Milton High senior Chloe Buescher went from potentially not playing volleyball as a freshman to being one of the area’s top hitters and eventually a six-rotation player who gained the ultimate respect of her Badger South Conference opponents.
Three-year selections Amanda Carlson of Janesville Craig, Walworth Big Foot's Kampbell Hehr and Brodhead's Abbey Johnson highlight The Gazette's all-area volleyball team.
Janesville Craig volleyball players Taylor Salmon and Amanda Carlson were named to the all-Big Eight Conference first team for the second straight season.
A recap of championship Saturday at the state volleyball tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay
The season came to an end Thursday night for Milton High's girls volleyball team. The Red Hawks were swept 3-0 by defending state champion Burlington in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal match.
Elkhorn's boys soccer team hosts Waunakee in a Division 2 sectional semifinal Thursday, while Milton plays top-seeded Burlington in a D1 sectional semi volleyball match at Oregon.
Milton High's girls volleyball team won a Divison 1 regional title Saturday with a 3-1 win over Janesville Craig.
Janesville Craig opened the WIAA Division 1 volleyball tournament with a 25-10, 25-10, 25-14 sweep of visiting Elkhorn on Thursday night, setting up a regional final against Milton on Saturday.
Brodhead High survived a marathon volleyball match Thursday night.
A third-set stumble kept Big Foot's volleyball team from an opening-round sweep, but the Chiefs beat Mayville on Tuesday to set up a regional semifinal with Lake Mills.
The Whippets (16-22) continue playoff action with a regional semifinal game Thursday at top-seeded East Troy.
Kampbell Hehr is graduating early. The Walworth Big Foot senior will graduate in December and then head to Georgia State University in January to begin school and to play volleyball for the Division I school.
Parker improved by one spot over their No. 6 seed. The Vikings went 3-2 in the tournament, including a 23-25, 25-22, 15-12 victory over Madison Memorial in the fifth-place game.
Senior Amanda Carlson piled up a match-high 13 kills, and the Cougars benefited from a litany of Madison Memorial hitting errors in the first two sets of a Big Eight Conference sweep at Craig.
Janesville Parker's volleyball team beat Beloit Memorial 3-1 in a Big Eight Conference regular-season finale Thursday that helped the Vikings finish with a 4-5 record.
Janesville Craig's volleyball team won its eighth match in a row Thursday night, beating visiting Madison West 25-14, 25-13, 25-20.
Kambell Hehr led Walworth Big Foot's girls volleyball team to a Rock Valley Conference sweep over Whitewater on Thursday. The Chiefs won 25-23, 25-20, 26-24.
Despite trailing in each set, Parker swept visiting Madison West, 25-18, 25-23, 25-21, to push its Big Eight Conference record to 4-5.
Craig (33-7, 5-2 Big Eight) recovered after dropping the first set. Amanda Carlson and Lily Stockheimer totaled 15 and 14 kills, respectively, while Taylor Salmon added 51 assists in the win.
Brodhead High senior Abbey Johnson is a three-time first-team all-conference volleyball player who will play for Viterbo at the next level.
Five notable performances from area high school athletes over the past week, and five area events to watch for over the next seven days:
Janesville Craig rebounded from a first-set loss to Whitewater to down the Whippets and complete a 4-0 run through its four-team volleyball tournament Saturday.
Williams Bay defeated Orfordville Parkview 3-0 on Thursday night in a battle for first place in Trailways South Conference girls volleyball.
Janesville Parker's volleyball team hung tough Thursday but suffered a 25-20, 25-17, 25-21 sweep to visiting Middleton.
Ashley East connected for six kills in the fourth set and served the match-clinching ace to help the Spartans finish off the Cardinals 25-12, 25-17, 14-25, 25-14.
The Vikings were on the wrong end of a pair of lopsided sets against visiting Madison East in a Big Eight Conference match. But they rebounded quickly both times, including dominating the fifth set to win 25-21, 11-25, 25-23, 14-25, 15-6.
Cougars cruise to Big Eight sweep
Five notable performances by area high school athletes over the past week, and five events to keep an eye on in the next seven days.
Craig finished 4-3 in the tournament, including a second-place finish in pool play Friday.
In a battle between second-place teams in the Badger South Conference, Milton High's girls volleyball team swept Oregon 25-16, 25-23, 25-15 on Thursday.
Janesville Parker trailed 7-0 to start a Big Eight Conference volleyball match at Madison La Follette on Thursday but rallied to sweep the Lancers 30-28, 25-19 and 25-22.
Sun Prairie swept Janesville Craig 25-15, 25-22, 25-19 in a Big Eight Conference volleyball match Thursday night at Craig.
Upset-minded Deerfield pushed Parkview to its limit during a two-hour marathon. After the Demons won the first two sets, the Vikings stormed back for a 21-25, 15-25, 25-22, 25-15, 15-12 conference win.
Whitewater High's volleyball team was swept by McFarland on Tuesday night but perhaps showed flashes of what to come from a sophomore-heavy lineup waiting to get back to full strength.
Five notable performances in area high school sports from the past week and five events to watch over the next seven days.
Craig, 22-3 overall, returns to Big Eight Conference action Thursday when it hosts Sun Prairie.
The Vikings went 3-2 on the day with wins over Beloit Memorial, Wilmot and host Delavan-Darien. Parker lost to Racine Lutheran and Lake Geneva Badger.
Janesville Craig's volleyball team fell out of first place in the Big Eight Conference with a 3-1 loss to Verona on Thursday night.
Brodhead's girls volleyball team, which is currently earning honorable mention status in the state Division 3 poll, swept Big Foot 25-22, 25-13, 25-19 on Tuesday to open league play.
Senior setter Taylor Salmon set Craig's single-season and career assists records a year ago, and outside hitter Amanda Carlson has been one of the beneficiaries to become the school's all-time leader in kills.
The Red Hawks did not lose a set in finishing 6-0. Host Parker was second at 5-1, with its only loss to Milton by scores of 25-10 and 25-12.
Amanda Carlson set the all-time school record for kills to lead Janesville Craig's volleyball team to a 3-0 Big Eight Conference win over Janesville Parker on Thursday night.
Verona, which is honorable mention in the latest Division 1 state volleyball poll, swept Parker 25-10, 25-16, 25-14 on Tuesday.
Janesville Craig breezed to a 3-0 victory over host Beloit Memorial in a Big Eight Conference girls volleyball opener Tuesday night.