The Lady Trucker varsity volleyball defended their home court on Thursday, Sept. 16, earning an epic five-game victory over the Berlin Indians.
Clintonville lost the first game 18-25, but won the next two closely contested games by scores of 25-23 and 26-24. The Lady Truckers lost the fourth game by a score of 18-25, setting up the decisive fifth game, which Clintonville won, 15-10.
Stacy Reinke led Clintonville with 13 kills, and three ace serves. Erin Richter added 12 kills, three block kills and two ace serves. Nikki Kautz tallied 30 assists and 13 digs.
“The girls played really well tonight,” said Coach Katie Ripley. “While playing at home they were focused and for the most part had control over what they were doing on the court. When it came to the match-deciding game the girls walked out on the court ready to win and you could see it on their faces and they took the match.”
The Lady Truckers hosted the Trucker Invite on Saturday, Sept. 18, placing fourth. Owen-Withe took first, Shawano took second and Abbotsford took third.
Clintonville scored games of 26-28 and 25-18 against Abbotsford, 25-17 and 25-17 against Gladstone, 20-25 and 11-25 against Owen-With, 25-22 and 25-20 against Valders, 25-16 and 25-17 against Marion, 20-25 and 19-25 against Shawano, and 15-25 and 25-19 against Ripon.
Erin Richter had 32 kills and 10 ace serves, while Stacy Reinke added 23 kills, 10 ace serves and 28 digs. Markiesa Westphal had 15 kills and six block kills, and Nikki Kautz tallied 31 Assists, six ace serves and 26 digs. Karena Schroeder notched 45 digs.
“The girls were really up and down today with their level of play,” Ripley said. “Our passes were off and so was our serving and those are very crucial things in this game. But the good thing was that when they were down the broke threw their frustration and either caught up and won or came back the next game and won. Breaking through our frustration is something that we have been working on and the work is starting to pay off.”