MARATHON – Jenna Dick had a team high 58 digs, while Olivia Meurette contributed an impressive 42 kills to lead the host Raiders to the title win in the Marathon Early Bird volleyball tournament Sturday
The Raiders beat Thorp (25-18, 25-13; Fall Creek (25-7, 29-27); and Loyal (25-17, 25-12) in pool play to start the day.
Marathon then defeated Spencer (25-22, 25-16) and Phillips (25-21, 25-14), to finish first in the eight-team field.
Amanda Kind added 27 kills and Courtney Ford helped out the Raiders with 24 digs.
Spencer placed fourth with a 2-3 mark. The Rockets beat Northland Lutheran 25-15, 25-10 and Stratford 25-17, 25-21 and fell to Phillips 25-22, 25-22, Marathon and Loyal/Granton 25-17, 19-25, 11-15.
Macie Weber had 34 kills and Sydney Kind chipped in with 23 and 11 aces, while McKenzie Briner had 64 assists.
“It was a long day for us and we just kept beating ourselves,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “The talent is there, we just need to find some motivation. It will be a long hard week preparing for our next match.”
Team standings: 1. Marathon; 2. Phillips; 3. Loyal; 4. Spencer; 5. Stratford; 6. Fall Creek; 7. Thorp; 8. Northland Lutheran.
WISCONSIN DELLS – The Panthers finished with a 1-2 record in the gold bracket tournament play for day two.
The Panthers were able to defeat Green Bay Preble (26-28, 25-22, 15-13) and fell to Antigo (19-25, 11-25) and Oshkosh North (21-25, 17-25).
Morgan Reckner had 38 digs for the Panthers while Ally Miklesh had 38 assists and 5 aces.
Stephanie Chizzo contributed to the Panthers play with 23 kills.
“Great leadership out of the seniors, great to go out on a high note for the day,” said SPASH coach Elizabeth Momont. “It was a good two days and we’re looking forward to starting the season against Wausau East on Thursday.”
McDonell Diocesan Tournament
CHIPPEWA FALLS – The Royals finished the tournament 2-4, beating Columbus Catholic (25-19, 25-13) and Paelli (21-25, 25-19, 15-12).
The Royals fell to Aquinas (18-25, 14-25); Eau Claire Regis (17-25, 23-25); Newman Catholic (10-25, 10-25); and McDonell (14-25, 20-25).
The sister duo of Autumn and Chrysten Linzmeier helped the Royals with 33 kills and 47 digs, and 37 assists and 7 aces, respectively.
Macy Zurfluh also contributed to the Royals play with 38 digs and 20 kills.
“I’m proud of the girls, it’s tough to come out and play first tournament with lots of good teams and they played really well,” said Assumption coach April Hafermann.
Gwen Cobleigh Invite
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Vanessa Laher had 47 kills and Victoria Lammar added 52 assists to help the Raiders take first place in the Gwen Cobleigh Invite at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln.
To start the day, Medford downed Colby (25-18, 25-13); Rapids (25-15, 25-7); and Middleton (26-28, 25-16, 15-8).
In the semi-finals, the Raiders rolled past Laconia (25-13, 25-16) and Fox Valley Lutheran (25-17, 25-22).
Maggie Baker had 19 digs and Jenna Klemm helped with 49 assists for the Raiders, both had 11 aces on the day.
“I’m very happy with how our team played, our defense and offensive was off the charts, it shows our maturity! We’re 10-2 we finished 7th at the Oshkosh tourney on Wednesday out of 32 teams,” said Medford coach Dave Vaara.
Sun Prairie Tourney
SUN PRAIRIE Stephanie Rhodes had 37 kills and 38 digs to lead Marshfield to a sixth-place finish at Sun Prairie.
The Tigers beat Beaver Dam 2513, 25-11, Luxemburg-Casco 25-23, 25-22 and Waupun 25-22, 26-24 and fell to Watertown 25-21, 22-25, 10-15 and De Pere 25-19, 25-19.
Alexa Aumann had 30 kills and 13 block kills, Anna Ripp 77 assists, Jenny Scheppler finished with 38 digs and 10 aces and Hannah Beverden had 15 blocks.
“I’m pretty pleased with our performance this weekend,” Marshfield volleyball coach Dawn Sadowska said. “We obviously have some things to work on, but out losses came to really strong programs who ended up in the top four of the tournament. This team is onlgy going to get better.”
RHINELANDER – Nate Napiwocki scored a goal in all three matches and a depleted SPASH side turned in a solid showing with a 2-1 record in the two-day tournament.
Despite missing six regulars due to injuries and illness, the Panthers picked up wins over Shawano (3-0) and Kingsford, Mich. (1-0) after suffering a 3-1 setback to Sturgeon Bay on Friday.
“Going in I was worried this could be a really ugly weekend with all the missing players,” SPASH assistant coach Don Peel said. “But it was a good weekend, I was very happy with the results.
“What pleased me the most is they played team ball not any I’m superstar and I’m going to do everything
Trev Anderson collected a pair of goals against Shawano to help SPASH improve to 3-1 overall.
Sun Prairie Quad
SUN PRAIRE – The Tigers went 0-1-1 during the two-day tournament.
Marshfield lost to 2-0 to Waukesha West on Friday night and settled for a scoreless draw with Racine Case on Saturday.
LA CROSSE – The Cardinals’ No. 1 doubles team of Nicole Schroeder and Tia Krzykowski went undefeated at the Diocesan tournament.
The duo won all three matches in straight sets. No. 2 singles player Alliey Krusa finished 2-1.
Pacelli beat Newman Catholic 4-3, but lost to La Crosse Aquinas 5-2 and Eau Claire Regis 6-1.