The Lady Wolves volleyball team competed in their half of the CWC-8 Conference Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 8.
In the tournament they played against the Pacelli Cardinals, Iola-Scandinavia Thunderbirds and Weyauwega-Fremont Indians.
In the first match of the day the Wolves faced off against the hosting Cardinals. Pacelli is a very strong team this year and Manawa played a very good match against them. It was some of the best volleyball the Wolves have played all season. Unfortunately they just could not come out on top. The Cardinals won the match in three intense sets. The first set was the closest with a score of 25-23. The second set’s score was 25-19 and the final set finished 25-22.
Olivia Levezow served very well against the Cardinals. She was not only 14-14 but she also had 5 aces. Krista Braun had an excellent match too. She was the team’s point leader with 12 (8 kills and 4 aces) and also led her team with 12 assists. Middle hitter, Kali Draeger, had 11 points for the game and other point contributors included: left-side hitters, Megan O’Brien and Aimee Drath with 4, Kim Retzke with 2 and Ansley Block with 1. Drath also had 13 digs for the match, while Wendy Kons followed closely behind with 12. Besides Levezow, O’Brien was 100 percent from the line, serving 11 for 11.
In their second match the Wolves played against the Thunderbirds. This match was completely different then their first. Manawa simply could not get themselves going. They played decent defense with Drath having 14 digs and Kons with 10 but struggled on offense. The Thunderbirds won in three sets, 25-19, 25-20, and 25-10. Braun, Draeger and Block each had 4 points while O’Brien contributed 3, Drath and Levezow had 2 and Paige Schernecker had 1. Braun (7-7), O’Brien (7-7), Torrie Dean (7-7), and Retzke (4-4) were all 100 percent from the service line.
In their final match of the day Manawa faced off against Weyauwega-Fremont. These two teams had played each other earlier in the week and had gone a full five-set match with the Indians squeaking out a win. Knowing that they could beat Wega, Manawa stepped up their game and were able to come out on top, 3 sets to 1. In the first set the Indians won 25-18, but in set number 2 things started to turn around for the Wolves. With the score 20 to 18 in the Wolves favor, Danielle Ferg subbed in to serve for a teammate who had struggled previously from the service line. Ferg immediately served up an ace and then finished out the game 25 to 18. In sets 3 and 4 she continued to be an integral part of the team’s victories, serving 100 percent, 14-14, from the line and playing great defense. O’Brien had one of her best matches of the season also. She not only led her team with 22 digs but she also had 11 points. As the team’s main setter, Braun had 36 assists, along with 4 points and 14 digs. With 15 kills and 1 ace, Drath led her team with 16 points, followed closely by Draeger with 14. Other point contributors included: Block (3), Retzke (2), Levezow (2), and Ferg (1).
In their final conference match of the season, the Wolves played host to the Amherst Falcons on Tuesday, October 11. The Wolves easily beat the Falcons, 3-0. It was a great team win with all players getting court time. In the first set the score was 25-19, the second set was 25-18, and the final set was 25-20. Draeger led her team with 10 points while Braun (4), Levezow (3), Block (3), Drath (2), Taylor Remington (1), Schernecker (1), and Retzke (1) also contributed points. Braun had 10 assists for the night and O’Brien led her team with 10 digs. Levezow had another great night from the service line. She was 15-15. Dean (5-5), Kons (5-5) and Jessica Smiles (2-2) were also 100 percent from the line.
With the regular season over the Wolves have begun preparing for the playoffs. They were awarded the third seed in their regional and will host the 6th seeded Brillion Lions on Tuesday, Oct. 18.