Clintonville, Weyauwega-Fremont and Marion have advanced to the second round of the state volleyball tournament after opening postseason play Tuesday, Oct. 18, with a subregional win.
Freedom 3, Waupaca 1
FREEDOM – Fourth-seeded Freedom defeated No. 5 Waupaca 25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 25-22.
Team leaders for Waupaca included Nicole Donaldson ( 21 assists); Katie Barlow (27 digs); Carli Navin (23 digs, 15 kills); and Hannah Butkiewicz (10 kills).
“This time, our team actually showed up and gave Freedom a great match,” coach Bret Rodenz said. “The intensity on the court was elevated and we played Freedom tough. Our back row was getting their hands on every ball and gave our team an opportunity to win the match.
“Even though we fell short, our team ended the season on a great effort,” he added. ” I felt it was a great season and a learning one for me as a first-year head coach. We will be losing a lot of seniors and I know that next year, we will have some young girls stepping up to take their place.”
Clintonville 3, Shawano 1
SHAWANO – The sixth-seeded Truckers upset the third-seeded Hawks 25-21, 26-24, 17-25, 25-18 behind 15 kills and 10 digs from Stacey Reinke.
The Truckers will play at No. 2 Fox Valley Lutheran at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in a regional semifinal.
Fox Valley Lutheran 3, New London 0
APPLETON – The second-seeded Foxes ended the season for No. 7 New London by sweeping the Bulldogs. Scores were 25-22, 25-19, 25-16.
Emily Steffanus, Taylor Williams and Lexy Zaddack led New London with eight kills, 17 digs and 13 assists, respectively.
Weyauwega-Fremont 3, Wild Rose 0
WEYAUWEGA – The fourth-seeded Indians swept the fifth-seeded Wilscats 26-24, 25-21, 25-16.
“The girls played steady all the way through the match, but will really have to pick up their intensity level in their upcoming match,” coach Rena Tomaszewski said.
Team leaders included Mariah Hulbert (14 assists. 10 service points); Dani Austreng (two aces, 11 kills); and Teal Tomazewski (2 aces, nine digs, 20 service receptions).
W-F will travel to Oshkosh to face top-seeded Oshkosh Lourdes at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. The winner will advance to a regional final at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 against Menasha St. Mary Central or Stevens Point Pacelli.
Oconto 3, Iola-Scandinavia 1
OCONTO – Laken James had 20 kills and 12 digs to lead the top-seeded Blue Devils over the No. 8 Thunderbirds 25-12, 25-17, 23-25, 25-13.
Stevens Point Pacelli 3, Amherst 0
STEVENS POINT – The top-seeded Cardinals swept the Falcons 25-13, 25-18, 25-14.
Brillion 3, Manawa 0
MANAWA – Sixth-seeded Brillion advanced to the second round by sweeping the third-seeded Wolves 25-23, 25-17, 25-20.
Marion 3, Almond-Bancroft 1
MARION – The fourth-seeded Mustangs took three of four games from the fifth-seeded Eagles. Scores were 25-18, 25-18, 16-25, 25.22.
Kristin Mehlberg led Marion with 25 assists and 10 points. while Alivia Nordeng added 11 points, 45 digs and seven kills.
Marion will travel to Wisconsin Rapids Thursday, Oct. 20, to face top-seeded Assumption in a regional semifinal. The winner of that match will face Port Edwards or Valley Christian for a regional championship at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.
NOTE: Division 1 play begins Thursday, Oct. 20, with regional semifinals. No. 7 Hortonville will host No. 10 Pulaski at 7 p.m. The winner will play Stevens Point or Green Bay West for a regional championship at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.