Girls spikers 5th at Oshkosh tourney

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Rob Reischel
Elizabeth Keller and Middleton's girls volleyball team finished fifth at the UW-Oshkosh tournament last Saturday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s girls volleyball team tied for fifth at the 16-team UW-Oshkosh tournament last Saturday.

Meghan Bayer had a terrific performance and was named to the all-tournament team.

Middleton opened with a 25-8, 25-14 win over Ripon. Bayer led the Cardinals with eight kills, while Elizabeth Keller had four aces and 13 assists and Morgan Roberts had five aces and six digs. 

Pewaukee then edged Middleton, 25-17, 23-25, 15-12.

Bayer had seven kills and two blocks, Logan Welti had eight kills and 11 digs and Mimi McMurray had 17 assists.

“It was a close match,” Middleton coach Franco Marcos said.

Middleton then defeated Lakeshore Christian, 25-11, 25-13.

Elizabeth Keller had two aces and 11 assists, while Logan Welti had 11 kills and nine digs. 

In the quarterfinals, Marshfield toppled the Cardinals, 25-14, 25-18.

Logan Welti led Middleton with six kills and eight digs, Lily Welti had four kills and five digs, Mimi McMurray had eight assists and Elizabeth Keller had six assists.

“We just couldn’t get in a rhythm after lunch,” Marcos said.

Middleton also dropped a 25-22, 25-12, 25-22 decision to Sun Prairie last Thursday. The loss makes it virtually impossible for the Cardinals to now win the Big Eight Conference title.

Logan Welti led the Cardinals with 12 kills and eight digs, while Lily Welti had eight kills, seven digs and two aces. Roberts had nine digs, Keller had 19 assists and seven digs, and Bayer had five kills and two blocks.

“We expected a better performance than even though we knew that Sun Prairie was ranked and is one of the teams to beat in the Big Eight,” Marcos said. “Our hitting percentage was decent, but we did not score enough points to win the match.”

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