The Reedsburg prep volleyball team is rolling.
After a dominant performance over Sauk Prairie last Thursday, the Beavers kept things going over the weekend, claiming the championship at the Sparta Invitational.
“Overall it was a nice day for the team,” coach Sheila Green said of the invitational on Sept. 8. “The girls made some good connections and decisions on offense throughout the day. Defensively, we were able to get a number of blocking contacts as well as make solid digs to provide scoring opportunities.”
The Beavers went a perfect 5-0 on the day, starting with a 25-4, 25-18 victory over Wonewoc and followed with a 25-10, 25-10 win over Edgar. Reedsburg wrapped up pool play with another easy match, a 25-15, 25-11 win over Mauston. In bracket play, the Beavers edged out a close win over Sparta 25-15, 26-24, which matched them up against Black River Falls in the final. The Tigers played them tough, but the Beavers opened and closed the doors with two-point victories, winning it 27-25, 20-25, 17-15.
“As the scores dictate in a couple of the matches we had to battle through a few very close sets and it was great to see the team maintain composure and stay strong through those sets,” Green said.
Kaitlyn Zunker led the team offensively with 25 kills on the day, followed by Mahra Wieman (24) and Alyssa Straka (21). Wieman led in assists with 47 followed by Rachel Schmitt (33), while Wieman also led in aces with eight. Ciara Grundahl led the defense with 43 digs, followed by Macie Wieman (35) and Mahra Wieman (33). Straka and Zunker combined for 11 blocks.
A couple days earlier, Reedsburg played host to Sauk Prairie where it took down the Eagles 25-22, 26-24, 19-25, 25-13 in a Badger North Conference showdown. The Beavers were sloppy in the opening set, committing 12 hitting errors which goes to show the strength of their defense. Reedsburg led 9-4 early before a couple of Sauk aces and some errors tied it at 12-12. The Eagles took the lead at 15-13 and went up by four, but some big serves from Ciara Grundahl tied the match at 21. A lift call put Reedsburg up by one, while an eventual serve error gave the Beavers the 25-22 win.
Defense was key once again in the second, as the Beavers led 8-3 but errors got in the way as Sauk Prairie started to climb back. An ace from the Eagles cut Reedsburg’s lead to three at 21-18, before a long rally ended with a kill from Mahra Wieman to make it 24-24. Back-to-back errors from Sauk gave the Beavers the final two points.
The Eagles led in set three throughout, showing more energy on the floor. They led 12-3 early, with Reedsburg eventually making a game of it but the Beavers fell by six. The ensuing set was all Reedsburg however, as the Beavers led 10-6 and forced a number of Sauk Prairie errors, going on to win by 13.
“I was pleased with our start and the focus we had in the first set. In the second and third sets a few technical components of the game broke down a bit, but the girls didn’t fold and kept fighting for points. In the final set, they gained their footing and secured the match win,” Green said.
Mahra Wieman and Straka had nine kills apiece to lead the offense, followed by six from Delaney Horkan. Schmitt led in assists with 16 while Mahra Wieman had 13. Defensively, Grundahl led in digs with 22 followed by Mahra Wieman with 16.
Reedsburg’s seven-match winning streak was brought to an end on Sept. 11 when the Beavers traveled to Waunakee and fell in straight sets, 25-12, 25-25, 25-19. Reedsburg was simply no match for the tall Warriors, who seemed to bring the whole package.
“Waunakee brings a solid blocking team to the court. They distribute their offense well utilizing a number of different attack options. We got off to a slow start in set one and gave away three runs of four or more points which can’t be done against a team like Waunakee,” Green said.
Straka led in kills with eight, Mahra Wieman led in assists with 11, while Grundahl led in digs with eight. Reedsburg drops to 1-2 in the Badger North and will look to improve that record on Sept. 13 when it hosts Baraboo.