Craig volleyball rallies three times to top Parker
JANESVILLE Youth was served at Thursday night's Janesville Craig vs. Janesville Parker girls volleyball match.
Craig High, with six underclassmen in the starting lineup, swept the Vikings, 3-0, in a Big Eight Conference tilt.
The Cougars (2-6) fell behind early in all three games but stormed back in winning 25-20, 25-19, 25-20.
"We finally played tonight like we did a couple of weeks ago," Craig coach Blake Budrow said. "That means we communicated well on the court, had good passing and finished plays.
"The girls played with some passion and were excited tonight. When they play to their ability, things look good."
Parker (1-7) led 7-3 in Game 1, 6-2 in Game 2 and 7-3 in Game 3 but could not sustain any momentum. Craig's Meghan Hulen served seven straight points in Game 2 as the Cougars pulled away from a 10-10 tie to take a 17-10 lead. The Vikings got no closer than three after that in Game 2.
Morgan Meinders served seven straight points for Craig in Game 3 as her team erased a 10-6 deficit to take a 13-10 lead. Parker got within 21-18, but two unforced Viking errors spoiled any hopes of a comeback.
"We didn't play bad, but Craig deserved to win. They made a few less mistakes and played a little better than we did," Parker coach Dave Lehmann said. "We didn't get to a couple of balls here or there, and that's a couple of points they get that you don't.
"The momentum definitely swung the other way, and Uncle Mo went to the wrong side of town. We're comparable teams, but close doesn't count. Craig earned the win."
With two freshmen and a sophomore in the starting lineup, Craig spread the wealth around statistically. Junior Regan Sitorius had 13 kills for the Cougars, and junior setter Katie Villa finished with 32 assists while doing a masterful job directing the offense. Sophomore Alli Calkins added nine kills, with freshman Aly Raymond and McKenzie Bertagnoli combining for 11 kills.
"We've had our growing pains, but we're definitely improving week to week," Budrow said.
Ashley Hartwig had 26 kills for the Vikings, while Ashley Ross had 11 assists, eight kills, five digs and one ace.
CRAIG 3, PARKER 0
Janesville Parker 20 19 20
Janesville Craig 25 25 25
Parker (aces, kills, digs, assists)—Claire Gorman, 0-4-0-0; Dani Fugate, 0-6-5-0; Maddie Clarke, 0-6-5-0; Karli Doerr, 0-0-1-0; Natalie McDonald, 1-1-9-0; Rachael Hearn, 0-0-1-4; Hannah Flister, 0-0-1-0; Karlee Fowler, 0-3-2-0; Ashley Ross, 1-8-5-11; Ashley Hartwig, 0-26-6-0; Claire Fox, 1-6-8-13; Jackie Shepler, 0-0-0-1; Gabby Lawrence, 0-0-1-0.
Craig (aces, kills, assists)—Meghan Hulen, 1-0-0-0; Maddie Phillips, 1-0-0-0; Regan Sitorius, 0-13-0; Alli Calkins, 0-9-0; Kristi Crandall, 2-0-0; Morgan Meinders, 2-0-0; Aly Raymond, 0-5-0; McKenzie Bertagnoli, 0-6-0; Nicole Kelly, 0-1-0; Katie Villa, 2-0-32; Kaylyn Funk, 0-3-0.