Friday, October 15, 2010

Girls Volleyball Win Conference

from yesterday's Waukesha Freeman --

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Crusaders take Classic 8 crown
‘They’re a great team’
By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Balance, defense, power and senior leadership.

The WIAA Division 2 defending state champion Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball team has all that – and more.

And the Crusaders showcased it to claim their third Classic 8 Conference dual championship in the last four seasons with a 25-16, 25-16, 25-15 victory over Arrowhead on Tuesday.

Memorial finished 7-0 in conference while Arrowhead finished 6-1.

“They have five Division 1 players and are one of the top teams in the state,” Arrowhead coach Sherry Moseler said of Memorial. “We came in ready to play and gave them a great game, but they’re a great team.”

After taking a 2-0 lead in the first game, the Warhawks lost three straight points and never led again in any of the three games.

“This was easily our best defensive effort this year,” Memorial coach Ted Schulte said. “We found an extra step, extended our range and did a really good job of sorting out broken plays to create situations for someone to put the point away.”

Memorial, 37-4 overall, got four kills apiece from senior Katie Acker and sophomore Alyssa Dawson and three more from senior Kelli Browning, along with three blocks and an ace, in the first game.

Then it was Acker (five kills), Dawson (four) and senior Aly Kujawa (three) in the second game and then back to Browning (four kills and two blocks) to lead the third game.

“Our defensive intensity was really good. We haven’t played with that much intensity in a long time and we were getting to balls that we usually don’t get to,” said Kujawa, who will play at Division II Minnesota-Duluth next season. “And we’re pretty dynamic on offense. Everyone is a great hitter and we were everywhere.”

Acker led the team with 10 total kills, while Browning and Dawson had eight apiece, Kujawa five and juniors Greta Davis and Amanda Hansen four apiece.

Browning had eight blocks and Davis six, while senior Patti Abshire had 21 digs and sophomore Rachel Murphy had 23 assists.

“We were definitely a ‘team’ on the floor tonight,” said Browning, who will attend Creighton on scholarship. “We have weapons all over the floor.”

The team’s four seniors – Abshire, Acker, Browning and Dawson – completed four years as varsity players with their 27th victory in 28 league matches on Senior Night. Abshire (Duquesne) and Acker (Denver) also have D1 scholarships, and Dawson has made a verbal commitment to attend Marquette.

“Ending against them really works well for us,” Moseler said. “We can look at the positives and this gives us a great idea of what to work on in order to get better.”

Schulte was of the same mind set as his team gets ready for the D2 tournament season while Arrowhead, 6-1 in league and 33-5 overall, gets ready for its D1 tournament.

“We’ve done an excellent job all year of keeping our errors to a minimum and we attack relentlessly,” Schulte said. “We keep putting pressure on. We were fortunate to finish against a very good Arrowhead team that has good setting, good defense and aggressive hitters. It was not a walkover.”

Junior Jenny Smith had nine kills and freshman Rycki Ebert seven to lead Arrowhead, which also had 19 assists from senior Rachel Keith, and 14 digs from sophomore Meghan Supple.

Photos -- Top: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial’s Greta Davis pounds the ball over the net past Arrowhead’s Jenny Smith in the first game Tuesday at Memorial.
Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Memorial’s Kate Acker reaches for the ball after teammates Patti Abshire, left, and Kaitlyn Hasting crash to the floor going for a save Tuesday.

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