Janesville Parker volleyball rallies past Beloit
Janesville Parker’s young Vikings got their ship sailing in the right direction to begin the Big Eight girls volleyball season.
After going 1-13 in the conference last season, Parker High bounced back from a 25-19 setback in the first game here Thursday night with 25-20, 25-9 and 25-23 victories to beat Beloit Memorial, 3-1, for a 1-0 start to the Big Eight race.
“We came out tight, with it being our first home match,’’ Parker coach Dave Lehmann said. “After that, we got it together and did pretty well the rest of the night.
“We’re mostly underclassmen this year,’’ he said. “The kids are working hard, and we’re going to compete better.’’
Katie Godding helped set the pace as the Vikings’ leader in kills 15.
“She really had a good front-row game, both offensively and defensively, and that’s what you like to see,’’ Lehmann said. “Lindsey Hoff (15 digs) and Nicole Popovich (11 digs) had excellent games, too.’’
Parker returns to action at home Tuesday with a Parents Night match against Madison East.
PARKER 3, BELOIT 1
Beloit Memorial 25 20 9 23
Janesville Parker 19 25 25 25
Beloit leaders—Kills: Katie Eldred, 12. Digs: Katie Sanders, 20; Assists: Hailee Lawver 12.
Parker (aces, kills, digs, assists)—Jackie Ludois, 0-0-0-0; Danyel Uschan, 1-0-1-20; Amber Benedict, 3-0-7-1; Sarah Krauter, 0-9-4-1; Erika Whitson, 1-6-6-0; Sami Sheldon, 0-11-0-0; Lindsey Hoff, 5-1-15-0; Ashley Hartwig, 0-12-0-0; Nicole Popovich, 1-0-11-0; Kari Krauter, 0-0-0-0; Katie Godding, 2-15-4-0; Ashley Ross, 0-0-4-20.
Junior varsity—Parker won, 3-0 (25-11, 25-10, 26-24).
Freshmen—Parker Gold def. Beloit Purple, 3-0 (25-22, 25-11, 25-17). Parker Green def. Beloit White, 3-0 (25-11, 25-10, 25-9).
n Sun Prairie 3, Craig 0—The host Cardinals battled back from an 8-0 deficit in game one to sweep Janesville Craig in the Big Eight Conference opener.
Despite six service aces from Kelsey Kennedy, the Cougars couldn’t overcome a rash of mistakes.
“For the most part, we played pretty well,” Craig coach Blake Budrow said. “We just made too many crucial mistakes at the wrong time.
“We got off to a great start, but then we couldn’t handle Sun Prairie’s serve, and that really cost us the first two games.
“In game three, we lost our touch serving. We lost five of 17 serves the last game, and that’s not a good percentage.”
Kennedy had 11 assists to go along with six service aces, while Cassie Marsh led the Cougars with six kills.
Craig is at Beloit Memorial on Tuesday night.
SUN PRAIRIE 3, CRAIG 0
Janesville Craig 17 15 20
Sun Prairie 25 25 25
Craig (aces, kills, assists)—Cassie Marsh, 0-6-0; Emily Hinman, 0-1-1; Kelsey Kennedy, 6-1-11; Chelsea Sheedy, 0-1-0; Amber Bovenmyer, 0-2-0; Ashley Kamholz, 1-3-0; Emma Becher, 2-0-4; Erica Mortensen, 0-1-0; Michelle Straw, 0-3-0; Taylor Sitorius, 0-1-0; Regan Sitorius, 0-1-0.