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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 19:03

CG-Belgium, Ozaukee volleyball teams dig down to pull out match victories in Big East Conference play

The Cedar Grove-Belgium volleyball team came back to even its Big East Conference record at 1-1 last week.
After dropping a match, 3-0, to Hilbert, the host Rockets beat Sheboygan Lutheran, 18-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-9.
Amanda Meerdink had 12 kills. Amy TenHaken had 11 assists and one dig.
Megan Gonwa had eight digs and three aces. Jessica Rose had five digs and four aces. Maria Dries and two kills and four blocks.
“The first game was a slow start for us but we learned about ourselves and started to play more confidently in the second.  Our errors decreased, and we made it very hard to get points against us,” coach Chris Holzer said.
CGB VB s1083117485 4C“Sheboygan Lutheran is a good team with a tall front row who can put the ball away.  We had to make it difficult for them to attack in order to win, and thankfully we were able to do that in the second and third games.  Our girls really came together and fought for each point, and I am very proud of them for that.”
Holzer takes over as head coach after Tabitha Weavers retired.
Holzer was an assistant coach at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon for one year and the junior-varsity coach at Cedar Grove-Belgium for seven.
Holzer didn’t play high school volleyball because it was during his baseball season, but he said he often played at open gyms and club practices.
This year’s Rockets’ team is young, he said.

“I think our team is on the younger side but they can make up for inexperience with tenacity and determination.  This is a great group of girls, and I look forward to our year,” he said.
Four players return from last year’s team: Gonwa, Caitlin Soerens, Meerdink and Rose.
Meerdink and junior Allison Niebauer are the outside hitters.
Dries and sophomore Olivia Robertson are the middle hitters.
Right-side hitters include junior Makenna Ferber, Sorens and sophomore Maddie Sutryk.
Soerens, Madi Green and TenHaken are the Rockets’ setters.
Gonwa, Rose and junior Bailey Cooney are handling the back row.
“We will be a shorter team compared to most but hope to make up for that in defensive strength from our returning seniors,” Holzer said.
Warriors win thriller in five games
The Ozaukee volleyball team continued to play strong when it opened its Big East Conference schedule Aug. 29. Ozaukee needed all five games to earn a 3-2 win over visiting Reedsville.
The Warriors won the first set, 25-23, before Reedsville claimed the next two sets, 25-20 and 25-23, respectively.
Ozaukee rallied in the fourth set to post a 25-12 win and force the fifth set, which the Warriors claimed, 15-8.
“It is always nice to kick off the conference season the right way with a W,” Ozaukee coach Paul Jungbauer said.
“We did not play to our potential in the first three sets, but it is still a step forward for this program to win another hard-fought match.”
Ozaukee had 40 errors, according to Jungbauer, but the Warriors were able to overcome them and move to 1-0 in the conference.
“In order to compete in our next two conference matches, we will have to be more consistent on our attack and with our serve. We have put an emphasis in our last couple of practices on offensive efficiency,”  Jungbauer said.
A pair of seniors led the offense for the Warriors.
Emma Richards recorded nine kills and a pair of blocks while Caryn Hamm dished up 17 assists.
The Warriors have a couple of tough competitors in their next two matches.
On Thursday, Sept. 7, Ozaukee will host Manitowoc Lutheran. On Sept. 14, the Warriors travel to Howards Grove, the defending Division 3 state champion.
Matches start at 7 p.m.

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