CG-Belgium honors seniors with easy victory

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Cedar Grove-Belgium High School volleyball team celebrated senior night with a sweep over University School of Milwaukee last Thursday.

Senior setter Payton Dodson and senior hitter Alexis Bahr were honored.

“It means so much. I love this program,” Dodson said.

Now, she said, with youth teams starting in fifth and sixth grades, “it will just get better and better.”

“I love volleyball. It’s one of my favorite sports and I feel like when you come to practice it’s always going to be a good time,” Bahr said.

The Rockets had a good time against the Wildcats. They took leads of 12-4 in the first and second sets, winning both by scores of 25-14.

In the third, the Rockets pounced to a 17-4 lead before the Wildcats mounted a comeback, getting as close as 20-15.

But the Rockets prevailed, 25-17, to complete the sweep.

Bahr hit .500 with nine kills. Dodson had 22 assists and 11 digs.

The fast start set the tone for the match.

“We just knew that we had to come out strong. We had a lot of people here, so we were excited about that,” junior hitter Tara Schmitz said. “We’re normally not good at starting fast, so it was nice to get that going.”

Dodson said the homecoming week activities and loud crowd were a plus.

“I think it makes us better in a way because of the hype,” she said.

“I’ve got to give University School credit. They went after balls that most teams would not get back to you,” coach Sharon Stellwagen said.

“But we also did a nice job serving them where most of their balls couldn’t go right up to the setter.”

The Rockets have had tough Big East Conference losses this season, including a five-setter to Sheboygan Christian after blowing a two-set lead, but they always bounce back to perform well in Saturday tournaments.

“I think that when we play more, like on Saturday mornings, we just get in a groove and we’re able to stay in it,” Schmitz said.

“I think we all just have to remember to play and have fun in certain moments and to come together as a team. Our word this year is believe,” Dodson said.

The Rockets also turned the tables on one foe, beating Random Lake in five after falling behind two sets to none.

Stellwagen said her two seniors have been great leaders.

“They come ready to play. They’re positive,” she said.

“Payton can set pretty much from anywhere and she makes really good choices on who to give to for hitters. Alexis is kind of a flex hitter — middle, outside or right — which I think helps her because it keeps the variety.”

On Oct. 4, the Rockets swept Ozaukee, 25-13, 25-12, 25-10.

Olivia Bahr hit .591 with 14 kills. Dodson had 28 assists. Schmitz and Kate Morris each served four aces, and Morris had 14 digs.

In the Big East tournament in Appleton on Saturday, the Rocket beat Reedsville, 3-2; and lost to Manitowoc Lutheran, 3-1; and Random Lake, 3-0.

They play at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah on Thursday.

The Rockets earned a No. 7 seed in the Division 3 playoffs and host Williams Bay on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Ozaukee at the Big East Tournament beat Kohler, 2-1, and lost to Hilbert, Sheboygan Lutheran and Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, all by two-game sweeps.

Ozaukee got a 14 seed and plays at No. 3 seed the Prairie School on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Port drops another marathon match

Port Washington on Oct. 4 lost its third North Shore Conference match of the season, with all losses coming in five-set heartbreakers.

Hartford beat the Pirates, 17-25, 25-15, 15-25, 25-14, 15-12.

Elyse Karrels had 11 kills, Carolyn Lippe had 10 and Jennacy Wille had nine. Karrels had 10 blocks.

Wille had 25 digs, Lippe had 21, Sydney Hoeft had 16 and Ari Canseco had 14. Hoeft had 42 assists.

For Hartford, Joelle Melsheimer had 19 kills and Sloane Freitag had 15. Taylor Kutz had 45 assists.

Hartford went to 8-0 in the NSC, sealing the league title with only one conference match left. Whitefish Bay is 6-2, Slinger and West Bend East are 5-3 and Port is 4-3.

Port hosted Cedarburg (2-6) on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and plays at Grafton (2-5) on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Port earned a No. 4 seed in the Division 2 playoffs and hosts No. 13 Milwaukee Madison on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Grafton goes 2-3 in tourney

The young and rebuilding Black Hawks went 2-3 in a Waukesha North tournament on Saturday.

They swept Milwaukee Reagan and Milwaukee School of Excellence and got swept by Waukesha North, Greendale and River Valley.

Coach Chad Tuszkiewicz said the team came out flat but fought hard against Greendale in a 25-18, 25-23 loss.

The team served well — 95% — but is making errors typical of a young and upcoming squad, he said.

Tuszkiewicz praised sophomore middle blocker Amelia Werner.

“She had some solid swings for us,” he said.

Grafton got swept at Hartford on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and hosts Port Washington on Thursday, Oct. 13.

In the playoffs, the No. 5-seeded Hawks  host No. 12 Carmen Northwest on Tuesday, Oct. 18. If the seeds hold, Grafton plays at Port Washington on Thursday, Oct. 20.

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