The Fond du Lac girls volleyball team went 3-2 and split a pair of nail biting three set matches on Saturday to take third place at the Fondy Invite.
The Cardinals swept Denmark and Menasha and were swept by Verona. Against Grafton, Fondy won the decisive third set 15-12, but it dropped a 16-14 third set to Hartford.
Jenna Rosenthal had a big day. The junior led Fondy with 40 kills, a .381 hitting percentage, and she had seven blocks.
Brianna Wagner added 29 kills, and Kelsey Emerich had 20 kills and six blocks.
The team’s two setters were busy. Allison Duley had 49 assists and 24 digs, and Jenny Smit had 33 assists and 4.5 blocks. Defensively, Kyra Gravelle made 44 digs. She also tied Hailey Mand for the team lead with seven aces. “The girls are progressing as the season moves on,” Fondy coach Kevin Santry said.
Racine Park Invite
The Fondy boys volleyball team swept New Berlin Eisenhower, Racine Horlick and Arrowhead to win their pool at the Racine Park Invite. But in the championship bracket, Fondy lost 15-21, 21-18, 15-9 to Wauwatosa West.
“We just had a few too many mistakes and played a better team,” Fondy coach Royal Smit said of the Tosa West match. “Overall I was proud of everyone. We played well.”
Logan Wendt had 56 assists and spread out the attack to Collin Pickart (17 kills), Charlie Andrew (12) and Aaron Wendels and Mackenzie Nick (11 each). Wendels also had 12 blocks, while Andrew tied Jack Kiefer for the team lead with 10 digs.
Laconia couldn’t get past a powerhouse Tomahawk team, but the Spartans did beat Waterloo, Poynette and Cambridge. The Waterloo match went to a third set, which Laconia won 21-19.
“The girls knew it was important for seeding for regional,” Laconia coach Troy Pluim said, “and we took care of business against the teams we needed to beat.”
Alex Wegner had 30 kills and Morgan Gunnink had 26 for Laconia, while Haley Smith had 79 assists. Cassie Isaac had 53 digs and Amanda Leichtfuss had seven blocks, including a few critical blocks against Waterloo.
Beaver Dam Invite
New Holstein went 3-1 in Beaver Dam. The Huskies lost to Eau Claire North then beat Luxemburg-Casco in three followed by sweeps of Wausau East and Mayville.
Tara Zipperer was on fire with 40 kills, 28 digs and eight aces. Hailee Olson had 59 assists and 21 digs, both team highs. Tristen Guelig tied Zipperer with eight aces and Morgan Becker and Kelly Schmitz had four blocks apiece.
Against smaller schools — Montello, Wild Rose, Rosholt and Amherst — Campbellsport swept eight sets and a perfect 4-0 record.
Kaity Murphy led the Cougars with 30 kills, and Haley Feucht finished 21 points. Paige Birschbach dished out 68 assists. Theresa Flood had the most digs on the team with 22. Against Montello, Murphy was credited with 15 service aces.