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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 16:47

Volleyball team falls in five in regional final; Port, Cedar Grove-Belgium and Ozaukee lose in first round

Facing the possible end to its season, Grafton’s volleyball team wasn’t going to lose that fourth game at Pewaukee on Saturday.
Down, 24-20, the No. 3-seeded Black Hawks mouted a comeback against their No. 2-seeded opponents in a Division 2 regional title match.
Libero Lauren Stielow “was just popping in the serves, and they set all different players,” coach Austin Cass said, “and we just got touches on our blocSARAH SCHMITZ (CR) s1101917130ks.”
The gym got louder and louder as the Hawks crept closer and closer, Cass said.
Outside hitter Sarah Schmitz kept pounding down kills, and the Hawks tied the game and a few points later came out on top, 27-25.
“That was a real exciting moment going into Game 5,” Cass said.
All the energy Grafton needed to expend to extend the match, however, began to run out in the deciding game. Pewaukee took an 8-4 lead and won the game, 15-8.
“Pewaukee did not let up, so they did a good job of closing the door,” Cass said.
Pewaukee won two of the first three games, 25-20, 17-25 and 25-18, before the Hawks won the thrilling fourth.
“That was insane. That was a great match,” Cass said.
Schmitz had 20 kills, and Audrey Schaut had 41 assists. Stielow made 32 digs. Emma Wagner had three aces and three blocks.
Last Thursday, Grafton beat No. 6-seeded Shorewood, 25-18, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22.
Cass said his team packed all its bad plays into one game — the one that it lost.

Schmitz had 20 kills and only five errors. She and Stielow had 17 digs each.
Schaut had 39 assists, and Wagner served seven aces.
On Oct. 17, the Hawks swept No. 14-seeded Milwaukee Lutheran, 25-8, 25-9, 25-10.
Cass said he was able to get all of his players on the court, “which is nice in the playoffs.”
Stats were kept for the first two games. Sophia De La Pasqua had 11 kills, and Stielow had 11 digs. Ava Schimmelpfenning had 20 assists and three aces.
Port drops first-round playoff match
Port Washington gave the first round of the Division 2 regional playoffs a hearty run but came up short at Plymouth on Oct. 17.
The five-seeded Panthers swept the 12-seeded Pirates, 25-11, 25-11, 26-24.
“We went into the game as the 12th seed, but didn’t play that way,” coach Mary Kay Heinz said.
“The girls came out strong and looked like the team I knew they could be.”
After Plymouth went on a run to win the first game, Port started slowly and couldn’t come back in the second. They again got off to a bad start in the third game, “but after a quick talk they came to play,” Heinz said.
“I have never seen the girls play with so much heart and will to win. They played till the end. They gave it all they had.”
Jordyn Rabideaux and Kyra Baumann led the Pirates with four kills each. Gretchen Lilly had nine assists. Jessica Mikyska had 10 digs, and Rabideaux had two blocks.
Heinz, in her first year as head coach, is pleased with the start to building the Pirates’ program.
“Overall this season was a new beginning for us. We proved we can be more then what others think of us, and we have proved to ourselves we can do it,” she said.
Warriors lose to longtime adjacent rival
No 8-seeded Ozaukee ended its season with a 3-1 match loss against visiting No. 9-seeded Random Lake in a Division 3 playoff opener on Oct. 17.
The Warriors had defeated Random Lake earlier in the season to earn their way into the Gold Division of the Big East Conference tournament, but on this night the Rams were out for revenge.
The Rams won, 25-11, 19-25, 25-22, 25-15.
Emma Richards led Ozaukee’s offense with 12 kills. She added three blocks. Rachel Liermann tallied nine kills.
Sydnie Stadler finished with 18 digs. Sami Kroeger went 13-1 at the service line and tallied 16 digs. Caryn Hamm had 18 assists and made 13-of-14 service attempts. Loren Miller was 16-2 at the service line. Cayleigh Ebersold was 13-1 at the line and finished with 11 assists.
Ozaukee finished 17-18 on the season.
Random Lake leaders included Kendra Bullard with 24 kills and 34 digs. Leah Armstrong had 18 digs, 47 assists and was 18-2 in service attempts.
CG-B’s season ends at Sevastopol
No. 9-seeded Cedar Grove-Belgium lost at No. 8-seeded Sevastopol in an opening Division 3 playoff match on Oct. 17, 25-13, 25-19, 25-16.
“We did not play our best,” coach Chris Holzer said.
“We played well throughout the year. I wish we could have gone further but Savastapol played very well.”
Megan Gonwa had 14 digs and Amanda Meerdink had six kills.