Area Teams Start Conference Play

Bulldogs Compete in
Wisconsin Dells
Volleyball Tournament

Peshtigo won two of seven volleyball matches over the weekend in Wisconsin Dells.
The Bulldogs started off taking two of three from Sheboygan South on Friday morning. After a 13-25 defeat, they rallied to win 25-17 and 25-10.
Lake Mills then beat Peshtigo 25-23 and 25-8 and Kewaskum won 25-12 and 25-21 over the Bulldogs.
Peshtigo got back to .500 for the weekend with a three-set win over Oshkosh North on Friday, 25-15, 22-25, 15-7.
Saturday morning started with a loss to Shawano by 20-25 and 10-25 tallies and Sheboygan North topped Peshtigo in three sets to wrap up pool play: 25-12, 22-25, 15-10.
Fall River bested the Bulldogs by scores of 25-15 and 25-20 to wrap up the weekend.
“We were tested by some very strong teams. Learned a lot about strengths and weaknesses. Need to find consistency in play,” Peshtigo coach Jenny Martin said. “We have very few players with varsity experience. Hopefully that consistency will come through as we gain experience throughout the season.”

Crivitz Takes
Win Over Coleman
and Wausaukee

Crivitz beat Coleman and Gillett at a Wolverines home triangular on Thursday, including a four-set win over the Cougars.
The Wolverines beat Coleman 25-18 in the first set before a Coleman bounceback in set two, 25-17. The next two sets finished 25-15 and 25-16 in favor of the hosts.
Against Gillett, the Wolverines won all three sets: 25-15, 25-11, and 25-19.
Coleman beat Gillett in three sets: 25-15, 25-11, and 25-19.
Over the course of the two matches, the Wolverines’ Maddy Welty had a team-high 16 kills, followed by 13 from Kiya Brand, 12 by Megan Pusick, 11 by Tayah Werner, and 10 from Hayden Ott.
Lilli Watson led the team with 14 digs and Welty had a team-best three blocks.
Hattie Frievalt led the team in assists with 27 and aces with 10.
Brandt had 18 assists and four aces.
Aliyah Breuninger had 21 assists and five aces for Coleman. Vivian Kostreva had 11 kills and five blocks.
Alayna Gilbertson had four aces. Skylar Broderick had 18 assists, six kills, and four aces.
Alyssa Hoida had five aces, including four against Gillett.

Lena Defeats
Niagara in 3 Sets

Niagara split with Oneida Nation and Lena on Thursday, defeating Oneida in three sets but falling to Lena in three.
The Badgers beat Oneida 25-11, 25-10, and 25-18, with 14 aces helping Niagara to a win. Coach Maryellen Allred also complementing the Badger front line of Mallory Sanicki and Emma Brasure.
Lena would present a stiff challenge, however, winning in sets of 25-22, 25-22, and 25-20.
“Lena out-hustled us and took us in three hard-fought sets,” Allred said. “When it comes down to it, we are young and at times, leadership is lacking. Our passing in serve receive needs to improve so we are able to show our strengths.”
Raegan Frappier had a team-high 17 assists, 15 digs, and eight aces. She had seven kills as well.
Rachael Walker’s eight kills tied Sanicki for a team-best. Sanicki had six digs and six aces. Emma Broullire had seven kills, eight digs, and two blocks.
Elesia Sweig had five aces, 13 assists, and six digs.
“I have faith that we can push through these inconsistencies and play to our potential,” Allred said.

Oconto Falls Places
3rd at Beast of the
Northeast Tourney

Oconto Falls took third in the Beast of the Northeast Volleyball Tournament in Appleton over the weekend.
The tournament, which consisted of two days and 31 teams, was hosted by Notre Dame Academy at the Champions Center in Appleton.
Of four teams in their pool, Oconto Falls beat Pulaski and Aquinas before a defeat to Edgewood.
On Saturday, the Panthers defeated Kaukauna and Freedom in their crossover bracket to earn a space in the top four gold bracket. They were beaten by Holmen in their tournament conclusion.
“It was a great start to the season. We will continue to grow and get better,” Panther coach Rochell Otto said. “There were a lot of positive takeaways from this weekend and a lot of things to learn from. Looking forward to seeing this team grow as a unit and a team.”
Over the course of the tournament, Izzy Otto had 64 assists, 28 digs, and six aces and Morgan Moynihan had 39 assists with 27 digs.
Amber Otto led the team with 61 kills, 33 digs, and eight aces. Lucy Ripley had 38 kills and eight blocks and Bailey Gorman added 12 kills.
Kyndra Staidl’s 55 digs were a Panther-best and she had seven aces. Hailyn St. Louis added eight aces.

