Merrill inches closer to outright WVC title

Merrill inches closer to outright WVC title

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Merrill inches closer to outright WVC title

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MARSHFIELD – The Merrill volleyball team took another step towards wrapping up the Wisconsin Valley Conference championship with three wins Saturday at the second WVC tournament.

All that stands in the way of the Bluejays keeping the title to themselves is a match at Wausau East on Thursday.

Merrill won swept Wausau East, D.C. Everest and Stevens Point Area Senior High to improve to 10-1 in the Valley.

“This was a good day for us,” Merrill coach Stephanie Nelson said. “Our passing once again was great and the girls have been doing a much better job in the past week with reading the other team and getting to some really tough balls.

“Offensively, we tipped a lot, which isn’t our normal game, but the other teams were trying to shut down Renee (Sladek) by putting up a big block, so tipping was a smartest option,” Nelson added.

Even with the extra attention, Sladek finished the day with 35 kills, while setter Lindsey Krueger had 49 assists and Bri Piepenbrok finished with 31 digs.

Wausau East went 2-1 on the day, beating Wisconsin Rapids and D.C. Everest in straits, but falling to the Bluejays.

“We improved ourselves in the conference standings and we’re right in the middle now,” said East coach Ken Zoromski, whose team began the day at 3-4 and jumped to 5-5. “We were on a bit of a losing streak and it was nice to break that today.”

Hailey Schulz led the Lumberjacks with 14 kills, while Kaleigh Karlen finished with 28 digs and Vanessa Boorse dished out 48 assists.

Wausau West was swept by Merrill, Marshfield and SPASH.

Haley Fochs had 16 kills and 28 digs to lead West, and Krista Strandberg had 12 kills, 17 assists and 27 digs.

Sam Oliva added 16 assists

Round 1: SPASAH def. Wis. Rapids 25-12, 25-14, 25-13; Merrill def. Wausau West 25-11, 25-10, 25-12; Marshfield def. Wausau East 25-14 25-13, 25-14.

Round 2: SPASH def. Wausau West 25-19, 25-11, 25-18; Merrill def. D.C. Everest 25-22, 25-7, 25-19; Wausau East def. Wis. Rapids 25-12, 25-18, 25-14.

Round 3: Marshfield def. Wausau West 25-14, 25-14, 25-12; Wausau East def. D.C. Everest 25-22, 25-21, 25-21; Merrill def. SPASH 25-20, 25-21, 25-17.

Hatchet Invite

TOMAHAWK – Anna Nyberg had 56 kills, 29 digs and four aces as Tomahawk posted a 4-1 record with the lone loss coming to Auburndale in three games.

Becca Doughty had 128 assists as Tomahawk defeated McDonell (25-14, 25-12), Nekoosa (25-13, 25-13), Osceola (25-11, 25-17) and Reedsville (25-10, 25-16). Alex DuPlayee had a team-high 45 digs, and Amanda Schneider led Tomahawk with 20 aces. Hannah Meyer chipped in with 31 kills, 24 digs five blocks and four aces

Nyberg, Meyer and Doughty were selected to the all-tournament team.

Lakeland tournament

MINOCQUA – Abby Brown and Shaefer Rupar both had 38 kills, and combined for 29 digs as Newman Catholic posted a 4-0 record on the day.

Brianna Jankowsk added 72 assists as the Cardinals downed Shawano (23-25, 25-22, 15-8), Florence (25-12, 25-13), Crandon (25-15, 25-15) and Lakeland (25-20, 25-12).

Christina Grunow and Rupar each had eight aces.

Loyal tournament

LOYAL – Lexi Belter had 90 assists and 10 kills, and McKenzie Brodziski added 36 kills and 26 digs as Athens posted a 5-0 record.

Ryanne Peter had a team-high 42 digs as the Bluejays beat Neillsville (25-21, 25-18), Colby (25-21, 25-14), Lincoln Alma Center (25-18, 25-18), Columbus (25-9, 25-12) and Loyal (25-6, 25-7). Kincaid Diedrich chipped in with 19 kills and 23 digs.

