WIAA STATE GIRLS VOLLEYBALLTOURNAMENT
Crusaders win state title
GREEN BAY — The Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball team hoisted the WIAA Division 2 state championship trophy Saturday.
Memorial swept Tomahawk 25-11, 25-20, 25-20 in the championship match at the Resch Center.
CMH sophomore Lexi Alden had a match-high 16 kills, which gave her 32 for the tournament, and she added three blocks. Sophomore Ivey Whalen had 10 kills on just 14 attempts for a .643 hitting percentage. She also had three blocks. Sophomore Maddy Rondeau filled the stat sheet with four kills, 13 assists, five digs and two blocks.
Alden did most of her damage on the left side, but Memorial coach Ted Schulte moved her all over the court.
“I just think that leftside has a lot more court,” Alden said. “There’s so many different opportunities, and I don‘t need a perfect pass to get that kill.”
CMH went to Alden early and often. The Crusaders opened the match with a 7-0 run with Alden getting three kills during the run. The first set was never close, and the 14-point margin of victory was Memorial’s biggest lead of the set.
“I don’t think it buried them, but I think it intimidated them,” Alden said about the run. “We’ve had matches where we’ve been down by 10 like in the sectional, and we’ve come back and won. It helped them lose confidence and helped us gain more confidence.”
Memorial had its only deficit in the second set. Tomahawk built a four-point lead on three separate occasions in the second set. But a 10-1 run that started with Memorial down 16-12 gave the Crusaders the lead for good.
Senior Lexie Calloway, had seven kills and nine digs, and senior Bethanie Krause had four kills. Senior Hayley Levenhagen led the team with 23 assists. She had a crafty kill for Memorial’s 24th point in the second set, where Schulte joked that it was her first kill of the year. Levenhagen had two kills coming into the championship match and doubled that total Saturday.
“I give a lot of credit to the younger class,” Calloway said. “They are so good for how young they are. We couldn’t do it with just three people.”
Added Schulte, “Lexie Calloway doesn’t want to be that person out in the forefront. Her confidence, drive and performance was special, and you hope they learn from that character. Bethanie was just a quiet kid that took on that role, and what she taught was to take on a role and excel at it.”
Members of the Catholic Memorial girls volleyball team
celebrate their WIAA Division 2 state title Saturday.
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