The Burlington High School girls volleyball team validated its ranking Saturday.
The Demons, ranked ninth among Division 1 schools in the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association state poll, rolled through pool play and took care of business in the Gold bracket to win the West Allis Hale Invitational.
Burlington (16-6) beat Park, West Allis Central and St. Francis in pool play and advanced to the Gold semifinals, where the Demons beat Greendale Martin Luther 25-11, 25-19.
In the championship match, Burlington beat host Hale 25-16, 25-18.
“We had a very nice win against a competitive Hale team,” Demons co-head coach Teri Leach said. “I thought we played strong defense and gave ourselves chances offensively.”
Abby Koenen had a good day at the net with 33 kills and a .373 hitting percentage. Four others had at least 10 kills as Burlington had a team hitting percentage of .276.
The Demons were on their game serving as well with 43 aces, and Cayla Gutche had 10. Kaley Blake had 60 assists, Lexi Hill had seven blocks and Sam Naber had 22 digs.
PRAIRIE: The Hawks started with a loss, but won their next two matches to finish second at the four-team Slinger Invitational.
After losing to host Slinger in their first match, Prairie (7-3) recovered to beat Delavan-Darien and Milwaukee Pius XI to go 2-1.
Jolie Larson had 17 kills and 26 assists, Emily Terry had 16 kills, Katie Gumina had 21 assists and Jamie May had 14 aces and led the defense with 36 digs.
UNION GROVE: The Broncos took second in pool play and finished sixth overall at the Kettle Moraine Lutheran Invitational at Jackson.
After going 1-1 in pool play matches, Union Grove (12-7) beat St. Catherine’s 25-18, 25-13 and lost to Appleton Xavier 25-20, 19-25, 15-7 in their first two Silver matches, then lost to Madison Edgewood 25-23, 25-18 in the Silver bracket title match.
Olivia Dir led the way with 50 kills and nine aces, and added 38 digs on defense. Dir had a hitting percentage of .359 and five of her aces came against Xavier, Broncos coach Anne Sireno said.
Karlee Lois had a strong overall tournament with 72 assists, 18 kills, nine blocks and 35 digs and Kelsey Henderson had 42 digs.
RACINE LUTHERAN: The Crusaders went 1-2 in pool play and finished sixth in the eight-team Janesville Parker Invitational.
Lutheran (8-7) beat Jefferson 22-25, 25-22, 15-13 in the crossover match, then lost to Parker 17-25, 25-21, 15-10 in the fifth-place match.
Jackie Kellner had 47 kills and 11 block kills, Alexis Peterson had 98 assists and Natalie Rosborough had 70 digs.
HORLICK: The Rebels went 0-5 at the Indian Trail Invitational at Kenosha.
Sam Hills had a solid match defensively for Horlick (2-11), coach Tom Penzkowski said, with 55 digs. Alei Mandli contributed 19 kills and 20 digs.
POOL PLAY: Burlington def. Park 25-11, 25-12. Burlington def. West Allis Central 25-15, 25-9. Burlington def. St. Francis 25-16, 25-8.
SEMIFINALS: Burlington def. Greendale Martin Luther 25-11, 25-19.
FINAL: Burlington def. Hale 25-16, 25-18.
STAT LEADERS: Kills: Abby Koenen 33. Blocks: Lexi Hill 7. Assists: Kaley Blake 60. Aces: Cayla Gutche 10. Digs: Sam Naber 22.
Kettle Moraine Lutheran Invitational
Union Grove results
POOL PLAY: Catholic Memorial def. Union Grove 25-13, 17-25, 15-13. Union Grove def. Waupun 25-19, 25-6.
SILVER BRACKET: Appleton Xavier def. Union Grove 25-20, 19-25, 15-7. Union Grove def. St. Catherine's 25-18, 25-13. Championship: Madison Edgewood def. Union Grove 25-23, 25-18.
STAT LEADERS: Kills: Olivia Dir 50. Blocks: Karlee Lois 9. Assists: Lois 72. Aces: Dir 9. Digs: Kelsey Henderson 42.
MATCHES: Slinger def. Prairie 25-12, 25-20. Prairie def. Delavan-Darien 25-9, 25-18. Prairie def. Milw. Pius XI, no score available.
