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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 20:12

Ozaukee, CG-Belgium each have two players honored in all-conference voting By Ozaukee Press staff

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s volleyball team had big shoes to fill after seven seniors graduated last year, and three Rockets stepped up big time.
Ozaukee nearly pulled off a .500 season, led by a senior and a freshman.
Big East Conference coaches recognized those five players’ outstanding performances with postseason honors.
The Rockets’ Megan Gonwa made first team all-conference as a defensive specialist, and Jessica Rose and Amanda Meerdink earned honorable mention.
SYDNIE STADLER (CR) s1101717321Warrior senior Emma Richards and freshman Sydnie Stadler each made the second team.
Gonwa led the team with 386 digs on the season, 210 in conference. She served 56 aces, 41 in Big East play.
Rose made 147 digs and 104 in the conference. She fired off 28 aces.
Meerdink had 164 kills on 307 attempts, going 105-for-200 in the conference, for a .391 percentage on the year.
Coach Chris Holzer said their play went well beyond the numbers.
“Our three seniors were leaders in every aspect of the game. Their attitudes and determination pushed the young team in the right direction and helped some of the underclassmen to perform,” he said.
“We may not have won state, but after talking with our seniors they were happy with how well we did this season.  Losing seven starters the year before is a difficult hurdle to overcome and these three put the team on their shoulders and pushed us forward.”
Richards had 191 kills for Ozaukee, hitting .394. She also had 75 blocks.
“Emma is a captain and team leader.  She led our team in kills and blocks this season,” coach Paul Jungbauer said.
“Time and time again, one of her timely kills or blocks sparked a big run for us and gave us more energy. She will definitely be missed next season.”
Stadler had 139 kills, hitting .284, and made 216 digs. She served 45 aces.
“Sydnie was second on our team in kills, second in digs and first in aces,” Jungbauer said.
“As a freshman, she played very well.  She was a six-rotation player, and the sky is the limit for her. She has a great desire for the game and it will be fun to watch her grow as a player in the next three years.”