paced the defense with 20 digs.


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