Zeutzius Nets 27 Kills In 3-1 Win Over Peshtigo
They are back in the lead!
Sparked by a great individual performance from senior spiker Ashlie Zeutzius, the defending M-O champion Wausaukee Rangers (12-2) regained their crown status by taking care of Peshtigo (11-3) in a four game match Tuesday.
The Rangers, who graduated quite a few seniors from last years title team, did not disappoint their backers in a key clash with the up and coming Bulldogs. Owning a game lead heading into the final conference clash, coach Tom Pleyte's crew needs to win both games at their home triangular to clinch the conference title for the second straight year and the 3rd time in four years.
Peshtigo, which shows plenty of promise with a lineup featuring mostly underclassmen, had a hard time containing the M-Os best outside hitter in both league losses to the Rangers. The Bulldogs will travel to the Crivitz triangular to face the Wolverines and Gillett for their final conference games of the season.
For the rest of the M-O Conference, Crivitz served as the upset specialist Tuesday, with a surprising 3-1 victory over Gillett. With the win Crivitz improves to 6-8 while the Tigers dropped to 9-5. Gillett will get a shot at redemption on Thursday as they load the buses for Crivitz. The final contest of the night saw STAA beat Lena in the battle of the bottom teams.
A look at the upcoming schedule has Coleman and STAA being entertained by Suring, Lena and Niagara head to Wausaukee while Gillett and Peshtigo travel to Crivitz.
Thursday will be final round of play in the M-O with the WIAA regionals beginning on Tuesday, October 18.
Wausaukee Improves To
12-2, Gains M-O Lead
With Win Over Peshtigo
After blowing the opening game of the season and sitting behind Peshtigo for a good portion of the league play, Wausaukee has finally made its way back to the top of the M-O loop. The Rangers hold a game lead over Peshtigo, after winning 25-20, 25-12, 21-25 and 25-13.
Wausaukee did it to us again and we even changed our lineup a bit to be stronger on defense. The change seemed to help us come out and play with more enthusiasm than we usually do in the first game, explained Peshtigo coach Lynn Kostreva. I dont think the change helped us like we thought it would because Zeutzius, their big hitter, figured it out and had no trouble putting the ball where we werent.
Speaking of the best player in the conference, Zeutzius burned the Bulldogs for an unbelievable 27 kills, including 23 spikes and 4 blocks. Sara Wickman balanced the Rangers highly touted attack with 17 kills and an ace, Kaylor DeLaet 26 assists, Stevie Oldenburg 5 kills, 4 assists and 2 aces and Charleen Fick 2 aces, 2 kills and 2 assists.
Shannen Ganter paced the second place Bulldogs with 6 kills, 6 digs, 10 assists and an ace, Hannah Romenesko chipped in with 6 kills and 6 aces, Taylor Romenesko 7 kills and 6 digs, Allie Morris 7 assists, and Paige Immel 7 kills and 2 digs.
Both the jayvee and freshman squad for Peshtigo swept their contests.
Niagara Claims Tight
Victory From Coleman
Niagara captured a hard earned M-O victory by beating Coleman 31-29, 25-21, 16-25 and 25-20.
Niagara coach Carol St. Arnauld watched her group of Badgers improve each game this year as their record jumped to .500 in the conference.
Maryellen Wagener had another stellar performance with 22 kills and 10 digs, Corrina Shampo posted 6 kills, 7 digs and 15 assists, Paige Lindlbauer 16 digs, Danielle Bennett 15 assists, and Kaitlyn Lundin 7 kills and 6 digs.
Makenzie Sadowski topped the Cougars with 14 kills, Lindsey Kerr added 14 assists, Abby Bieber 11digs and Sam Schaal 4 aces.
Niagara claimed two out of three jayvee games, 25-20, 25-14 and 27-29.
Crivitz Hands Gillett
5th M-O Setback
The Wolverines, playing the upset role, handed Gillett its 5th conference loss in a 3-1 victory. Gillett claimed the first game 25-23 before Crivitz netted the final three 25-19, 25-22 and 25-20.
Senior Abby Fischer was a dominating force at the net, pocketing 17 kills, 7 digs and an ace, Star Batten netted 10 kills, 2 digs and 5 aces, Jen Kempka 18 assists, Val Bevier 7 kills and 8 digs and Miranda Beaudry 7 digs.
Kathryn DeJung sparked Gillett with 5 kills, 12 assists, 3 digs and an ace, Missy Peterson 5 aces, Amanda Kohls 10 kills and 2 aces, Kelsey Hischke 17 digs and Mel Meunier 9 assists and 2 aces.
STAA Gets Back
On Winning Track
STAA got back on the winning track with a 3-1 win over Lena 25-19, 25-18, 9-25 and 25-15. Having faced some major adversity, the Cavalettes improved to record to 4-10 while Lena dropped to 1-13.
Talented Rachel Tandias led the Cavalettes with 8 kills, 18 digs and 1 aces. Emily Hogoboom added 4 kills, 11 digs and 3 aces, Kelly Brofka 8 assists and Kristin Sorenson 7 assists.
