Top-ranked Oostburg

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


BECCA YOUNG of Howards Grove tries to hit the ball over Oostburg’s Jo-Leigh VerVelde in Tuesday night’s CLC volleyball match. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley BECCA YOUNG of Howards Grove tries to hit the ball over Oostburg’s Jo-Leigh VerVelde in Tuesday night’s CLC volleyball match. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley HOWARDS GROVE — Strong net play sparked the Oostburg Lady Dutch past the Howards Grove Tigers 25-16, 25-20, 25-17 in a battle of girls volleyball heavyweights before a packed gym here Tuesday night.

Oostburg, the two-time defending Division 3 state champion and No, 1-ranked team in the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association D-3 poll, upped its first-place Central Lakeshore Conference dual record to 8-0 (30-3 overall). The Tigers, ranked No. in D-3, dropped to 6-1 in the CLC (24- 6 overall). Howards is in second place in the league.

“I was very pleased. We were solid and we executed nicely,” said Oostburg head coach Scott Greupink.

“It was a streaky match. We controlled the streaks better than they did. We had strong hitting and blocking. Winning at the net is really helpful. Howards Grove makes it hard at the net.

“Both teams played so hard. The environment was great. You could feel the energy,” Greupink said.

“You need to bring your A game to beat a team like that and we didn’t,” said Tiger head coach Brett Damrow.

“We made mistakes but they forced some of our mistakes and I give them credit. They’re a lot deeper than I thought. They bring more intensity and are more experienced. Their experience definitely paid off.

“They played very well and we didn’t play our best,” Damrow said.

Hitting, blocking and serving errors hurt the Tigers.

“We didn’t have a strong match at the net. We didn’t have a single block kill. We didn’t press enough at the net [on block attempts],” said the Tiger coach.

“Everyone played so hard. I was very pleased with our heart and how we fought.”

Jo-Leigh VerVelde led the Lady Dutch in kills with 12 and assists, 20. Maranda Huibregtse had a team-high 19 digs. Megan Daane contributed 17 assists.

Ali Schueler paced the Tigers in kills with 17 to go with 21 digs. Valerie Free led in digs with 22.

Autumn Risch had a team- high 32 assists for Howards, plus 11 digs. Lyndsay Peterson had 15 digs and Becca Young contributed nine kills.

“The crowd was great. I thank the community for their support,” Damrow said.

“I really feel that everyone on the court did their job well,” said Greupink.

“The girls were all focused. It was a great team effort.

“I loved the energy level that the team brought [on defense],” said the Oostburg coach.

The Tigers and Lady Dutch will meet again in the CLC Tournament next week.


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