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By: 
Rob Reischel
Kevin McMahon and Middleton’s boys volleyball team cruised past Madison West last Thursday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

It’s not always sexy.

But more often than not, it’s extremely successful.

Defense, defense and more defense is what Middleton boys volleyball coach Ben White stresses. And it’s usually key for the Cardinals.

That was certainly the case last Thursday, when Middleton rolled past Madison West, 25-9, 25-19, 25-12.

“Easily our best defensive match of the season,” White said. “Madison West has a couple of outside (hitters) that can hit pretty hard and they swing for the fences every time. That leads to more blocks, more digs and more errors by your opponent.”

Senior outside hitter Kevin McMahon led the Cardinals with 18 kills and two aces, while senior middle blocker Blake Sprecher had seven kills. Senior setter Matthew Caamal had 20 assists and sophomore setter Andrew Lepage had seven assists.

Senior outside hitter Jacob Ross had 10 digs, junior outside hitter Ben Miller had nine digs and sophomore libero Thomas Robson added seven digs. Senior middle blocker Pace Balster had four blocks and junior outside hitter Cole Spitler had three blocks.

Middleton raced to a 10-1 lead in Game 1 and cruised to an easy win.

“We extended every rally and only swung for a kill when a good set was there,” White said. “Like I have been saying now for a week, ‘Keep the ball in play, live to see another day.’ I was impressed at how we kept pushing West and didn’t let them back into it at any point in set 1.”

In Game 2, West grabbed an 8-5 lead, forcing White to take a timeout. The Cardinals then finished the game on a 20-11 burst to take a 2-0 lead.

“In set two we tried to get in a slugfest with West and that's not our game,” White said. “I just reminded the boys of how we win games and that our strategy isn't too difficult. Once we relaxed we were able to take the lead at 16-15 and not look back.”

Middleton led Game 3, 15-11. Then the Cardinals closed on a 10-1 run to finish off the Regents.

“I have to say that Kevin McMahon was definitely getting good looks on the outside,” White said. “I know we are trying to balance the sets between Kevin and Blake and get Pace a little more involved, but I cannot blame the setters by feeding Kevin who was on fire. He finished with a season-high 18 kills in the match.  

“Honestly, though, it was our defensive play in the back row that really frustrated West, and then when they did get swings, Cole and Pace combined for seven blocks. It makes me feel good with our lineup right now.”

• On deck: Middleton was at Muskego Tuesday, then hosts a 16-team invite Saturday starting at 9 a.m.

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