Manawa volleyball teams prepare for conference play
By Corrie Ziemer
Manawa volleyball teams closed out preconference play during the first week of school.
BOWLER – The varsity and C teams traveled to Bowler Sept. 1 for a triangular. The varsity team played Bowler and Wisconsin Valley Lutheran, while the C team faced off against Bowler and Gresham.
This was the first night of competition for the C team and they did a great job, winning both of their matches. The varsity finished 1-1, beating Wisconsin Valley Lutheran and falling to Bowler in five sets.
The Wolves opened play against Wisconsin Valley Lutheran and won the first two sets fairly easily, 25-21 and 25-13. The Wolves struggled to get their offense started in the third set and WVL won 25-13. Manawa fought back in set four and won the match 25-21.
Left-side hitter Alissa Suehs led the Wolves with eight points (six kills and two aces), followed by Ellen Field (four aces and three kills); Claire Kreklow and Chloe Koehn (six points); and Harmony Rice (five points).
Other team members that scored points included Haley Reierson and Carlee Zander (four); Mandy Krueger and Jorja Rose Brennan (three); and Skye Amador (two).
Kreklow and Amador led the team with 10 and nine assists, respectively, while Reierson served 10-for-10 from the service line and tied McKenzie Zielke for the most digs with 16. Suehs and Zander finished with 11 and 10 digs, respectively, while Brennan, Koehn and Sophie Forbes served 100 percent.
Hot temperatures and fatigue seemed to plague the Wolves in the second match. After playing Wisconsin Valley Lutheran to four sets, the Wolves faced off against the Panthers, who had been resting for the entire previous match.
Playing three straight hours of volleyball seemed to wear on the Wolves and the Panthers took advantage. Even though Manawa won the first set 25-17, Bowler fought back in the next two by identical 18-25 scores.
The Wolves were determined to take the match to the fifth and final set and, through pure tenacity, pulled out the fourth set 25-23. Unfortunately, missed serves helped give the Panthers an easy win and they took the last set, and match, 15-5.
Koehn led the Wolves with nine kills; Kreklow added six kills and an ace; and Rice had five kills and a solo block.
Other point contributors included Suehs and Zander (five); and Field, Brennan and Amador (one). Krueger had 13 assists for the match and Suehs and Forbes each had 12 digs. Brennan helped her team with 11 digs, while Reierson had 10.
Manawa opened Central Wisconsin-8 Conference play Sept. 8 at home against Weyauwega-Fremont. The Wolves took an 8-3 record into the match.
New London Invitational
NEW LONDON – The Wolves opened the season Aug. 25 by placing third at a five-team tournament in New London.
Manawa faced Waupaca, Green Bay East and Weyauwega-Fremont and finished the day with a 2-2 record.
Nerves seemed to get the better of Manawa in the opening match against New London, as the Wolves served only 74.2 percent from the line, had only six kills and lost the match 25-16, 25-15.
Reierson played a decent game with 100-percent serving and seven digs, while Suehs the team with three points.
The Wolves then swept Waupaca 25-18, 25-22. Reierson served 13-for-13 and Suehs led the team with five points. Kreklow also served 100 percent from the line and Field, Koehn, Zander and Rice helped the team out with three points each.
Manawa then handed Green Bay East a 25-23, 25-16 loss. Reierson, Kreklow and Amador served 100 percent for the match and Zander was the point leader with six, with five of those coming on aces.
By the final match of the day, the Wolves were playing some pretty decent volleyball. They met up against one of their greatest rivals, Weyauwega-Fremont.
The Wolves shocked the Indians 25-21 in the first set. Fatigue seemed to set in in the second set and W-F evened the match with a 25-13 win. Manawa fought hard in the third set, but the Indians picked up a 15-11 win. Kreklow and Brennan each served perfectly for the match; Suehs and Reierson played great defense with nine and eight digs; and Zander was the point leader once again with five.
MARION – Manawa posted a 5-0 record Aug. 28 to win the Marion Invitational for the third year in a row.
The Wolves played in – and won – five sets that were decided by only two points. Their hard work, perseverance, and team play was notable with this accomplishment.
Manawa opened the tournament with a 25-23, 25-19 win over Wisconsin Valley Lutheran. Forbes had eight digs while Kreklow, Krueger and Reierson all served 100 percent from the line and Zander finished with eight points, including six kills and two aces.
Tigerton proved to be the toughest competition of the night. The Wolves fought for a 30-28 win in the first set, while the Tigers took the second 25-18. Manawa fought back and won the match with a 15-12 win in the decisive third set.
Reierson served 100 percent from the line and finished with 20 digs and four points. Kreklow led the team with 10 kills and added seven assists. Krueger had eight assists and Forbes, the team’s libero, finished with 14 digs.
The rest of the night belonged to the Wolves, as they beat Menominee Indian 28-3 and 28-26. Zander had five points in this match; Rice had five block kills; and Kreklow, Suehs, Forbes, Zielke, and Amador were all 100 percent from the service line.
White Lake could not compete with Manawa and the Wolves won their fourth match, 25-15, 25-17. Kreklow, Koehn and Rice had three points, while setters Krueger and Amador each contributed four assists; Zielke led her team in the dig column with eight; and Suehs, Kreklow, Reierson, Laynie Bessette and Zander had 100-percent serving.
Manawa wrapped up the tournament by beating Marion 25-23, 25-13 to finish with a 10-1 set record.
The team served 93 percent from the line, with Suehs, Kreklow, Field, Reierson and Amador all at 100 percent. Reierson and Zander had four points and Amador added three.
Manawa’s junior varsity team also played at the Marion Invitational and went undefeated. It was a great night for Manawa volleyball, with both teams bringing home a trophy.
• Corrie Ziemer coaches the Manawa varsity volleyball team.