Peshtigo, Wausaukee Notch Tourney Opening Victories
The top two volleyball teams in the M-O Conference continued their success in the opening round of the WIAA playoffs Tuesday.
The runner-up team in the final league standings, Peshtigo, knocked off Gillett for the first time in three matches this season in a 25-19, 25-20 and 25-14 sweep in a Division 3 clash.
The victory sends the Bulldogs to top seed Oconto on Thursday in the regional semifinals.
Meanwhile conference champion Wausaukee rolled past Goodman 25-19, 25-20 and 25-8 in the D-4 opener. Seeded third in the region, the Rangers will hit the road for a trip to second seed Wabeno Thursday.
The regional finals in all divisions will be played on Saturday, October 22 at 7pm.
The sectional semifinals are slated for Thursday, October 27 at Fox Valley Lutheran for Division 2, Gillett for Division 3 and Florence (D-4).The finals will be held on October 29 in Little Chute (D-2), Edgar (D-3) and Ashwaubenon (D-4).
-Division 2 Results-
By Oconto Falls
It was one and done for the Marinette girls falling to top seed Oconto Falls 25-10, 25-15 and 25-10.
McKenna Larsen topped Oconto Falls (41-6) with 16 assists, 12 digs and 11 kills while Katelyn Malcheski registered 12 kills and 11 digs.
Marinette was paced by Macinzie Saunier with 4 kills, Carrie Knutson 2 kills and Melissa Huempfner 6 assists.
-Division 3 Results-
3-1 Net Victory
The talented Oconto Blue Devils defeated visiting Iola-Scandinavia 25-12, 25-17, 23-25 and 25-13 in the tournament opener.
Laken James collected 20 kills and 12 digs for the Blue Devils, Hannah Miller 38 assists and Selena Clark 9 kills.
Gillett In Opener
After coming up short to Gillett twice during conference play, the Bulldogs turned the tables in the tournament opener with a 25-19, 25-20 and 25-14 sweep.
What a match! The girls came out on fire right away. This was the perfect night to come out and play as we did, Peshtigo coach Lynn Tonn-Kostreva said. Weve been struggling mentally lately and the match really showed how much these girls believe in themselves, finally!
Taylor Romenesko registered 5 kills and 10 digs for Peshtigo, Paige Immel 4 kills, Abbi Frederickson 5 kills, Hannah Romenesko 3 spike kills and 12 digs, Shannen Ganter 7 assists, 6 aces and 5 digs, Allie Morris 9 assists, 8 digs and 3 aces, Sara Courtois 5 digs and Jennifer 4 digs.
The girls were playing on all cylinders, little to no mistakes were made. We missed only one serve...needed the victory especially after having lost to Gillett both matches. If we play like we did tonight, Oconto better be worried, coach Tonn-Kostreva added.
Kelsey Hischke had 19 digs and 3 spike kills for Gillett, Kathryn DeJung 11 assists, 4 spikes and 2 aces, Mel Meunier 10 assists and 3 digs, Missy Peterson 6 spikes and 3 aces, Alex Schmitz 4 spikes and 4 digs, Kara Brennan 4 spikes.
The Wolverines proved to be no match for Bonduel in a 25-13, 26-24 and 25-10 sweep.
Terra Moede had 13 kills for Bonduel, Christina Dobratz 7 aces and 6 kills while Abby Reinke chipped in with 21 assists.
Coleman Comes Up
Short In Opening Match
Coleman saw its season come to a disappointing at the hands of the Menominee Indian. The Cougars claimed their only victory in the second game 25-20 while Menominee Indian took the rest 25-18, 25-23 and 25-17.
Coleman rookie boss Caitlin OLeary commented on the loss... the girls left everything on the court and played well for being the underdog. I am disappointed that the season had to end, but encouraged by the effort.
Abby Bieber was all over the court for Coleman racking up 8 kills, 5 aces and 11 digs. Makenzie Sadowski held her own at the net with 12 kills and 3 aces, Lindsey Kerr 13 assists and 7 digs and Emily Fendryk 8 digs.
Abby was all over the floor tonight and played an outstanding match, OLeary continued. We put Fendryk in a new position to help give us an advantage, she adjusted to the new role and played well.
-Division 4 Results-
Goodman In 1st Round
Wausaukee punched its ticket to the next round Thursday with a sweep of Goodman 25-19, 25-20, 25-8.
Ashlie Zeutzius sparked the Rangers with 14 kills, Lauren Edlbeck 5 aces and 3 kills, Sara Wickman 9 kills, Kaylor DeLaet 16 assists and 2 aces and Julia Mavel 5 aces.
Destini Foliasson lead the Goodman attack with 3 aces, 9 digs and 4 kills, Hannah Millan 8 assists, Rachel Stankevich 6 kills, Mallory Garson 7 digs and Vieshea Grebin 2 blocks.
Gibraltar In 4
After posting a 25-22 victory in the first game, Lena dropped the second 24-26 before claiming the final two 25-11 and 26-24 over Gibraltar to move into the next round.
Vanessa Hanrahan was the top Lena netter with 12 kills, 41 digs and 5 aces, Elizabeth Salter 12 kills, 6 digs and 15 assists, Holley Blazek 12 kills, 7 digs, 12 assists and 7 aces and Kayla VanLanen paced the serving department with 10 aces.
Meg Swain posted 6 kills and 2 aces in the losing effort for Gibraltar. Anissa Olson chipped in with 5 kills, 4 digs and 2 aces and Ella Jacobs 3 kills, 2 digs, 3 assists and 3 aces.
Badgers Bumped Off
Playoff Trail In Four
Niagara saw an opening game win vanish over the final three games as Laona pocketed victories of 25-17, 25-21 and 25-23 to walk away with the match.
Niagara won the first game 25-12, but after that dominating performance was stunned by the outcome.
Maryellen Wagener lead the way for the Badgers with 24 kills and 21 digs, Corrina Shampo added 17 digs and 20 assists, Shelley Borchardt 20 digs and Delaney Wagener 3 kills and 6 digs.
The Cavalettes were just no match for Wabeno, which posted a playoff sweep 25-21, 25-17 and 27-25.
Even though the matches were close, STAA was never able to take that next step and saw its season come to an end.
We played extremely hard. I could not have been any happier with the effort and I wish the results were different because this was the best we have played in a long time, explained STAA coach Julie Chilcote.
Rachel Tandias turned in an outstanding performance for STAA netting 15 kills, 27 digs, 2 assists and 3 aces. Marlena Ryan chipped in with 9 kills and 6 digs, Emily Hogoboom 6 kills and 15 digs, Kelly Brofka 3 digs and 15 assists, Kristin Sorenson 6 digs and 5 assists and Mariel Brostowitz 11 digs.
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