STAT LEADERS: Kills: Jolie Larson 17. Assists: Jolie Larson 26. Aces: Jamie May 14. Digs: May 36.
Indian Trail Invitational
POOL PLAY: Bradford def. Horlick 25-12, 25-17. Badger def. Horlick 27-25, 25-16. Watertown def. Horlick 25-6, 25-12.
SILVER BRACKET: Indian Trail def. Horlick 25-17, 25-20. Wilmot def. Horlick 25-20, 25-23.
STAT LEADERS: Kills: Alei Mandli 19. Assists: Kelsey Jacobs 25. Aces: Jenna Thoennes 9. Digs: Sam Hills 55.
Racine Lutheran results
POOL PLAY: Milton def. Lutheran 25-13, 25-10. Stoughton def. Lutheran 25-18, 25-13. Lutheran def. Beloit Memorial 25-12, 25-12.
CROSSOVER: Lutheran def. Jefferson 22-25, 25-22, 15-13.
FIFTH PLACE: Parker def. Lutheran 17-25, 25-21, 15-10.
STAT LEADERS: Kills: Jackie Kellner 47. Blocks: Kellner 11. Assists: Alexis Peterson 98. Aces: Peterson 4. Digs: Natalie Rosborough 70.
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RACINE INVITATIONAL: Case had the best finish among the five Racine County teams in the annual Racine Invitational, tying for fifth in the 24-team tournament at Park.
The Eagles won their pool by going 4-2 in games, then had to wait for a while, coach Dan Burch said, until their crossover match.
Case beat Cedarburg 21-15, 21-16 in the crossover match, then lost to Mukwonago 14-21, 21-7, 15-6 in the quarterfinals.
After the first game, Eagles outside hitter Saphar Grant was pulled from the match because of a sore shoulder, Burch said.
“He had been battling through a shoulder injury and the trainer and I decided to pull him out,” Burch said. “In the second and third games, we struggled and Mukwonago served effectively.”
Burch said libero David Sandridge had 35 digs and passed well, and that setter Seth Sanchez did a “phenomenal job” running the offense with 54 assists for Case (6-3 overall matches).
Burlington tied Case for fifth, beating Kenosha Indian Trail 21-19, 13-21, 15-10 and losing to eventual runner-up Milwaukee Pius XI 19-21, 21-18, 15-11.
Malik Tiedt had 38 kills, David Paul had 78 assists and Trey Krause had 53 digs for the Demons (7-4-1 overall).
Horlick (9-4) got 25 kills from Kyle Semrad and 55 assists and five aces from Eric Barrientez as the Rebels went 2-4 in pool play and 1-1 in the consolation bracket.
At Park H.S.
CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Middleton def. Milw. Pius XI, no score available
POOL PLAY: Case split with Madison East 21-6, 20-22. Case def. Waukesha South 21-8, 21-9. Case split with Westosha Central 17-21, 21-15.
CROSSOVER: Case def. Cedarburg 21-15, 21-16
QUARTERFINAL: Mukwonago def. Case, no score available.
STAT LEADERS: Assists: Seth Sanchez 54. Digs: David Sandridge 35.
POOL PLAY: Middleton def. Burlington 21-11, 21-10. Burlington def. Madison LaFollette 21-16, 21-12. Burlington split with Kenosha Bradford 13-21, 21-14. Playoff: Burlington def. Bradford 17-16.
CROSSOVER: Burlington def. Kenosha Indian Trail 21-19, 13-21, 15-10.
QUARTERFINAL: Milw. Pius XI def. Burlington 19-21, 21-18, 15-11.
STAT LEADERS: Kills: Malik Tiedt 38. Blocks: Andy Ellingham 5. Assists: David Paul 78. Aces: Trey Krause 7. Digs: Krause 53.
POOL PLAY: Mukwonago def. Horlick 21-13, 22-20. Homestead def. Horlick 21-15, 21-15. Horlick def. West Allis Hale 22-20, 21-13.
CROSSOVER: Horlick def. Waukesha North 25-17.
CONSOLATION BRACKET: Horlick def. Hale 25-18. Waukesha South def. Horlick 25-16.
STAT LEADERS: Kills: Kyle Semrad 25. Blocks: Eric Barrientez 3. Aces: Zach Romano 5, Barrientez 5. Assists: Barrientez 55. Digs: Henry Christensen 15.