Volleyball teams earn a mixed bag of results

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Cedar Grove-Belgium High School volleyball team took home silver in its home tournament last weekend.

The Rockets finished second behind Kewaskum in the five-team, round-robin invite.

“We had a very good weekend,” coach Sharon Stellwagen said.

The Rockets beat Kohler, 25-18, 25-7; Valders, 25-18, 25-23; and Kiel, 25-20, 16-25, 15-11. They lost to Kewaskum, 25-27, 25-22, 15-9.

“We’ve been toughened up with games of 15 points,” Stellwagen said of the rubber match sets in tournaments and five-set conference matches.

“Our players understand that when it comes to a match with 15 points, they’ve got to get going.”

She praised junior Tara Schmitz for “some great blocks, especially against Kiel and Kewaskum.”

Schmitz had three blocks against Kiel and five against Kewaskum.

The Rockets nearly pulled off a win over the Indians with a balanced attack.

Olivia Bahr had seven kills, and Alexis Bahr and Kahleah Knight each had five. Olivia Bahr had five blocks.

Payton Dodson had 20 digs, Katelyn Morris had 14 and Schmitz had 10. Lauren Morris had eight and Alexis Bahr had seven. Dodson had 15 assists.

“Payton served well again. Kate Morris is playing great defense and she was hitting very well,” Stellwagen said of the pair’s tournament’s performance.

The Rockets again regrouped after a Big East Conference loss on Thursday, a sweep by three-time defending state champ Howards Grove. The Tigers won, 25-4, 25-16, 25-9, in Cedar Grove.

Olivia Bahr had four kills. Dodson had 10 assists.

“They were on hyperdrive. I’ve never seen them have that fast of a pace of a match,” Stellwagen said. “The first match, 25-4 — we blinked and it was over.”

But her team has always bounced back to play well at weekend tournaments.

“They’re a group that can shake things off and move on, which is really nice, because otherwise our season would have been completely different after that Christian loss,” Stellwagen said, referring to a five-set loss Sept. 8 at Sheboygan Christian in which the Rockets had a 2-0 set lead and a lead late in the third before falling apart.

The Rockets hosted Ozaukee on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and host University School of Milwaukee on Thursday, Oct. 6, for senior night and competes in the Big East Conference meet Saturday, Oct. 8, in Appleton.

Port drops heartbreaker at WB West

Port Washington’s second loss in the North Shore Conference came in another five-set match on the road.

The Pirates last Thursday lost at West Bend West, 17-25, 25-19, 18-25, 28-26, 20-18.

Port’s Elyse Karrels had 19 kills, and Jennacy Wille had 17. Carolyn Lippe had nine, Rebecca Sepanic had seven and Lillian Mero had six. Karrels had nine blocks.

Lippe had 30 digs, Sydney Hoeft had 19 and Wille had 18. Hoeft had 57 assists, matching West’s Marie Abel’s total.

West’s Lindsay Sandleback had 23 kills, and Kylee Altendorf had 18.

Port bounced back with four wins at an Oostburg invite on Saturday. The Pirates beat Milwaukee King, 26-24, 25-11; Bonduel, 25-22, 25-17; Pacelli, 26-24, 25-21; and Oostburg, 25-16, 25-19.

Port, 4-2 in the NSC, hosted Hartford (6-0) on Tuesday, Oct. 4, hosts Cedarburg (1-5) on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and plays at Grafton (2-5) on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Grafton splits a pair of league matches

Grafton lost to Slinger, 25-17, 25-22, 22-25, 25-19, at home last Thursday, but the Hawks bounced back to beat Homestead, 25-21, 25-12, 25-27, 25-19, on the road on Monday.

Against the Highlanders, Ella Johnston-Fodor had 16 kills, Leah Maciejewski had nine and Avery Smith had eight. Kaitlin Muecke had 42 assists. Grace Viesselmann had 21 digs, Johnston-Fodor had 11 and Maciejewski had 10.

Coach Chad Tuszkiewicz praised Muecke for setting up a variety of hitters to create a more balanced attack.

While the Hawks didn’t give up against Slinger and took the match to four sets, they didn’t let Homestead back into the match and won it in four sets.

Grafton, 2-5 in the NSC and 17-10 overall, competes in a tourney at Waukesha North on Saturday, Oct. 8, and at Hartford on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

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