Girls spikers share Big 8 title

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By: 
Rob Reischel
Hannah Flottmeyer (left) and coach Franco Marcos helped lead Middleton's girls volleyball team to a share of the Big Eight Conference title./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s girls volleyball team had a bevy of goals this season.

One of those was “Knocking Out The Big Eight.”

The Cardinals achieved that goal, earning a share of the Big Eight Conference dual meet title last week. Middleton won a pair of matches and finished the year 8-1 in league dual meets.

Previously unbeaten Sun Prairie also lost to Verona, meaning Middleton, Sun Prairie and the Wildcats all finished 8-1 and tied for the conference title.

It marked the first time since 2012 Middleton won the dual meet title.

“It has been four years since we won the Big Eight tournament and five years since we won the Big Eight Conference duals,” Middleton coach Franco Marcos said. “I am happy for this group of players for accomplishing one of their goals of ‘Knocking Out The Big Eight.’ ”

Middleton opened the week with a 17-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-16, 15-4 over Beloit Memorial last Tuesday.

It was both ‘Senior Night’ and ‘Parents Night’ and the Cardinals played their seniors throughout the first set.

“We started all of our seniors and they got to play the entire first set,” Marcos said. “In order to get all the seniors in the lineup some of them had to play positions that they were not comfortable with. We lost the first set and Beloit maintained the momentum throughout set number two.”

Middleton rebounded, though, and won the next three sets by a combined score of 65-39.

Jennifer McGinnis led the Cardinals with 18 kills, 22 digs and two aces, while Hannah Flottmeyer had 12 kills and 6.5 blocks. Ashley Harris had five aces and 11 assists, while Olivia Farin had 20 digs.

Kayla Underwood had 22 assists, Jordan Gundrum had three aces and 10 digs, and Reagan Thomas had two aces and eight digs.

Middleton also got the help it desired, as Verona defeated Sun Prairie.

“It was sweet to find out at that Verona had defeated Sun Prairie, which meant a win against Madison East and we’d share the Big Eight Conference title,” Marcos said.

Middleton then made quick work of the Purgolders last Thursday, rolling to a 25-14, 25-9, 25-11 win and ensuring its share of the conference title.

McGinnis had nine kills and 13 digs, while Farin had two aces and 13 digs. Flottmeyer had 10 kills and 6.5 blocks, while Underwood had 13 assists.

Harris had 10 assists, Thomas had 12 aces and nine digs, and Lauren Hendricks had five kills.

• On deck: Middleton is at the Big Eight Conference tournament at Janesville Craig Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Marcos will be worried more about getting his team healthy for the postseason than winning the conference tournament.

“The approach for the Big Eight tournament will be to work on game tactics and coverage patterns and give some of our starters a well deserved rest,” Marcos said. “Nothing needs to be settled on Saturday.”

Marcos will also head to the postseason seeding meeting Wednesday.

The WIAA Division 1 regionals will be held Oct. 19 and 21, while sectionals Oct. 26 and 28.

“I am hoping for a (No.) 3 or 4 seed,” Marcos said.

 

 

 

 

MIDDLETON 3, MADISON EAST 0

Middleton..........................25 25 25

Madison East.....................14 9 11

Middleton (leaders): Kills — Flottmeyer 10.

Aces — Thomas 12. Assists — Underwood 13.

Madison East: Kills — Krasniqi 5. Assists —

Buske 9.

 

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