Protagonist turns antagonist for CG-Belgium volleyball

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Cedar Grove-Belgium High School’s volleyball team saw a little of itself in Random Lake last Thursday.

The Rockets knew what it was like to blow a 2-0 lead in a five-set loss, and this time they were determined to play the opposite role.

The Rams won, 25-20 and 25-18, before the Rockets decided to play.

They remembered being up two sets to none against Sheboygan Christian and holding a 22-18 lead in the third before the Eagles came back. Now, it was the Rockets’ turn to flip the script.

“We learned a lot of lessons from having that loss to Christian, and it has paid off. Not that I wanted that loss at all, but it has really given the understanding that you keep fighting and anything can happen and we have to be ready to go,” coach Sharon Stellwagen said.

The Rockets came back from deficits of 14-11 and 23-22 to take the third set, 25-23. They won the fourth game, 25-20, and the fifth, 15-7.

“It was really quite special,” Stellwagen said of pulling out the third set. “That helped spark the next game and we really controlled the fifth game — we had a 10-5 lead they weren’t really able to recover,” Stellwagen said.

“Our word this season has been ‘believe.’ You guys can do this — if you put your mind to it, you can do it.”

Junior Katelyn Morris and sophomore Olivia Bahr each had 10 kills, with Bahr hitting .259. Senior Alexis Bahr and junior Tara Schmitz each had six. Senior setter Payton Dodson had six and sophomore Kahleah Knight had five, hitting .238.

Dodson served eight aces and had 37 assists, mixing passes to multiple hitters.

Morris had 25 digs, Dodson had 22 and Schmitz had 20. Josie Horn and Hannah Peterson each had 12, and Lauren Morris had 11.

Struggles early in the match came after beating the Rams, 25-18, 25-18, a week earlier in a Lomira tournament.

“We really were very off,” Stellwagen said, adding in the final three games “It was really so nice to see us just play the way I know we can play.”

The emotional win came two days after sweeping Sheboygan Lutheran.

Katelyn Morris had 10 kills, and Schmitz and Olivia Bahr each had nine, with Bahr hitting .500 and Schmitz .240. Alexis Bahr had seven kills.

Schmitz served five aces. Dodson had 11 digs and Olivia Bahr had nine. Lauren Morris had eight, and Katelyn Morris, Schmitz, Alexis Bahr and Peterson each had seven. Dodson had 32 assists.

“I was very proud because you cannot give them any kind of momentum shift, and we didn’t allow that. We really, really did a great job keeping the pressure on,” Stellwagen said, adding her team’s serve kept the Crusaders off balance.

The Rockets host three-time defending Division 3 state champ Howards Grove on Thursday, Sept. 29, host a tournament on Saturday, Oct. 1 and host Ozaukee on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Ozaukee seeks second win

Ozaukee lost to powerhouse Howards Grove, 25-9, 25-3, 25-6, at home on Sept. 20, and lost to Sheboygan Christian, 25-18, 25-17, 20-25 and 25-18 at home last Thursday.

The Warriors lost at least two matches in the Port Invite in Port Washington.

Ozaukee plays at Cedar Grove-Belgium on Tuesday, Oct, 4.

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