Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Crusader Girls Stay Undefeated in Classic 8

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Kettle Moraine 0

Digging up a victory
Crusaders stay unbeaten in league
 By Christine Hibbs, Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA – Good defense paid dividends.

Senior Lauren Alberti had 17 digs as the Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball team gained a 2519, 25-13, 25-15 Classic 8 victory against Kettle Moraine on Tuesday to remain undefeated in the Classic 8 Conference midway through the season.

The Crusaders improved to 13-8 overall, 4-0 in the Classic 8. Kettle Moraine is 12-16 overall, 0-4 in the Classic 8.

“Our defense came together tonight,” Alberti said. “It’s always hard to set and get a hit if the pass isn’t there, so once our defense came together, we were able to run a strong offense. We picked up the defense and focused in a little bit more
 (after the first game.) We came together as a team better. We kind of got away from that in the first game, so we focused on coming together and taking care of what we had to do.”

Both teams matched point for point in Game 1 until CMH freshman Maddy Rondeau found the hole to give her team a 14-13 advantage. Never retaking the lead, Kettle Moraine stayed within one point until the Crusaders went on a 5-1 scoring splurge to close out the game 25-19 with freshman Alexis Alden delivering the gamewinning kill.

“Lauren Alberti’s defense was brilliant,” Catholic Memorial coach Ted Schulte said. “She had a wonderful sense of the ball, and she
 was very decisive. 

“We had some moments where we played very well and some moments where we weren’t doing what we needed to be doing. We need to grow up a little more and start taking care of business. You have to win the ones you’re supposed to win. I think we were a better team tonight. That’s no disrespect to KM. I just think my kids are a little bit more experienced. This is one that we were supposed to win.”

With momentum on their side, the Crusaders rattled off five unanswered points to begin Game 2 with junior Hayley Levenhagen serving. Levenhagen had 13 assists with Rondeau getting 14 in the match.

KM got a brief reprieve when senior Abby Conner powered over a serve that CMH couldn’t return, but the Crusaders got a spark from junior Lexie Calloway who served five straight for an 11-2 lead.

Calloway led CMH with 11 kills, while KM junior Genna Locke had eight kills.

“We really pushed in Game 1 to play more up-tempo. Catholic Memorial did a great job of digging a lot of them up, but we got them a little more out of system so they were off the net a little bit more,” Kettle Moraine coach
 Bill Serb said. “In Game 2 we got a little more up tight; we were playing it a little more safe, so that played into their hands where they were able to run the offense they wanted to.”

The Lasers inched within five points, but Alberti, who had a match-high six ace serves, delivered five quick points to widen the margin and KM couldn’t recover.

CMH freshman Kathryn Christian finished off the 25-
13 victory with an ace serve.

“They’ve had enough experience this year where they’ve gone five (games) or three in tournaments. That doesn’t bother us,” Serb said. “In our last match we were down 8-0 and we had a 12-0 run, so we know that we’re capable of it. We ended up winning that game 15-13. We know we can do it; it’s just a matter of all of the girls keeping their voices in it and staying aggressive.”

KM scored the first four
points in Game 3 with Connor serving, but CMH soon tied it up and took the lead. Soon the Lasers found themselves trailing 19-14, and with Alberti serving. Alberti then came up with the match-winning point, finding a spot in the back row.

“KM played a really tough game,” Alberti said. “They were really scrappy and had great defense. That made it a little tougher. It was definitely a good match.”

Photo credits: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman 

Top - Catholic Memorial junior Lexie Calloway digs the ball on a serve from Kettle Moraine late in the third game Tuesday at Memorial. 

Bottom - Catholic Memorial freshman Kathryn Christian makes a diving save on a kill from Kettle Moraine in the first game of a Classic 8 Conference varsity volleyball match Tuesday. 

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