The Reedsburg prep volleyball team had home court advantage on Oct. 6 when the Beavers hosted the Badger North Conference Tournament and took fourth place.
Reedsburg, which was seeded fifth going into the tournament, went 2-3 on the day and had a highlight sweep over rival Baraboo.
“We had a great day at the conference tournament. We were excited to finish in the top two in our pool to advance to the championship bracket. The Badger North is a strong conference and to get in the top bracket as one of the top four teams is an accomplishment.”
After soundly defeating Portage 25-17, 25-17, the Beavers took on the Thunderbirds, who had swept them in a conference match earlier in the year. Reedsburg got its revenge, edging out the first set 27-25 before rolling to a 25-12 second set win over the T-Birds. Reedsburg went on to fall 25-16, 25-18 to eventual tournament champion Waunakee to take second in its pool.
In the championship bracket, the Beavers went toe-to-toe with DeForest, taking the first set 25-21 only to fall 25-9 in the second. It all came down to the final set, where the Norskies started strong and won it 15-8 to take the match.
“We knew our matches in this bracket would push us but I feel we responded well to the challenges. Our DeForest match saw us winning the first set 25-21, but then some inconsistency in serve receive and offensive opportunities left us short in both the second and third sets,” Green said.
Reedsburg was outmatched in height against Mount Horeb in the ensuing third place match. The Beavers still held their own however, falling 25-23, 27-29, 15-9.
“All day long we were playing teams with considerably more height than we have,” Green said. “The girls knew they had to be aggressive with their overall play and get after the ball. They can be proud of the way they played and competed throughout the day.”
Reedsburg had a lot of offensive contributors, as Alyssa Straka racked up 28 kills followed by Kaitlyn Zunker with 25. Mahra Wieman and Delaney Horkan added 24 apiece, while Rachel Schmitt set everyone up with 104 assists. Defensively, Ciara Grundahl amassed 65 digs, followed by Macie Wieman (50) and Horkan (32). Straka led in blocks with six.
Reedsburg 3, Beaver Dam 1
The Beavers were fighting for their Badger North Tournament seed on Oct. 4 when they played host to Beaver Dam. Reedsburg played with intensity, recording a 25-22, 25-13, 15-25, 25-23 conference victory.
“Beaver Dam brought some quick attacks out of their middles and had decent size on their front row,” Green said. “They were a very scrappy team. I felt we had a pretty balanced attack throughout the night and forced them to send back a number of free ball opportunities for us to capitalize on.”
Macie Wieman led the attack with 12 kills followed by Zunker (11), Straka (10) and Mahra Wieman (10). Schmitt led in assists with 37, while Macie Wieman racked up 19 digs followed by Grundahl with 18.
“Defensively we played a decent match and had a number of good rally exchanges with Beaver Dam,” green said. “Beaver Dam is a team that does not quit. They’ve played a couple matches where they lost the first two sets and then came back to win the match in five sets. I knew we could not let that happen to us.”
Fort Atkinson 3, Reedsburg 0
The Beavers didn’t play to their full potential on Oct. 9 when they traveled to Fort Atkinson and were swept by the Blackhawks.
Reedsburg struggled to get things going throughout the non-conference match, falling 25-17, 25-18, 25-11. Zunker and Straka had six kills apiece to lead the offense followed by Macie Wieman with five, while Schmitt had 20 assists. In digs, Macie Wieman led with 15 followed by Grundahl with 13.
“It was a frustrating night of volleyball,” Green said. “On Saturday at the conference tournament, there were a number of good things happening against some strong teams. We were certainly not displaying that same level of play against Fort Atkinson. I feel that this was a match with a lot of potential for us. But we seemed to be out of sync most of the night. We had a number of breakdowns that provided Fort Atkinson with opportunities to score and they took advantage of them.”
Reedsburg (19-13 overall, 5-7 Badger North) will host Milton on Oct. 11 for the regular-season finale. The Beavers grabbed the ninth seed for the postseason, which will begin with a regional on Oct. 16.
Championship: Waunakee def. DeForest, 25-15, 25-18.
Third place: Mount Horeb def. Reedsburg, 25-23, 27-29, 15-9.
Fifth place: Beaver Dam def. Baraboo, 23-25, 25-23, 15-4.
Seventh place: Sauk Prairie def. Portage, 21-25, 25-13, 15-12. Semifinals — Waunakee def. Mount Horeb, 25-15, 22-25, 15-10; DeForest def. Reedsburg, 21-25, 25-9, 15-8.
Pool play — Pool A: Waunakee 3-0, Reedsburg 2-1, Baraboo 1-2, Portage 0-3. Pool B: DeForest 3-0, Mount Horeb 2-1, Beaver Dam 1-2, Sauk Prairie 0-3