The Grafton High School volleyball team got its act together at the Fond du Lac Invitational last Saturday, and it carried over to a tournament Monday.
After posting a 2-3 match record in Fond du Lac, the Black Hawks went 4-0 at the Milwaukee Riverside Quadrangular.GRAFTONâ€™S Grace George (left) and Amber Tanski took a double-team approach in bumping the ball during a recent volleyball match. Photo by Sam Arendt
At the invitational, Grafton defeated Menasha, 2-0, and Denmark, 2-1, before losing to Hartford, 2-1, in a match coach Jarrod Luedtke said the Hawks should have won.
Grafton was then swept, 2-0, by Fond du Lac and Verona, 2-0, but Luedtke said one game against Verona, a state power, went to 27-25.
â€śOver the weekend, we really meshed as a team,â€ť Luedtke said.
The Hawks took that momentum to Riverside, where they scored 2-0 wins over the home team, Milwaukee Hamilton and Brown Deer and had a 2-1 victory over South Milwaukee.
The strong all-around play of senior outside hitter Kimmi Schacht sparked Grafton.
â€śKimmi is definitely the best hitter on our team. Sheâ€™s playing real well,â€ť Luedtke said.
Luedtke also singled out the performances of Amber Tanski, a senior outside hitter, and Amanda Hunt, a sophomore middle hitter.
â€śThe big change on our team is defense and passing,â€ť he said. â€śCharlotte Weaver, Gabby Dreskovic and Grace George â€” they just put in a solid effort.â€ť
Luedtke said outside hitter Carrie Herian and setter Dani Carlson also add depth to the lineup.
â€śFor Grafton, itâ€™s kind of a confidence thing. Iâ€™m hoping some of the good play leads to some confidence,â€ť Luedtke said.
â€śI think thereâ€™s a lot of potential on our team.â€ť
Through Monday, the Hawks were 9-8 overall and 0-2 in North Shore Conference matches.
This week, Grafton played Homestead on Tuesday and will participate in the Slinger Invitational on Saturday.
On Sept. 20, the Hawks will host Nicolet at 6:30 p.m.