Blue Devils to Play in Sectional Semi-FinalIssue Date: October 31, 2019
Crandon at Oconto
OCONTO - The Oconto Blue Devils played host to the Brandon Cardinals in their second regional semifinal volleyball match last Thursday. You could tell that Oconto did their homework on the Cardinals as the Blue Devils made quick work of game one beating Brandon 25-11. In the second game, freshman Kate Bahrke put on a serving clinic, and gave Oconto a huge lead. It seemed as though everything that Oconto hit was kryptonite for the Cardinals. Oconto went on to sweep Brandon 25-12 in the second game, and 25-17 in the third. This win gives Oconto a 31-4 overall record and they go on to play St. Mary Catholic on Saturday the 26th.
Congratulations go to Oconto's Cora Behnke for swatting her 1000th kill of her career. After the game, Coach Bucheger awarded Behnke with a golden volleyball to signify her accomplishment.
Oconto's Individual Highlights:
Cora Behnke: 17 kills, `16 digs, 2 blocks
Kate Bahrke: 30 assists, 7 aces
Hannah Moe: 8 kills, 2 aces
Aubrey Bucheger: 20 digs, 3 assists, 5 aces
McKenna Seidl: 11 digs
Jenna Hornblad and Leah Allan combined for 12 kills and 8 digs
Pacelli at Crivitz
CRIVITZ - The Wolverines hosted the Pacelli Cardinals in their second regional semifinal varsity volleyball match last week Thursday. The Crivitz serving game was outstanding, with three Wolverines, Gruszyski, Gyger and Gun serving perfectly throughout this match. The Wolverines swept the Cardinals 25-11, 25-14, 25-19. The Wolverines will travel to Oshkosh on Saturday to take on the Oshkosh Lourdes Knights on Saturday the 26th.
Aces: Gyger 1, Nelsen 1, Guns 1
Kills: Gruszynski 9, Boesen 2, Gyger 6, Nelsen 2, Johnsen 11, Guns 4
Digs: Mueller 13, Gruszynski 12, Boesen 5, Gyger 19, Nelsen 5, Johnsen 2, Guns 14
Assists: Nelsen 30, Johnsen 1
Blocks: Gruszynski 1, Johnsen 3, Guns 1
Gillett at Bowler
BOWLER - The Gillett Tigers traveled to Bowler to take on the Panthers to play their regional semifinal varsity volleyball match. Grace Wickman was a power at the net with 12 kills, three blocks, and added 3 digs and two assists for Gillett. While Karissa Schaal lead the Tigers with 24 digs, and also had 8 kills and four aces. Sophie Horsens had 19 digs, 16 assists, seven aces and five kills in an all around great game. Annie Kohls gave Gillett 18 digs and two aces.
But the Tigers efforts fell short as the Panthers of Bowler clawed past the Tigers beating them 21-25, 27-25, 21-25, 25-23, and 15-9.
G 25-21, B 27-25, G 25-21, B 23-25, B 15-9
Aces: Koels 2, Umentum 3, Schaal 4, Anker 3, S. Horsens 7
Digs: Peterson 2, Kohls 18, A. DeBauch 6, Umentum 5, E. Horsens 3, Wickman 3, Schaal 23, Huebner 1, Anker 9, S. Horsens 19
Assists: A. DeBauch 1, Umentum 7, Wickman 2, Huebner 5, S. Horsens 16
Blocks: Wickman 3, Huebner 1
Kills: Peterson 1, A. DeBauch 5, E. Horsens 5, Wickman
Wausaukee at Wabeno/Laona
WABENO - The Wausaukee Rangers traveled to Wabeno to take on the Wabeno/Laona Rebels in a Division 3 playoff match.
The Rebels varsity volleyball team swept the Rangers 3-0. The scores went as follows: 25-13, 25-17, and 25-15. Wabeno's record is now 30-8. The Rebels travels to Three Lakes to take on the Bluejays on Saturday the 26th.
GRESHAM - The Suring Eagles traveled to Gresham to take on the Gresham Community Wildcats in a Division 3 girls varsity volleyball playoff match. The Eagles were definitely the underdogs of the match. The Wildcats swept the Eagles 25-17, 25-13 and 25-21.