Hatchet Invite

TOMAHAWK – Emmett Sifler and Jase Meyer finished fifth and sixth overall, and Andrew Pitney was 16th as Wausau East took the boys title at Edgewood Park, finishing 24 points ahead of Nekoosa/Port Edwards.

Stifler finished the 5,000 meter course in 16 minutes, 52.77 seconds. Tomahawk’s Bryan Tomek finished second overall in 16:13.54. Wausau West sophomroe Matt Vehlow was 11th overall in 17:11.19 as the Warriors placed fourth.

The Wausau West girls had five of the top 17 finishers to take the team title. Marissa Matushak led the pack as she finished eighth overall in 15:35.89, and Ellie Hrdina was 10th. Wausau East’s Kennidi Knoblock was second in 15:11.49, and teammates Abby Sann and Jordan Burton were seventh and ninth, respectively, as the Lumberjacks finished third.

Colby/Abbotsford was second overall, led by Amanda Kaiser, who finished fifth

Boys

Team scores: Wausau East 69, Nekoosa/Port Edwards 93, Chequamegon 94, Wausau West 99, Merrill 144, Ashland 171, Tomahawk 207, Lakeland 220, Colby/Abbotsford 239, Rhinelander 276, Mosinee 330, Wabeno 357, Flambeau 379, Hurley 404.

Girls

Wausau West 59, Colby/Abbotsford 98, Wausau East 107, Wabeno 116, Tomahawk 159, Nekoosa/Port Edwards 172, Rhinelander 220, Merrill 229, Ashland 230, Mosinee 231, Chequamegon 237, Lakeland 244, Hurley 303, Antigo 305, Ladysmith 383.

Old Abe Invitational

EAU CLAIRE – The D.C. Everest boys and girls cross country team both took fourth place out of 14 teams at the Old Abe Cross Country Invite.

The girls squad was led by Holly Solomon, with an 11th place finish with a run of 15 minutes, 50 seconds and Teegan Tretter placed 16th. Alexis Anderson narrowly missed the top-20 finishing 21st.

Aubrey Roberts of Eau Claire Memorial won the 4k race in a blistering time of 14 minutes, 6 seconds, winning by over a minute.

“Eau Claire Memorial is a tough team, but we ran good in the conditions and we saw very good competition,” Everest girls cross country coach Greg Peterson said. “It was cold and windy, but our girls ran very well.”

On the boys side the Evergreens were paced by Anthony Anderson, who finished 15th with a time of 17 minutes, 13 seconds.

Boys team results: 1. Eau Claire Memorial 52; 2. Hudson 74; 3. Onalaska 113; 4. D.C. Everest 123; 5. Chippewa Falls McDonell 150; 6. Eau Claire North 176; 7. Immanuel Lutheran 211; 8. Menomonie 214; 9. Altoona 233; 10. Chippewa Falls 253; 11. Fall Creek 334; 12. Glenwood City 345; 13. Eau Claire Regis 359; 14. Cadott 316.

4. D.C. EVEREST (123): 15. Anthony Anderson 17:13; 25. Ben Dietel 17:35; 26. Kyle Zocher 17:39; 28. Mitchell Bratz 17:42; 29. Nathan Vick 17:45.

Girls team results: 1. Eau Claire Memorial 39; 2. Hudson 54; 3. Onalaska 85; 4. D.C. Everest 102; 5. Rice Lake 163; 6. Menominie 172; 7. Eau Claire North 233; 8. Fall Creek 262; 9. Chippewa Falls 276; 10. Glenwood City 279; 11. Cadott 301; 12. Eau Claire Regis 347; 13. Immanuel Lutheran 360; 14. Altoona 411.

4. D.C. EVEREST 102: 11. Holly Solomon 15:50; 16. Teegan Tretter 16:07; 21. Alexis Anderson 16:22; 26. Emilee Mytinger 16:31; 28. Maya Jourdan 16:35.

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