The Fond du Lac girls volleyball team came close to earning its first FVA win under first-year head coach Kevin Santry, but a late Appleton East rally gave the Patriots a 24-26, 25-20, 23-25, 25-19, 18-16 win on Tuesday night.
A trio of juniors led Fondy’s attack. Brianna Wagner, a returning starter from last season, finished with 20 kills, Jenna Rosenthal had 14 and Kelsey Emerich had 10. The assists were split between Jenny Smit, who had 19, and Allison Duley’s 10.
Kyra Gravelle led the defensive effort with 31 digs and Rosenthal blocked three shots.
“The girls played hard, it just didn’t drop our way,” Fondy coach Kevin Santry said. “We have to work on some unforced errors, but the girls should be proud of the way they played.”
He said the Cardinals had a lead late in the fifth game, but East built up momentum and earned the victory.
Laconia 3, Ripon 0
The Spartans beat host Ripon 25-18, 25-7, 25-22.
Morgan Gunnink had 12 kills and Alex Wegner had 10 to lead the balanced attack for Laconia (5-4), and Haley Smith had 31 assists. Defensively, Cassie Isaac had 11 digs and Gunnink blocked five shots.
After an up and down weekend tournament, Laconia coach Troy Pluim was happy with his team’s performance.
“They were a lot more consistent. They played good ball tonight,” Pluim said of his team. “They didn’t give up a lot of runs; just played really well tonight.”
Berlin 3, WLA 0
Berlin beat the visiting Vikings 25-11, 25-14, 25-9.
Sarah Kell led WLA in aces with four. Holly Pamperin led the Vikings in digs with six and service aces with two.
Sammi Kraus had six assists.
“Berlin is a very strong, quick tempo-ed team with obvious expereince,” said WLA coach Rachel Meyer. “Our girls improved play since our first two games.”