Girls spikers set for sectionals

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Rob Reischel
Jessi Nonn and Middleton's girls volleyball team meet Sun Prairie in a sectional semifinal Thursday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Survive and advance.

That’s really all that matters at this time of year.

And Middleton’s girls volleyball team is proof of that.

The fourth-seeded Cardinals edged 13th-seeded Madison La Follette, 25-10, 25-23, 20-25, 27-29, 21-19 in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal last Thursday.

Middleton was then much sharper in its regional final last Saturday and toppled La Crosse Central, 25-18, 25-11, 25-18.

Middleton now hosts top-seeded Sun Prairie in a sectional semifinal Thursday at 5 p.m. The winner advances to the sectional final against either second-seeded Waunakee or third-seeded Monona Grove Saturday at 7 p.m. in Verona.

“We played Sun Prairie early in the season and our offense and defense were inconsistent,” Middleton coach Franco Marcos said. “We are playing better volleyball right now and our girls are much more confident than they were when we played Sun Prairie back in early September. We just need to be the better team come Thursday night.”

The Cardinals were the better team against the Lancers — but just barely.

Middleton rolled through the first two sets, then dropped the next two. In the decisive fifth set, the Cardinals fought off four match points before prevailing.

“Based on the seeding, you would think that it would have been an easier match,” Marcos said. “However, this is the third time that we have played them and they put up a good battle. I think it is fair to say that we are battle tested.”

Indeed.

Lily Welti led the Cardinals with 16 kills and 25 digs, while Jessi Nonn had 25 digs and two aces. Jennifer McGinnis had 11 kills, 15 digs, three blocks and and two aces, while Mimi McMurray had 34 assists, 32 digs, two aces and 2.5 blocks,.

Reagan Thomas had 11 digs, Jordan Gundrum had nine aces, six kills and 15 digs and Hannah Flottmeyer had 7.5 blocks.

“We were in total control and then lost our momentum,” Marcos said. “We were on the verge of getting eliminated not once, but four times. Our team fought back and I am very proud of them for showing resilience.”

Middleton then had a much easier time against La Crosse Central. The Cardinals took control of the match in the first set and never looked back.

Welti again led the way with 12 kills and 10 digs, while Nonn had 26 digs. McGinnis had 11 kills and three blocks and McMurray had four kills, 3.5 blocks, 33 assists and 17 digs.

Gundrum had five kills and seven digs, Olivia Farin had 16 digs and Flottmeyer added four blocks.

“We played a good match against La Crosse Central,” Marcos said. “We minimized the unforced hitting and serving errors. We got them out of system and played good defense.”

Now comes what should be a thrilling Thursday night of volleyball.

After Middleton and Sun Prairie meet in one sectional semifinal, Waunakee and Monona Grove square off in another.

“It will be an exciting Thursday night at Middleton,” Marcos said.

 

Oct. 22

Middleton 3, La Crosse Central 0

La Crosse Central ………………. 18  11  18

Middleton ……………………….. 25  25  25

LA CROSSE CENTRAL (leaders): Kills – Jacobson 7. Blocks – Peterson 4. Digs – LaRu 10. Aces – Blank 3. Assists – Blank 10.

MIDDLETON: Kills – Welt 12. Blocks – Flottmeyer 5. Digs – Welt 10. Aces – Welt 2. Assists – McMurray 26.

 

MIDDLETON 3, MADISON LA FOLLETTE 2

Madison La Follette 10 23 25 29 19

Middleton 25 25 20 27 21

LA FOLLETTE: Kills — Turner 14. Blocks — Johnson 2. Digs — Elder 12. Assists — Daggett 30.

MIDDLETON: Kills — Welti 16. Blocks — Flottmeyer 5. Digs — McMurray 32. Aces — Gundrum 9. Assists — McMurray 34.

 

 

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