Oostburg wins fourth straight County Classic

¦ Tigers place second, Panthers make semifinals


SAMANTHA YANCY of Howards Grove blocks the ball against Plymouth in Saturday’s County Classic volleyball tournament. PHS players are Sophie Gentine (11), Kaily Moegenburg (9) and Mary Albert. — Photo by Roger Albert SAMANTHA YANCY of Howards Grove blocks the ball against Plymouth in Saturday’s County Classic volleyball tournament. PHS players are Sophie Gentine (11), Kaily Moegenburg (9) and Mary Albert. — Photo by Roger Albert SHEBOYGAN – The Howards Grove Tigers gave an excellent effort before falling to two-time defending Division 3 state champion Oostburg in Saturday’s Sheboygan County Classic Girls Volleyball Tournament finals, 14-25, 24-26.

It marks the fourth year in a row that the Lady Dutch have won the County Classic. Oostburg and Central Lakeshore Conference rival Howards were ranked No. 1 and 3, respectively, in last week’s Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association D-3 poll.

Oostburg advanced to the championship match with a 25-18, 25-16 win over the Plymouth Panthers in the semifinals. The Tigers made it to the finals with a comeback win over Sheboygan Falls in the other semifinal match, 19-25, 25-18, 16-14.


KAILY MOEGENBURG of Plymouth attempts to spike the ball over Elkhart Lake’s Rachael Flora (10) and Meghan Clemens during Saturday’s County Classic volleyball tournament. — Photo by Roger Albert KAILY MOEGENBURG of Plymouth attempts to spike the ball over Elkhart Lake’s Rachael Flora (10) and Meghan Clemens during Saturday’s County Classic volleyball tournament. — Photo by Roger Albert “We always look forward to putting our program to the test with all the other programs in the area. It’s a very long day that requires complete mental preparation and focus,” said Tiger head coach Brett Damrow.

“I was really proud of the team how they stuck together in times of stress and how they relied on their training when things got tough.”

Oostburg scored 11 straight points in game one versus Howards. In game two, the Tigers led until the Lady Dutch tied the match, 15-15. Oostburg took advantage of some late Tiger errors to pull out the win.

“We didn’t make the greatest decisions on a couple of things [against Oostburg] but I am very proud of the team,” Damrow said.

“Oostburg is a very good team that we just weren’t able to handle today,” said Panther head coach Peggy Huhn.

“They are strong on the right side as well as the outside. I think we handled their middle very well but that also isn't were they like to set.

“We made a lot of errors and just can't make those kinds of errors when we are playing more competitive teams. It is something we need to address as a team as we move forward in our own season and we begin to see better competition,” said Huhn who was pleased with her team's overall performance in the tourney.

Howards won Pool A with a 5-0 record and PHS was second at 4-1. The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters finished sixth in the pool at 0-5.

Oostburg was the Pool B winner with a 5-0 mark, followed by Falls at 4-1. The top-two teams in each pool advance to the semifi- nals.

The Panthers' only loss in pool play was to Howards, 14- 25, 18-25. PHS defeated Cedar Grove-Belgium (25-7, 25-9), Sheboygan Lutheran (25-19, 17-25, 15-7), Sheboygan South (25-15, 25-23) and Elkhart (25-4, 25-7.

The Tigers' other pool wins came against Elkhart (25-10, 25- 5), Cedar Grove (25-14, 25-9), Lutheran (25-17, 25-18) and South (25-14, 25-16).

Elkhart also lost to Lutheran (10-25, 11-25), Cedar Grove (25- 13, 19-25, 14-16) and South (21- 25, 25-20, 14-16).

The Tigers' statistical leaders for the tourney included: kills – Ali Schueler, 68 and Courtney Milz, 28; assists – Autumn Risch, 135; digs – Valerie Free, 73 and Schueler, 51; ace serves – Free, 11; and blocks – Samantha Tancy, eight.

Plymouth's leaders included: kills – Kaily Moegenburg, 50; assists – Mary Albert, 82; solo blocks – Sophie Gentine, nine; and digs – Alyssa Uribe, 108 and Mckenzie Haese, 75.

Elkhart's leaders included: kills – Emma Feldmann, 16 and Rachael Flora, 13; assists – Emily

Holzmann, 25; digs – Sonia Schubert, 44; blocks – Miranda Sippel, 12; and serving – Sippel, 25-for-26.

“We had a slow start, however the afternoon [matches] showed great promise,” said Resorter head coach Terri Huether.


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