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Rob Reischel
Lily Welti and Middleton’s girls volleyball team finished at at the UW-Oshkosh Titan Tussle last Saturday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Week-by-week, match-by-match, Middleton’s girls volleyball team is showing dramatic improvement.

And the Cardinals took it up another notch last week.

Middleton defeated Verona, 3-0, last Tuesday and toppled Janesville Parker, 3-0, last Thursday. The Cardinals also finished second at the UW-Oshkosh Titan Tussle last Saturday.

Middleton kicked off the week with a 25-15, 27-25, 25-19 win over Verona on “Pink Out” night. Everyone in the stands wore pink to honor those battling breast cancer, and money was raised to donate to the UW Carbone Cancer Research Center. Cardinals’ assistant coach Kathleen Shaffer, a breast cancer survivor, was also Middleton’s honoree for the match.

Lily Welti led the Cardinals with 20 kills and 15 digs, while Jessi Nonn had 22 digs. Jennifer McGinnis had seven kills, three blocks and 13 digs, while Mimi McMurray had three aces, 38 assists and 16 digs. Jordan Gundrum added three aces, four kills and nine digs, and Hannah Flottmeyer had six kills and seven digs.

“It was an exciting match,” Middleton coach Franco Marcos said. “It has been a while since we beat Verona in three straight sets.” 

The Cardinals then defeated Janesville Parker, 25-9, 25-20, 25-16.   

Welti had 15 kills and 16 digs, while Nonn had three aces and 16 digs. McGinnis had eight kills and 18 digs, while McMurray had 23 assists and 11 digs. Gundrum notched five aces and Flottmeyer had four kills and 3.5 blocks.

Middleton then went 5-1 in Oshkosh last Saturday and finished second overall.

“Hats off to our girls who competed down to the last minute, then hurried back for the Homecoming dance,” Marcos said.   

Middleton opened with a 29-27, 25-13 win over Brillion. 

Welti had nine kills, while McGinnis had four kills and seven digs. Gundrum had two aces and four digs, McMurray had 14 assists and five digs and Nonn had eight digs. 

“We started slow and sluggish and got into rhythm as the match progressed,” Marcos said.

Middleton then toppled Suring, 25-20, 25-19.

Welti had 11 kills and 10 digs, while Nonn had two aces and 13 digs. McGinnis had four aces, four kills and eight digs and McMurray had three aces, 18 assists and four digs. 

Gundrum had three aces and seven digs and Flottmeyer added five kills. 

Middleton then completed pool play with a 25-16, 25-20 win over Winneconne. 

Welti had four aces and nine kills, while McGinnis added seven kills and six digs. McMurray had two aces, 18 assists and eight digs, Gundrum had two aces and six digs and

Flottmeyer had five kills.   

Middleton earned the top seed, then bested Antigo, 25-18, 25-21, in the quarterfinals.

Welti had 11 kills and six digs, while Nonn had 13 digs. McGinnis had eight kills and six digs, McMurray had 21 assists and six digs and Gundrum had two aces, two kills and four digs. 

The Cardinals then toppled Chilton, 25-22, 13-25, 15-11. 

Welti had 16 kills and eight digs, while Nonn had 11 digs. McGinnis had eight kills and eight digs and McMurray had 25 assists and nine digs. 

Reagan Thomas added 10 digs and Flottmeyer had five blocks. 

“At that point we were thinking Homecoming, but we dug deeper and were able to pull out the victory,” Marcos said.

In the championship match, Sheboygan North toppled the Cardinals, 25-23, 25-19.

Despite the loss, Welti and McGinnis made the all-tournament team.

“It was a great finals to cap a long day and a great week of Homecoming,” Marcos said. 

• On deck: Middleton was at Madison La Follette Tuesday and at Beloit Memorial Wednesday.

On Saturday, the Cardinals will be at the Menomonee Falls Invite starting at 9 a.m.

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