Edgerton earns rubber match with McFarland
EDGERTON--The Edgerton High volleyball team saw its long winning streak come to an end this past weekend at the Rock Valley Conference Tournament.
The Crimson Tide hope they got back on track for a new one Tuesday. And they earned a rubber match with league rival McFarland in the process.
No. 3-seeded Edgerton never trailed in its WIAA playoff opener, winning a regional quarterfinal home match 25-12, 25-16, 25-6 against 14th-seeded Turner. The Crimson Tide will host the sixth-seeded Spartans in a regional semifinal match Thursday.
"It was good to have everyone back out there. Everyone knew what they were doing again, and it just flows easier," said senior Bethany Oren, who led Edgerton with four blocks in the victory.
The Crimson Tide were missing a couple players during the conference tournament but were back at full strength to begin the playoffs.
It showed from the start.
In the first game, Edgerton led just 4-3 early but used a 12-2 run from there to pull away. Senior Ashlyn Oren had five of her match-high 21 kills during that stretch that set the tone for the night.
"I didn't think early in the match we played very clean, but then we were able to focus and did what had to be done," Edgerton coach Sharon Fox said. "The girls looked like they were back together, and we'll see what we can accomplish moving forward."
The second game was much like the first. The Tide led 7-4 when they put together a 12-3 run to break it open. Turner never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.
And the third was all Edgerton, as it raced out to a 15-1 lead by scoring 10 points on the serve of Bethany Oren.
Senior Jessica Danks dished out 26 assists for the Tide, while freshman Carly Rebman had 12 digs.
Senior Camila Hallman had seven kills, six digs and three assists for Turner.
Edgerton earned a rematch with McFarland. The Tide won the regular-season matchup between the teams in five sets, but the Spartans prevailed during the conference tournament, ending Edgerton's 11-match winning streak.
"I think we'll all be excited," Bethany Oren said. "It was a close fifth game here (during the regular season), and we were super psyched.
"I feel like we have some tricks up our sleeve that we can really use to our advantage."
Thursday's match is set for 7 p.m.
EDGERTON 3, TURNER 0
Turner 12 16 6
Edgerton 25 25 25
Leaders: Aces--Olivia Mikkelson (T) 2, Daley Wilson (T) 2, Ashlyn Oren (E) 3, Olivia Brittan (E) 3. Kills--Camila Hallmann (T) 7, Oren (E) 21. Digs--Carolyn Johnson (T) 8, Carly Rebman (E) 12. Assists--Gracie DeZwarte (T) 10, Jessica Danks (E) 26. Blocks--Bethany Oren (E) 4.
Last updated: 11:10 pm Tuesday, October 17, 2017