ELROY – An opponent finally broke through to win a single set, but the Royall volleyball team still extended its win streak to four matches and remained undefeated in October.
The Panthers started their latest streak with a three-set win over New Lisbon in their final game of September. They’ve since followed with wins over Brookwood, Wonewoc-Center and Cashton.
Royall played at Brookwood on Oct. 3 to earn a pair of three-set wins. McKenzie Baeseman had 19 kills; Emma Gruen had 17 assists and Savanah DeWitt had eight digs for the Panthers in their win (25-11, 25-21 and 25-15) over Brookwood. They then cruised to a win (25-15, 25-9 and 25-19) over the Wolves. Baeseman had 19 kills and Gruen had 19 assists for the Panthers; Riley Nielsen led the Wolves with 19 digs and 16 assists.
On Thursday, the Panthers had their set win streak ended at 11 but still earned another win. They defeated Cashton (25-18, 25-10, 23-25 and 25-10) to earn their fourth consecutive win. Baeseman had 44 kills and 12 digs for Royall; Gruen had 42 assists.
The Panthers improved to 19-12 overall and remained atop the Scenic Bluffs Conference standings with an 11-1 mark.
New Lisbon 0
The Cardinals earned the win (25-20, 25-20 and 25-18) in the first match of October for both teams, in a triangular at Hillsboro on Oct. 3.
Kyra Saylor had 11 kills; Miah Hansen had 10 digs and Lindsey Murphy had 17 assists for Necedah. Callie Bever led the Rockets with 15 kills and 11 assists and Taylor Bever had 10 digs; both served two aces.
Wonewoc-Center 3, New Lisbon 2
The Rockets and Wolves needed extra play to decide two of the sets before a close tiebreaker gave Wonewoc-Center the advantage on Thursday.
The Wolves won the opening set (25-22) and the Rockets responded with a 25-23 win in the second set before back-to-back extended sets. The third set went to the Wolves (34-32) but the Rockets forced a tiebreaker with a 29-27 win in the fourth set.
Wonewoc-Center then edged New Lisbon 16-14 in the decisive fifth set.
Abby Field had 16 kills and six aces for the Wolves; Riley Nielsen had 35 kills and 25 assists. Megan Brooner had 14 kills; Taylor Bever had 15 digs and Callie Bever had 16 assists for New Lisbon.
New Lisbon won its first two matches of the invitational before a close loss to the event host on Saturday.
The Rockets earned two-set wins over Weston (25-9, 25-12) and De Soto (25-15, 25-16) before facing the Panthers. Kickapoo won the opening set (26-24) but New Lisbon forced a tiebreaker by winning the second set 25-19). A win was within a point for either team in the tiebreaker, but the Panthers finished with the 16-14 edge.
New Lisbon moved to 10-12 overall and was 3-9 in the Scenic Bluffs Conference.
Nekoosa 3, Mauston 1
The Golden Eagles voided a three-set sweep but Nekoosa still got the win.
The Papermakers won the first two sets of the match (25-17, 25-19) before Mauston broke through for a 25-21 win in the third. Nekoosa secured the win in the following set however, with a 25-9 decision.
Kayli Salzwedal had 20 digs for the Golden Eagles; Emma Incaprero had 12 assists and Donna Curran had four blocks.
Mauston dropped to 8-18 overall and was 3-5 in the Scenic Bluffs Conference.
North Crawford Tournament
The Wolves broke through for their second win of the season in Saturday’s tournament.
Following a two-set loss to Belmont in its opener, Wonewoc-Center earned a two-set win over Belmont, 25-23, 25-16.