Crivitz Sets Cruise Control in M&O
Thursday, the Marinette Marines played host to the Oconto Falls Panthers in a matchup of North Eastern Conference volleyball squads. By scores of 25-14, 25-15 and 25-10, the Panthers swept the Marines on their home court.
Maddie Mielke and Emma Erickson each recorded four kills to pace the Marine netters, while Brookelyn Peterson set those hitters up with 10 assists. Lily Pomplun led the defense with eight digs while Erickson added six and Ciara Grawey pitched in with five.
The Peshtigo Bulldogs took to the road Thursday as they played the Sevastopol Pioneers in a Packerland Conference showdown. Although all of the games were close, the Bulldogs lost to the Pioneers in four games, 25-21, 25-27, 24-26 and 17-25.
Shae Tonn piled up 16 kills on the night for the Bulldogs, Grace Wickman added nine and Emma Frederickson had five. Danielle Lemke recorded 34 assists, while Gabby Perry paced the defense with 31 digs. Madi Martin had two blocks on the night.
Flattened By Florence
The Goodman Pembine Patriots started strong but faltered as the Florence Bobcats came away with a four set win, 23-25, 25-10, 25-10 and 25-13.
Patriot Head Coach John Swick took time to make a special mention of one of his girls, "Rachel Braaten had a stand out performance with 11 kills, 13 blocks 2 aces and 2 assists, I couldn't be more pleased with the way we started this match and just came out with a lot of energy. My message to my girls before the match was simple. I wanted to see big smiles and big energy and they responded big time. As good as that first set was Florence is undefeated for a reason. They are well coached and regrouped nicely to finish the night. We had difficulties in our serve receive and just couldn't get anything going. We served very well and there are a lot of positives to take away from this match."
Brandi Bousley was solid with 3 kills and 3 aces. Katelyn Nelson also added 3 kills. Mackenna Hirte had 3 blocks as well.
Cavaliers in Four
Tuesday evening the St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Cavaliers played host to the Coleman Cougars in a matchup of M&O volleyball squads. Coleman cruised to a two games to zero lead with 25-14 and 25-18 leads. In game three, the Cavaliers stormed back, jumping out to a 16-9 lead. Continuing their momentum, STAA held on for the 25-23 win, forcing game four. Both teams battled to a 10-10 tie in the fourth game, but Coleman finished strong on a 15-5 run, for a 25-15 lead.
"It came back in the fourth," Coleman coach Christine Zielinski said of her team's communication. "It took a few points but it came back. In the first two games it was good, we got overconfident in the third, and it came back in the fourth."
Annabelle Kotecki led the Cougars with 13 kills and added seven digs. Brooklyn Seals recorded seven kills, seven aces and eight digs and Kailey Klimek had seven kills and three aces.
STAA was led by Millie Benson who had seven kills, nine assists and 14 digs. Alexa Pristelski pitched in with six kills and 16 digs and Halle Beranek had six assists and three aces.
The Cavaliers were stifled by injury and down to just five players, however statistician Lily Lefebvre stepped up to play. This was Lefebvre's first time playing volleyball and STAA co-coach Jamie Benson said, "They say a team is only as strong as their weakest link and Lily did not disappoint. I am so proud of her and this team. You could see the love they have for each other. This was the best game we've played all year."
Marinette Edged in
Battle of Cellar Dwellers
Two North Eastern Conference teams hungry for their first conference win faced off Tuesday night, as the Marinette Marines hosted the Waupaca Comets. Waupaca rallied back to win game one 25-22, but the Marines answered by winning the next two, 25-20 and 26-24. The Comets, with their backs against the wall, fought back from a 24-22 deficit to win game four 26-24. In the final game of the night, Waupaca won 15-11, winning the match three games to two.
Elcho Posts Win
The Goodman-Pembine Patriots fell to Elcho Tuesday night in three sets, 25-12, 29-27 and 25-23.
Rachel Braaten led the way for the Patriots with 15 kills, six blocks and three aces. Katelyn Nelson had five kills while Brandi Bousley posted three kills.
"We got off to a slow start but got into a better rhythm in the second set. Overall the girls played a good competitive match and I think we're getting better at the right time heading into the post season," said Patriot Head Coach John Swick. "We did a good job of extending points and just came up short against a good team. I was really pleased with how we bounced back and the girls really showed a lot of heart."
Win Over Tigers
The Niagara Badgers had their hands full with the Gillett Tigers Tuesday night as the two teams battled to the bitter end in every set. Niagara came away with the victory only after four sets, 25-20, 21-25, 28-26 and 25-23.
Niagara was led by Jasmine Racine with nine kills, one block, five assists, 10 digs and three aces.
Allison Wells, chipped in eight kills along with 10 digs and an ace while Cassie Gill got seven kills, six digs and one assist.
Gillett was led by the efforts of Faith Sorlie who slapper down 15 kill along with getting 16 digs and one ace. Willow Pecha posted eight kills, 19 digs, one assist and four aces.
Wolverines Stay on Top
With Win Over Lena
The Crivitz Wolverines kept their M&O league lead on end with a three set win over Lena 25-14, 25-20 and 25-16.
Morgen Gyger led the Wolverines with 10 kills, four digs, three blocks and two aces. Chloe Gruszynski posted six kills, three digs, two blocks and one ace. Emalee Johnsen had four kills and two blocks.
Lena's Meckenna Portier got three kills and one block while Brianna Sylvester two kills, five digs and one ace.
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