It’s still early in the season and the Weyauwega-Fremont volleyball team already has a tournament championship to show for its effort. The Indians won the Omro Invitational Aug. 25 and also posted a 6-3 record at a two-day tournament Aug. 20-21 at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
OMRO – W-F opened the eight-team tournament with a 25-18, 25-11 win over Central Wisconsin 8 opponent Iola-Scandinavia. Team leaders included Bailey Kapitzke with six kills and two aces; Mariah Hulbert with 13 assists; Kelsey Akey with eight service points and two aces; Teal Tomaszewski with 23 digs and 18 service receptions; and Megan Young with four block kills.
W-F then handed Menasha St. Mary Central a 25-16, 25-11 defeat,
“Last year at this same tournament, St. Mary’s defeated us by one point in a tie-breaking decision,” coach Rena Tomaszewski said. “Needless to say, the girls were not going to allow this to happen again.”
Kapitzke and Danielle Austreng had the hot hands in the match with eight kills each. Hulbert put up 30 well-placed assists and added 11 service points. “Teal placed 13 perfect passes and had 16 digs to benefit the offense, while Jordan Krause added two block kills to protect the court,” Tomaszewski said. “The girls did an excellent job of playing a fast-tempo match against the Zephyrs.”
Those two wins put the Indians into the tournament’s Gold Division and they defeated Wild Rose 25-16, 25-12. Austreng led with seven kills and had no errors for a kill average of .538, while Hulbert put up 12 assists, three aces and 19 service points and Tomaszewski added 17 digs and nine service receptions.
The win over the Wildcats put the Indians in the championship match against New Holstein squad. W-F won the first game 26-24, the Huskies took the second 25-21 and the Indians sealed the win with a 15-9 advantage in the third game.
Kapitzke put down 11 kills, Hulbert had 32 assists, Akey had nine service points, Tomaszewski had 23 digs and Young put down four block kills.
“Not only was it incredibly hot in the gym, the girls were playing hot all the way through the tournament,” Tomaszewski said.
OSHKOSH – The Indians played nine matches at the Kolf Sports Center and took second behind Wausau East.
W-F defeated Princeton 25-20, 25-14; fell to Onalaska 23-25, 25-18, 7-15; beat Waukesha North 25-14, 25-12; fell to Medford 25-22, 24-26, 10-15; defeated Johnson Creek 25-12, 25-18; beat Kohler 25-12, 25-16; beat Grafton 21-25, 25-19, 15-10; beat Onalaska 25-21, 25-20; and fell to Wausau East 19-25, 18-25.
Stat leaders for W-F included Hulbert, 67 points with a serving percentage of 93 percent and 102 assists; Akey, 54 assists; Austreng and Kapitzke, 42 and 57 kills, respectively; Maggie Knecht, Morgan Wilson, Sydney DeSantis and Young, double-digits kills; and Tomaszewski, 150 service receptions and 128 digs.
“Kapitzke and Austreng also pushed in their fair share of service receptions and digs to help the Indians run a smooth offense through the two days of tournament,” Tomaszewski said. “We started off a little slow on the first day of the tournament, but we really turned our game around on the second day. The girls are really figuring out what they are capable of and playing well together right now.”
The Indians headed to Little Chute Aug. 28 for a double dual with the Mustangs and Oconto Falls and will open CWC-8 play with a pair of home matches. W-F will host Bonduel Tuesday, Sept. 4, and Stevens Point Pacelli Thursday, Sept. 6. Freshman and junior varsity matches are slated for 6 p.m., with varsity action set to get under way at 7:30 p.m.