Lena had some brilliant dig performances from Megan Rouer (36), Alisha Kocken (28) and Carley Shavlik (25). Shavlik netted 12 kills and 2 aces, Jenna Henrichs 14 kills and 6 digs, Melina Svejda 7 kills and Melissa Bushmaker 4 kills, and 9 digs.
Peshtigo Bounces Back
From First Game Loss,
Cruises To 3-1 Victory
After suffering a first game 25-17 setback, Peshtigo found its groove and ripped off three straight wins during pink-out, breast cancer awareness and senior night. The Bulldogs posted winning scores of 25-17, 25-22 and 25-17.
Once again, we started out struggling, but after the first game things started to turn around for us. We were covering a lot of floor and communicating much better in the final three games, commented Peshtigo coach Lynn Kostreva.
The juniors drove the Bulldog wagon as Shannen Ganter netted 13 kills, 2 aces, 7 digs and 11 assists. Taylor Romenesko chipped in with 11 kills, 9 digs and an ace, Jen Harris 3 aces, Abbi Frederickson 9 kills and senior Sara Courtois 5 aces and 5 digs.
Abbi Fischer sparked Crivitz with 10 kills, 4 digs and 4 aces, Val Bevier added 9 kills, Jen Kempka 6 digs and 20 assists, Erin Doolittle 5 kills, 7 digs and 2 aces and Star Batten 5 kills.
Peshtigo completed the sweep of Crivitz as the freshman and jayvee teams won all three of their games.
Wausaukee Rolls Over
STAA In Four Games
Wausaukee looked like a force to be reckoned with belting STAA 3-1 in M-O Conference action. The Rangers dominated the mismatch 25-8, 19-25, 25-18 and 25-10.
Wausaukee senior Ashlie Zeutzius was unbelievable at the net with 26 kills while adding 2 aces. Fellow hitter, Sara Wickman cleaned up for 16 kills, Kaylor DeLaet 34 assists, and Crystal Clark 4 aces.
Rachel Tandias ignited the Cavalettes with 8 kills, 21 digs and 2 aces, Emily Hogoboom 8 digs and 6 kills, Beth Miller 7 digs, Lily Duffrin 3 kills and 2 aces, Kelly Brofka and Kristin Sorenson 8 assists each.
Wausaukee took two out of three games from STAA in the jayvee match, 25-23, 25-20 and 28-26.
Niagara Slips Past
Suring In Tight Match
In the most competitive match of the night, Niagara squeaked past Suring 3-1. Suring captured the first game 26-24 before the Badgers won the final three games, 26-24, 26-24 and 25-18.
Maryellen Wagener continued her consistent play for Niagara with 20 kills and 16 digs, Corrina Shampo 26 assists, 13 digs and 7 kills, Delaney Wagener 10 kills and 7 digs, Melinda MacDonald 8 kills and 9 digs, and Danielle Bennett 6 kills, 6 digs and 12 assists.
Suring was led by Calley Vanbellinger with 19 kills and 19 digs, Stormy Gerndt 9 kills and 7 digs, Kristin Kresse 15 digs and 3 aces, and Karissa Kopiske 14 digs and 3 aces.
Wildcats In Sweep
Coleman broomed Lena 25-12, 25-16 and 25-13 for its 8th M-O win of the season.
The Cougars were ignited by Abby Biebers 6 kill and 8 dig performance. Sammy Schaal netted 6 aces, Lindsey Kerr 13 assists, Makenzie Sadowski and Raena Chucka a block each.
Jenna Henrichs tallied 4 kills for Lena, Holly Blazek 3 kills, Carley Shavlik an ace and Vanessa Hanrahan 2 kills.
Sweep Of STAA
In a makeup game from Thursday, Crivitz leveled the Cavalettes in a sweep....25-21, 25-21 and 25-17.
Abbi Fischer was the top netter for the winners with 17 kills and 2 aces, Jen Kempka 16 assists, Star Batten 12 kills and 3 aces and Anna Tomaszewski 10 digs.
Rachel Tandias pocketed 12 kills, 21 digs and 2 aces despite the loss. Emily Hogoboom added 6 kills, 14 digs and 2 aces, Beth Miller 12 digs, and Kelly Brofka 15 assists and a pair of aces.
Crivitz Struggles At
Oconto Falls Invite
It was not a good day for Crivitz coach Irene Bauer and her young group of Wolverines at the Oconto Falls Invite Saturday, posting a 1-14 mark. In defense of Crivitz, the tournament talent was at a very high level.
The Wolverines posted their only win against Marinette 25-22 while losing two games to Chilton (25-14, 25-8), Oconto Falls (25-17, 25-6), Hilbert (25-14, 25-23), Fox Valley Lutheran (25-7, 25-10), N.E.W Lutheran (25-16, 25-19), Winneconne (25-10, 25-16) and the Marines (25-9, 15-13).
Abbi Fischer racked up 31 kills, 8 digs, an assist and 9 aces in the day long meet. Erin Doolittle added 16 kills, 22 digs and 3 aces, Jen Kempka 44 assists and 12 aces, Val Bevier 19 kills and 15 digs, and Star Batten 15 kills.
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