Girls spikers split a pair

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By: 
Rob Reischel
Logan Welti and Middleton's girls volleyball team split a pair of games last week/Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s girls volleyball team split a pair of matches last week.

The Cardinals fell to visiting Verona, 3-1, last Tuesday. Middleton then rebounded with a 3-0 win over Madison East last Thursday.

Verona, one of the favorites in the Big Eight Conference, notched an impressive 25-18, 24-26, 25-18, 25-18 win over the host Cardinals.

“The atmosphere in the gym was like a playoff match,” Middleton coach Franco Marcos said. “Both crowds were energetic and both teams put on a show.”

Logan Welti finished with 21 kills and 17 digs for Middleton and had a .348 hitting percentage. Lily Welti had 11 kills and  digs, while Mimi McMurray had 25 assists. 

“Verona has an awesome setter in Victoria Brisack, who is able to confuse the defense and put the ball where she wants it,” Marcos said. “Our blocking definitely needs to improve in order to beat the great teams.  

“We needed to spread their big blockers out to create gaps in their blocks and defense. With our new setters, we were not in a position to run quicker plays. The good news is that we will see them at least two more times this season. We lost to a great team that was better than us that night.”

Middleton then won at Madison East, 25-10, 25-9, 25-9.  

Lily Welti led the Cardinals with seven aces, 10 kills and four digs, while Logan Welti had six aces, nine kills and nine digs. Meghan Bayer had seven kills, Mimi McMurray had three aces and 17 assists, and Maddie Dagitz had eight assists.  

“We had a season high of 20 aces and a hitting percentage of .462,” Marcos said. “Although Madison East has improved, we were able to dominate in all categories of the match.”

• On deck: Middleton is at Madison La Follette Thursday at 6:30 p.m., then hosts the Middleton Invite Saturday beginning at 8 a.m.

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