The Newman Catholic girls volleyball team got a small taste of the WIAA Division 4 state tournament last season, but want to savor that feeling again.
The Cardinals took another step towards making that a reality, cruising to a 25-17, 25-8, 25-17 sweep of Tigerton on Saturday to claim a WIAA Division 4 regional championship.
Newman will face the winner of Rib Lake-Greenwood on Thursday at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption High School.
Abby Brown and Shaefer Rupar both had 19 kills, as the Cardinals are now two wins away from a return trip to Green Bay.
“It is always nice to win a regional title, especially in your own gym,” Newman coach Betty Lange said. “We just are trying to execute, keep our intensity and stay focused. It is important to do that at this time of the year. The offense had good balance all night.”
“We had good contributions from our outside hitters and our middle hitters have been running good offense,” Lang added. It was a total team effort.”
Brianna Jankowski chipped in 50 assists for the Cardinals.
Wausau East 0
MERRILL – Renee Sladek had 10 kills, and Lauren Hojan and Casey Steffen added nine and eight kills, respectively as the Bluejays swept the the Lumberjacks in a Division 1 regional final 25-19, 25-21, 25-17.
Lindsay Krueger had 26 assists, and Bri Piepenbrok had a team-high 21 digs.
Vanessa Boorse led East with 21 assists, while Annie Tuman and Paige Heinrich both had five kills for the Lumberjacks.
“Defensively, Bri Piepenbrok, Jenna Zamzow and Reegan Byer played really well,” Merrill coach Stephanie Nelson said.
“They were getting to some tough balls and not letting a whole lot drop.”
MARATHON – Jordyn Shields had 13 kills and 14 digs, and Colleen Leary had 30 assists as the Cardinals scored a sweep of the Raiders 25-22, 25-20, 25-23.
No individual statistics for Marathon were available as of press time.
Spencer 3, Athens 2
ATHENS – Lexy Belter had 40 assists, and McKenzie Brodziski had 12 kills to lead the Bluejays, but the Rockets scored the win in five games 25-17, 19-25, 16-25, 25-16, 15-10.
Kyncaide Diedrich added 10 kills for the Bluejays.
“Tonight’s game was an awesome match. We played tough and just had a few too many errors in a few situations and just needed to be a tad bit more aggressive,” Athens coach Kathy Luther said. “I am proud of all the girls and the effort that they brought to the match.
“We gave up like nine points in the first game,” Luther added. “We were outsized, they were much taller than us, but we were blocking really well.”
Antigo 3, Wittenberg-Birn. 1
Savanah Vera collected 18 kills and 17 digs, but the Chargers’ season came to a close at the hands of the Red Robins, 25-20, 21-25, 25-21, 25-20 in a WIAA Division 2 regional final.
Micah Nier added eight kills and 17 digs for Wittenberg-Birnamwood, while Taylor Bushman chipped in 20 digs.
“Antigo is a good team. We played really well the first three games, but the fourth game we had some trouble passing and couldn’t turn it around,” Wittenberg-Birnamwood coach Chris Nier said.
Division 2 sectional
WAUPACA – Tomahawk junior Bryan Tomek finished fifth overall in the boys race to qualify for the WIAA state meet for the second straight year. Tomek covered the 5,000 meter course in 16 minutes, 47 seconds.
Colby/Abbotsford Amanda Kaiser also was an individual qualifier as she finished the girls race seventh overall. Kaiser completed the 4,000 meter course in 16:18.20
PLATTEVILLE – Caity Coleman won the 100 butterfly and teammate Drew Detert finished in second place in the event as Wausau West won the 28th annual Hillmen Invitational.
Coleman also finished in second place in 100 backstroke, as the Warriors won the eight-team event.
Other top finishers for West was, Caroline McDonald taking second in the 200 freestyle and Claire Pody snagging a second pklace finish in the 100 breaststroke.
The Warriors also took second place in the 200 medley relay. The team consisted of Coleman, Pody, Detert and Mikayla Kramer.