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.
Janesville Craig won the Big Eight Conference volleyball tournament and advanced to sectionals last season. With four all-conference players returning, the Cougars should contend in the conference in 2018.
Janesville Parker lacks the front-line height that many Big Eight volleyball teams boast, but the Vikings overcame that at times in 2017 and hope to build on that this season.
A season outlook for area high school girls volleyball teams, including Milton, which is coming off a WIAA Division 1 sectional appearance and boasts eight seniors on its roster.
The Big Foot High volleyball team appeared to have Janesville Craig’s number at the Cougar-Viking Classic.
Janesville Craig and Brodhead each went 5-1 on the first day of play in volleyball tournament play in Janesville on Friday. Parker will join them in the Gold Bracket at Craig on Saturday.
Two area volleyball teams will tangle with a pair of state powers when the WIAA sectional semifinals take place Thursday night.
Amidst the hoopla of Homecoming week and senior night, the Janesville Craig volleyball team remained calm and collected.
Many times, volleyball can be a sport of momentum.