Girls spikers 3rd at Mukwonago Invite

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Rob Reischel

There is work to be done.

Lots of it.

But Middleton’s girls volleyball team has also shown many signs of promise to begin its season.

The Cardinals won their Big Eight Conference opener over Janesville Parker last Tuesday. Middleton then finished third at the Mukwonago Invite last Saturday.

“We are still trying to get our offense on track,” Middleton coach Franco Marcos said. “The start of the season is going the way I envisioned it. The timing between our hitters and setters is not quite there yet.”

The Cardinals had an impressive showing against Parker, rolling to a 25-20, 25-10, 25-13 win. 

Lily Welti had seven kills, five digs and two aces, while Mimi McMurray had 11 assists and two aces. Logan Welti added 10 kills, five digs and two aces, Elizabeth Keller had 19 assists and Meghan Bayer had eight kills and three blocks.

“We started out a little slow, but increased the tempo and pulled away from them,” Marcos said. “It was a good win to open the Big Eight season.”

Middleton then headed to the Mukwonago Invite, where it reached the gold bracket and eventually settled for third place.

The Cardinals opened with a 25-15, 25-18 loss to Oconomowoc. Lily Welti had six kills, Keller had 13 assists and Meghan Bayer had two blocks. 

Middleton then defeated Menomonee Falls, 14-25, 25-16, 15-11. Lily Welti had eight kills, while Logan Welti had 10 kills and two aces.

The Cardinals followed that with a 25-18, 25-20 win over Waukesha North. Lily Welti had seven kills, while McMurray had nine assists. Maddie Dagitz had eight assists, Logan Welti had six kills, and both Molly Zeinemann and Bayer had three blocks.

Middleton advanced to the gold bracket, where host Mukwonago toppled the Cardinals, 25-16, 25-18. Lily Welti had nine kills, Logan Welti had five kills and McMurray added 12 assists.

Middleton then toppled Howards Grove, 25-20, 23-25, 15-9 in the third place match. Lily Welti had 10 kills, while both Logan Welti and Bayer had five kills. McMurray also had 25 assists and three aces.

“It was a great final match to get everyone in,” Marcos said.

Overall, Marcos believes his team is headed in the right direction.

“The big worries are our unforced errors,” Marcos said. “We are committing way too many hitting errors, but these errors are easily corrected as the season goes on. 

“We want the girls to remain aggressive, yet continue to develop alternate shots out of system situations. So the worries are temporary. We played some top teams and we have some quality wins. We just need to keep improving and stay healthy.”

• On deck: Middleton hosted Verona Tuesday, then is at Madison East Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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