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Janesville Parker volleyball takes Middleton to limit

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Gazette Staff
September 3, 2010

Janesville Parker High School’s up-and-coming girls volleyball team did everthing but knock off defending champion Middleton in a Big Eight opener here Thursday night.


The Vikings jumped to a 2-0 lead with 28-26 and 25-21 wins, but the visiting Cardinals rallied to pull out a 3-2 match victory with 25-11, 25-19 and 15-13 wins in the last three games.


“Our entire team showed up to play, and we just came up a little bit short,” Parker coach Dave Lehmann said. “Everybody up and down our lineup played well. We just couldn’t get a couple key points in the last game.


“We’ve improved a lot,” he said. “But the problem is, no matter how well we played, it still looks like a loss.”


Paige Demos sparked the Vikings with 18 kills. Samantha Shelton contributed 15 kills and 10 digs, while Lindsey Hoff added 18 digs, and Ashley Ross had 39 saves.


Kasey Williams had 51 assists, and Rachel Eklund had 23 kills to lead Middleton, which was unbeaten in Big Eight duals last season.


Parker (4-4) returns to Big Eight action next Thursday at Beloit Memorial.


MIDDLETON 3, PARKER 2

Middleton 26 21 25 25 15


Janesville Parker 28 25 11 19 13


Middleton leaders: Aces—Claire Simpson, 2. Kills—Rachel Eklund, 23. Digs—Rachael Shulla, 13. Assists—Kasey Williams, 51.


Parker (aces-kills-digs-assists)—Paige Demos, 0-18-0-0; Katie Godding, 0-10-0-1; Samantha Shelton, 0-15-10-0; Sarah Krauter, 0-7-1-0; Ashleigh Hartwig, 0-9-2-1; Erika Whitson, 0-0-5-0; Ashley Ross, 3-4-10-39; Lindsey Hoff, 2-1-18-0; Natalie McDonald, 1-0-10-0; Nicole Popovich, 2-1-13-0.


Junior varsity—Middleton won, 2-1 (25-16, 25-21, 23-25).


Freshmen—Middleton def. Parker Green, 2-1 (18-25, 25-22, 25-22); Middleton def. Parker Gold, 2-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-22).


-- Verona 3, Craig 0—Verona swept visiting Janesville Craig with 25-16, 25-20 and 25-21 wins in a Big Eight opener.


“I was really pleased with how we played,” said Craig coach Blake Budrow, whose team fell to 5-7 for the season.


Budrow said Games 2 and 3 were tied 19-19 before Verona pulled way late.


“Verona’s one of the teams predicted to win the conference,” he added. “I was pleased overall. We did a nice job defensively, and we served pretty well for the most part. We just had trouble in serve reception.”


Haley Bayreuther led the Cougars with four aces, while Amber Vovenmyer had seven kills. Katie Villa led Craig with 12 assists, and Emma Becher added eight.


Craig hosts Sun Prairie in a Big Eight match next Thursday.


VERONA 3, CRAIG 0

Craig 16 20 21


Verona 25 25 25


Craig leaders (aces-kills-assists)—Haley Bayreuther 4-1-0, Ina Pruzinskis 0-2-0, Regan Sitorius 2-1-0, Alli Calkins 0-4-0, Amber Vovenmyer 2-7-1, Emma Becher 3-1-8, Emily Hinman 0-3-0, Katie Villa 2-3-12, Kaylyn Funk 0-2-0.


Junior varsity—Craig won 2-1.


-- Verona individual statistics were not available.




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