When belief and ability converge at the summit, look out. That’s the peak the Waterford High School girls volleyball team continues to climb.
Inching closer to the program’s first Southern Lakes Conference championship since 2000, the Wolverines beat Delavan-Darien in three sets Tuesday night at Waterford to clinch the No. 1 seed in Saturday’s conference tournament. After the 25-12, 25-14, 25-17 victory on Senior Night, coach Ashley Ingish said the girls are no longer intimidated by other contenders.
“This year, I think we’ve really had a lot of confidence, no matter who we were playing,” she said.
Mia Grunze totaled 20 kills and just one error for the Wolverines (24-8, 7-0 SLC), who received honorable mention among Division 1 teams in the latest Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association state poll. Ashley Hancock added five kills on eight attempts.
“She’s been a great counterbalance to our outsiders,” Ingish said.
Mariah Grunze (team-high seven aces) and her Waterford teammates executed a game plan that Ingish said centered on serving.
BURLINGTON 3, BADGER 0: Abby Koenen had 12 kills and served five aces to help the Demons sweep Badger 25-10, 25-16, 25-17 in their Southern Lakes Conference regular-season finale at Lake Geneva.
Kaley Blake had 22 assists and six digs for Burlington (26-10, 5-2 SLC).
UNION GROVE 3, WILMOT 1: Olivia Dir had 16 kills and 14 digs, and Karlee Lois added 31 assists, 13 digs and six kills as the Broncos won their Southern Lakes Conference regular-season finale 25-15, 25-19, 23-25. 25-14 on Senior Night at Union Grove.
The Broncos (25-15 overall, 4-3 SLC) started strong, then relaxed too much in the third game before finishing off the match, said coach Anne Sireno.
Senior Becca Borowski had 12 kills and 12 digs, while fellow senior Taylor Clark had four blocks.
BRADFORD 3, CASE 0: Sydney Zelko had 23 digs, but the Eagles fell to Bradford 25-15, 25-21, 25-17 in a Southeast Conference match at Case. Case fell to 8-20 overall, 2-5 in the SEC.
INDIAN TRAIL 3, HORLICK 2: Alei Mandli had 13 kills and Ally Handstedt as the Rebels got edged 22-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-15, 15-10 in a Southeast Conference match at Kenosha. Kelsey Jacobs had 26 assists and Sam Hills 16 digs for Horlick (6-21, 0-7 SEC).
ST. CATHERINE’S 3, DOMINICAN 0: With 12 kills and nine blocks, Kelsey Carrington contributed in multiple phases for the Angels, who came out 25-22, 25-20, 25-19 winners in this Metro Classic Conference match at Whitefish Bay. St. Catherine’s is 17-12 (5-3 MCC).
CATHOLIC CENTRAL 3, RACINE LUTHERAN 0: The Lady Toppers spoiled the Crusaders’ Senior Night, winning 25-21, 25-9, 25-21 in a Metro Classic Conference match at Racine Lutheran.
Catholic Central, ranked fifth in Division 4 in the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association poll, dominated from start to finish to complete a perfect (8-0) MCC regular sesaon.
The Crusaders (11-18, 1-7) were led by Alexis Peterson with 20 assists. Natalie Rosborough led the defense with 14 digs.
UNION GROVE 5, BADGER 3: Logan Farrington scored two goals and added an assist as the Broncos beat the elements and the Badgers at Union Grove to clinch third place in the Southern Lakes Conference — the highest finish in school history.
Cole Anderson got the Broncos (15-3-2, 6-3 SLC) on the board in the 28th minute. The Badgers got two quick goals to take the lead, but Farrington equalized matters in the 41st minute.
Union Grove battled wind, rain and a sloppy field to score three times in the second half and take control of the match. Goalkeeper Michael Polzin made five saves for the Broncos.
BURLINGTON 2, WILMOT 0: In pouring rain, the Demons capped their most successful Southern Lakes Conference season in five years with a victory over the Panthers at Burlington in the final round of the SLC Tournament.
Andrew Zeman scored the first goal for Burlington (5-9-1, 3-6 SLC) in the 14th minute off a broken play, with an assist credited to Leo Escorza.
In the 71st minute, Ryley Willkomm scored his first goal of the season from what coach Joel Molitor called “a tight angle.” Trevor Mann got the assist.
Goalkeeper Derek Koenen had to make just two saves for the Demons. He was helped by the post on one Wilmot counterattack, Molitor said.
HORLICK 3, INDIAN TRAIL 2: The Rebels picked up a close win in a Southeast Conference match at Kenosha.
The Rebels scored in the fifth minute on a goal from Alessandro Bianchi, then grabbed a 2-1 halftime lead with a goal from Jaden Skenadore. Aaron Blanco added a goal late in the second half to give the Rebels a 3-1 lead.
Ramiro Garcia, who was called up from junior varsity, made his first start in goal and had 13 saves for the Rebels (3-9-2, 2-4-1 SEC).
BRADFORD 9, CASE 1: Brendon Nelson’s unassisted goal in the 64th minute was the Eagles’ lone score in a Southeast Conference loss at Case. Case fell to 4-14-1 and 3-4 in SEC matches.
CASE 144, PARK 39: The Eagles picked up a victory over the Panthers in a Southeast Conference dual meet at Park.
The Eagles (2-4 SEC) won every race and had the top three finishers in all but four events.
Sara Bollendorf led the way. She won four events: the 200-yard freestyle (2:13.17), the 100 butterfly (1:08.66), and swam legs on the winning 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. Emily Hart set a lifetime-best time in the 100 backstroke (1:26.43).
For Park, Tori Jones placed second in the 100 butterfly (1:16.20).