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.GRAFTON’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.
“Over the weekend, we really meshed as a team,” 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.
“Kimmi is definitely the best hitter on our team. She’s playing real well,” Luedtke said.
Luedtke also singled out the performances of Amber Tanski, a senior outside hitter, and Amanda Hunt, a sophomore middle hitter.
“The big change on our team is defense and passing,” he said. “Charlotte Weaver, Gabby Dreskovic and Grace George — they just put in a solid effort.”
Luedtke said outside hitter Carrie Herian and setter Dani Carlson also add depth to the lineup.
“For Grafton, it’s kind of a confidence thing. I’m hoping some of the good play leads to some confidence,” Luedtke said.
“I think there’s a lot of potential on our team.”
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.