WINNECONNE – The Winneconne volleyball team was tested early and often Thursday night, but survived to complete a 3-1 win (26-24, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20) over Campbellsport in an East Central Conference game.
The Wolves completed a rally in the first set after losing their first lead of the game when Campbellsport took a 16-15 lead. Trailing 23-20, the Wolves rallied to win and carried that momentum into the second game as it took a 2-0 lead.
Sadie Kosciuk finished the game with five kills, four aces, one block and three digs for the Wolves, which improved to 16-1 (6-0 ECC) this season.
Oshkosh Northwestern Media caught up with Kosciuk after the game to talk about the match against the Cougars and the season.
Oshkosh Northwestern: Campbellsport really tested you tonight, but you still came away with the win. Talk about the win for me.
Sadie Kosciuk: We definitely did get down on ourselves a few times but we came back and our energy got pumped up and we were loud, we were cheering and I feel like we definitely came back and earned that win tonight.
ON: You got off to a big start, rallying for a win in set one and carried that over into set two. How big was that?
SK: We started off slow, but like I said, that energy we came up with was good. We had a few kills from our outsides in Annika (Gereau) and Hannah (Peerenboom) and those were awesome hits. I don’t know what I would do without my whole team out there.
ON: Thoughts on how you played tonight?
SK: I started off a little slow myself, but at the end there I think I came back. It wouldn’t (have happened) without my setters Gabi (Neuman) and Kylee (Whitford) and the outsides. Our defense as well, they were very good tonight.
ON: As a team you improve to 16-1 on the year and remain undefeated in the ECC. How is the year going for you?
SK: It started good, I feel like we have a great chance this year. Our coaches think we have a great chance this year. Our whole team has been working hard and improving over the summer and we started the season strong so I think we have a chance on making it far this year.
ON: What are your thoughts on the new conference?
SK: It’s different, I can say that for sure. It’s awesome getting to play some new blood … Campbellsport, Waupun. We played (Waupun) last year in the sectional final and we beat them in our quad this year. All of the energy from last year carried over to this year and I feel like if we can bring the energy back we’ll do well again this year in our conference.
ON: What are some goals for you for the rest of the season?
SK: To just keep the energy up, keep the team up, always improve. We have a great fan section, hopefully more fans will coem and join us and cheer us on. All we can do is go up from here.
Coach Will Brydon’s thoughts
This was a good test for us, we had a little bit of a down week in practice but the girls came out with some fire and learned the valuable lesson about closing the door when we have the opportunity. We capitilized on our chances and take care of business when it comes but that was a good team on the other side of the net. We’ll learn from this push.
Sadie has really stepped up this year in more of a leadership role, being a sophomore on varsity last year was a developing year and this year is more of a time in the spotlight. She is a big offensive weapon, a big blocking weapon, and as a team we appreciate the dedication and the work ethic she brings every day. I think that shows on the court with her domination.
Winneconne def. Campbellsport, 26-24, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20.
Stat Leaders: Winneconne — Hannah Peerenboom 13 kills; Morgan Horn 14 digs; Annika Gereau 18 kills, 4 aces; Gabrielle Neuman 17 assists; Kylee Whitford 16 assists; Sadie Kosciuk 5 kills, 4 aces, 3 digs; Molly Kerrigan 3 blocks; Lexi Busching 9 digs.
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