Panthers Start Season
at Battle of the
Valley Tournament

The Oconto Falls volleyball season opened Tuesday, Aug. 22 with four games against Xavier, Howards Grove, Fox Valley Lutheran, and Randolph.
Playing in the Battle of the Valley in Xavier, the Panthers were beaten by Howards Grove, FVL, and Xavier before picking up their inaugural win of the season against Randolph.
Morgan Moynihan had 35 assists and 16 digs on the night, both team-bests. Izzy Otto had 26 assists and 10 digs, Amber Otto had 24 kills, 15 digs, and six aces, and Kyndra Staidl had 39 digs.
Lucy Ripley had 14 kills and six blocks and Bailey Gorman added 13 kills.

Wausaukee Defeats
STAA, Drops Match
to Suring

Wausaukee experienced the high of beating Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy 3-0 on Thursday but was beaten in three sets by Suring as well.
Wausaukee beat STAA 25-17, 25-9, and 25-16 but lost 25-20, 25-20, and 25-18 against Suring.
The Rangers’ Melody Schaal led the team with 39 digs over two games, including 25 against Suring. Jessica Luccarini had 10 assists in each match and Katelyn Luccarini’s 11 total kills led the team.
Ashley Krummel excelled at the service line against STAA, posting eight aces. Jessica Luccarini had five in the match as the Rangers dropped in 20 aces in the match.

Badgers Take 3 or 4
Sets From Cougars

Last year’s top two M&O Conference volleyball finishers battled early in the 2023 season when Niagara and Coleman met on the court Tuesday. The back-to-back-to-back champions Niagara came away with the win.
Coleman won the first set 25-21, with Niagara coach Maryellen Allred mentioning “inconsistencies” in the front row that led to the set one loss.
“The next three sets we made sure to utilize our front line,” Allred said.
Mallory Sanicki had seven kills and Emma Broullire had five kills and four blocks as the Badgers won 25-14, 25-15, and 25-22 over the next three sets.
“The girls really pushed themselves to be prepared for the unexpected,” Allred said. “We truly played well in all areas of the game, and I am proud of the hustle and determination this group had tonight.”
Raegan Frappier had nine service aces and seven assists, Elesia Sweig had eight assists, and Emma Brasure led the team with 12 digs.
Coleman was balanced in attack, with eight players recording at least one attack kill, but none with more than three. Vivian Kostreva had three attack kills and five block kills.
Skylar Broderick recorded a team-high six assists and Alyssa Hoida had three aces. Annabell Markiewicz led with 10 digs.

Eagles Beat
Wolverines in Five Sets

Suring beat Crivitz in five hard-fought sets on Tuesday, including three straight to end the night.
The Eagles lost the first two sets by scores of 25-21, but they fought back to clip the Wolverines 25-23 and 26-24 in the next two sets. With all the momentum behind them, the Eagles took the fifth set 15-7.
For Crivitz, Maddy Welty had a team-high 10 kills and Tayah Werner had seven. Lilli Watson had seven digs and Hattie Frievalt led the way with eight assists and three aces.
Taryn Tracy’s two blocks were a Wolverine-best.

Marquette Hands
Menominee Straight
Set Loss

Menominee was beaten in three sets against Marquette on Tuesday.
The Maroons opened the season with a three-set loss to Bark River-Harris on Aug. 22 then beat Gladstone in five sets on Aug. 24, including a 15-13 win in set five.
Menominee dropped to 1-2 with a three-set loss to Marquette, 25-17, 25-15, and 25-13, but Menominee coach Sara Betzinger felt the match was competitive.
“The scores don’t reflect how close the games really were,” she said, adding that the team still needs to gel and adjust to playing together. Their next chance to do that will come against Escanaba at home on Thursday, where they’ll hope to build off some of the good things the coaches saw Tuesday.
“The bright spots that I saw, we had the streaks, we had a lot of hustle. The kids were running six, 10 feet off the court and pulling it back into play, slamming it down. I’m happy with all of that,” Betzinger said.

Wildcats Top Tigers
in Four Sets

After losing set one to Gillett on Tuesday, Lena won three straight sets to take the match.
The Wildcats fell 25-20 in the opening tilt but took the next one 25-23, then dominated sets three and four, 25-11 and 25-13.
Kenzie Vorpahl had all 13 of Lena’s assists and aces were a big part of Lena’s game, with 21 for the match. Eva Brooks had five and Peyton Dorow had nine. Brooks had four kills and two block kills.



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