Gresham Community 3
Crivitz at Oshkosh Lourdes
OSHKOSH - The Crivitz Wolverines started out slowly against the Knights, and had a hard time getting serves over the net, it seemed as though the Wolverines were a different team was serving, than who played against Pacelli two days earlier. Crivitz dropped the first game 14-25. In the second game, Crivitz started out a bit better, and kept up with and even lead Oshkosh Lourdes for most of the game, until the Knights pulled another win away from the Wolverines who lost the second game 22-25. In the third game, it was super tense. Both teams kept up with each other with the score staying pretty much tied up at the start. Then serves from Saige Nelson and Chloe Gruszynski gave Crivitz a nice 20-12 lead. After a Knight's timeout, the score got to be too close for comfort with Oshkosh coming back 18-22 though the Wolverines still had the lead. It seemed as though no matter who Nelson set up for the kill, Lourdes was always there to dig it up. Ultimately, the Wolverines were able to win the third game 25-20, avoiding a sweep and making the Knights play another game. In game four of the match, the gymnasium was even more tense than before, with the student sections of both teams cheering at each other. Crivitz was able to jump out to a quick 3-1 lead with Guns serving. Oshkosh Lourdes took that lead away with more scrappy play making the score 4-4 after some long rallies. The Knights' serving game gave them a 9-5 lead over the Wolverines. Crivitz seniors Gyger and Johnson were able to stifle the Wolverine deficit along with the play of Nelson and Gruszynski brought Crivitz back to a tie the Knights 14-14. With some Oshkosh errors the Wolverines were pumped up and back to a 18-16 lead. In nail-biting fashion, the Knights were able to tie the game up again 18-18. Then a couple of well placed sets and kills by Lourdes seniors Claire Chier and Raechel Russo gave the Knights the 20-18 lead. But once again, Crivitz was not giving up, and fought back to even it up again at 20-20. Even more rallies, as both teams were not backing down, as the score went up each team taking a point it was all of a sudden 23-21 Oshkosh. Coming in with some clutch serves was Wolverine, Chloe Gruszynski evening up the score and all of a sudden its 24 all! But the height of Oshkosh senior Chier, proved to be too much as she towered and helped the Knights win 26-24.
It was a heartbreaker for the Wolverines for sure, the Wolverine crowd cheered for their seniors to let them know how proud they were of them.
Crivitz moved to an overall record of 25-7 for the year.
Next up, the Knights face the Oconto Blue Devils in a sectional playoff game Halloween night.
Aces: Gruszynski 1, Boesen 2, Nelsen 1, Johnsen 2, Guns 2
Assists: Nelsen 35
Kills: Gruszynski 9, Boesen 1, Gyger 14, Johnsen 4, Guns 8
Blocks: Gyger 1, Johnsen 1, Guns 1
Digs: Mueller 10, Gruszynski 13, Boesen 4, Gyger 18, Nelsen 9, Johnsen 4, Guns 4
St. Mary Catholic at Oconto
OCONTO - The St. Mary Catholic Zephyrs traveled to Oconto to take on the Blue Devils in a Division 3 Tournament match. Over the last two years, the Zephyr have been the team that knocked the Blue Devils out of the playoffs. So Coach Bucheger would like to take care of business this year, and knock St. Mary Catholic out of the playoff for a change.
The Blue Devils did indeed take care of business Saturday night against the Zephyrs! Oconto (32-4) swept St. Mary Catholic 25-18, 25-23, and 25-22 claiming the regional title. Cora Behnke, Oconto's player of the game, had 16 kills and seven digs for Oconto. Aubree Bucheger added 29 digs, Hannah Moe had eight kills, Jenna Hornblad had seven kills and Kate Bahrke had 32 assists.
St. Mary Catholic 0
Oconto Individual Highlights
Cora Behnke: 16 kills, 7 digs, 1 ace, 9 points
Aubree Bucheger: 29 digs, 3 assists, 7 points
Hannah Moe: 8 kills, 2 aces, 2 blocks, 5 points
Jenna Hornblad: 7 kills, 4 digs,
Kate Bahrke: 32 assists, 6 digs, 1 kill, 8 points
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