WITTENBERG – Savanah Vera had a match to remember Thursday night, willing Wittenberg-Birnamwood to a five-set 25-27, 25-8, 24-26, 28-26, 15-10 WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal win over Medford.
Vera finished with 40 kills and 13 digs as the Chargers outlasted the Raiders and host Antigo in a regional final Saturday.
“A lot of this season is a roller coaster ride,” Chargers coach Chris Nier said. “We have had a number of games that went to five this year. This is one of those games where when we are on fire, or we are really bad. We woke up after three games, and just played really well. Medford is an outstanding team.”
Micah Nier added 14 kills, 34 assists and 15 digs for W-B and Monica Verkuilen chipped in 19 digs.
Tomahawk 3, Lakeland 0
TOMAHAWK – Tomahawk swept the Thunderbirds 25-8, 25-17, 25-12 in a WIAA regional semifinal and faces Great Nortern Conference rival Mosinee, a winner over Onalaska, on Saturday.
Athens 3, Rosholt 1
ATHENS – McKenzie Brodziski had 13 kills and Chelsee Tessmer and Kyncaide Diedrich each added 11 as the Bluejays rolled to a 25-14, 25-19, 21-25, 25-19, WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal victory over the Hornets.
Athens hosts last season’s state runner-up Spencer in a WIAA regional final.
“Our blocking was top notch tonight and we had been working on that,” Athens coach Kathy Luther said. “Our defense picked up some great balls. Our only stumble was in game 3 when we missed too many serves.”
The Bluejays know they have a tough road ahead and the bracket they are trying to navigate through is brutal. The winner of Athens/Spencer faces the winner of Marathon/Pacelli in sectionals.
“I guess you just have to deal with it and play your best. It’s too bad so many teams that have such quality programs have to be lumped together,” Luther said. “You have to play the best to be the best. I expect a long match and our girls will have to just take it a ball at a time.”
Newman Catholic 3, Valley Lutheran 0
Abby Brown’s five aces, Schaefer Lupar’s 10 kills, Kimberly Steif’s eight digs and Brianna Jankowski’s 25 assists propelled the Cardinals to 25-10, 25-5, 25-11 win. The Cardinals host Tigerton on Saturday.
“Our team just has to come ready to play and play focused. We are just looking at playing a consistent game right now,” said Cardinals coach Betty Lange.
Wausau West 0
MERRILL – Renee Sladek had 11 kills to lead a balanced Bluejays attack in a 25-6, 25-12, 25-10 WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal victory over the Warriors.
Lindsay Krueger led the ‘Jays with 26 assists and 15 service points.
Haley Fochs had four kills and 14 digs for West.
Kayla Zagrzebski had 15 kills, Julie Kijak had 13 kills, and Aubree Antosch had six aces and 22 digs to power Mosinee past Onalaska 25-21, 20-25, 25-14, 25-18.
Hannah Michlig was on fire with 41 assists and nine digs, and Breanna Rheinschmidt scored five aces. Mosinee recorded 15 aces as a team, while allowing only three aces from Onalaska.
Mosinee will play at Tomahawk on Saturday.
Marathon 3, Neillsville 0
MARATHON – Emily Kind had 13 kills and Morgan Wirkus added 10 more as the Raiders cruised to a 25-15, 25-17, 25-20 WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal sweep.
The Raiders host Pacelli in a WIAA regional final Saturday.
Kia Lechleitner led Marathon with 19 assists and 19 service points and Wirkus added 13 assists. Tory Blume added 17 service points and 12 digs.
Hudson 1, Wausau East 0
HUDSON – The Lumberjacks’ season came to a close, with a narrow defeat at the hands of the Blue Raiders in a WIAA sectional semifinal.
No other information was provided, but check back for information on the game in Saturday’s edition.
Wausau East 108, D.C. Everest 62
The Lumberjacks took care of the Evergreens, winning all of the relays, except for the 200 medley, in which they settled for a tie with the Evergreens.
Sarah Kane won the 500 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke for the Lumberjacks. The Evergreen’s Willa Huddleston also turned in a strong performance, winning the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly events.
200 medley relay: 1.Wausau East 1:57.55, 1.DCE 1:57.55; 200 freestyle: 1.WE, Bethany Novak-Tveten, 2:03.37, 2.WE, Taylor Moses, 2:07.83; 200 IM: 1. DCE, Willa Huddleston, 2:20.62, 2. WE, Jocelyn Moses, 2:31.27; 50 freestyle: 1. DCE, Ashley Kroll, 25.71, 2. WE, Kendra Hilgemann, 25.72; 100 butterfly: 1.DCE, Willa Huddleston 2. WE, Hanna Plummer, 1:05.43; 100 freestyle: 1.WE, Kendra Hilgemann, 56.48, 2.DCE, Michaela Klump, 58.20; 500 freestyle: 1. WE, Sarah Kane, 5:38.48, 2. WE, Meredith Eichelberger 6:05.37; 200 freestyle relay: 1. WE, 1:42.80, 2. DCE, 1:43.51; 100 backstroke: 1.DCE, Kaylee Lambrecht, 1:06.49, 2.WE, Caroline Maahs 1:06.83; 100 breaststroke: 1.WE, Sarah Kane, 1:08.36, 2. WE, Taylor Moses, 1:12.91; 400 freestyle relay: 1.Wausau East, 3:56.92, 2.D.C. Everest, 4:07.48.
Wausau West 130, Merrill 40
MERRILL – Mikayla Kramer won the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke, Caity Coleman won the 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle and Drew Detert won the 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley won multiple events as the Warriors cruised to a Valley dual meet victory.
200 medley relay: 1. Wausau West 2:06.23; 200 freestyle: 1. WW, Mikayla Kramer 2:12.56; 200 IM: 1. WW, Drew Detert 2:20.85; 50 freestyle: 1. WW, Caity Coleman 27.25; 2. M, Kendyl Pettit 27.73; 100 butterfly: 1. WW, Ca. Coleman 1:06.24; 100 freestyle: 1. WW, Detert 58.26; 2. M, Pettit 1:00.03; 500 freestyle: 1. WW, Claire Pody 5:53.78; 200 free relay: 1. Wausau West 1:46.87; 100 backstroke: 1. WW, Kramer 1:06.72; 100 breaststroke: 1. M, Jessica Janke 1:14.59; 2. WW, Pody 1:15.17; 400 freestyle relay: 1. Wausau West 4:04.85.