Falcons top Panthers in tight EWC battle


KAYLEE KUHN (left) of Plymouth tries to hit the ball over Sheboygan Falls’ Natalie DePagter (middle) and Maria Mueller in Thursday’s EWC volleyball match. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley KAYLEE KUHN (left) of Plymouth tries to hit the ball over Sheboygan Falls’ Natalie DePagter (middle) and Maria Mueller in Thursday’s EWC volleyball match. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Sheboygan Falls Falcons outlasted the Plymouth Panthers 25-22, 31-29, 25-23 in an outstanding match between Eastern Wisconsin Conference girls volleyball arch-rivals Thursday night at the PHS gym.

Falls, which lost to PHS early in the season, raised its EWC dual record to 7-2 (22-11 overall). The Panthers slipped to 6-3 in league action (21-8 overall). The Falcons are in second place behind Waupun while PHS is third.

“The Falls game [match] was a great match to watch. It doesn’t really get much closer than that,” said Panther head coach Peggy Huhn.

“We knew it would be a battle just like our first match when we prevailed. There were very close, very back-and-forth rallies all night long.”

PHS defeated Falls in five games in the first meeting.

“Even with the aggressive serving, I think we serve received very well. Alyssa Uribe and Cara Bardon had a great night in the back row for serve receive,” said Huhn.

“Mary Albert had a great night of set selection. Nikki Reil again was a force in the front row and was able to hold their block well in order for Kaily Moegenburg and Kaylee Kuhn to hit around their block.

“We struggled when that block camped out on the outside and we have to be better at keeping our offense fast and more unpredictable. We tend to set the outside a fair amount which if they camp out there, it is very difficult to hit around the block.

“Sheboygan Falls blocked us well. We will continue to see big blocks like this as the next few weeks go on,” said the coach.

“We are now in third in the conference and will have to battle our way back into second place.”

Erika Van Engen led the Falcons in kills with nine and Maria Mueller had a team-high seven ace serves. Mueller led in assists with 17. Rachel Gremminger paced Falls in digs with 19.

Plymouth’s statistics were unavailable at press time. The Panthers will host Kiel Tuesday night, Oct. 15 in EWC play.


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