Falls downs PHS in regional finals

by Steve Ottman Review Correspondent


COURTNEY MILZ of Howards Grove tries to block a hit by a Valders opponent during Thursday’s regional volleyball match. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley COURTNEY MILZ of Howards Grove tries to block a hit by a Valders opponent during Thursday’s regional volleyball match. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley SHEBOYGAN FALLS – The Sheboygan Falls Falcons won their first girls regional volleyball title since 2010 with a 25-14, 25-20, 21-25, 25-22 victory over arch-rival Plymouth here Saturday night.

Falls and Plymouth have met seven times in the last eight regional playoffs with the Falcons winning five straight times 2006- 10, with the Panthers’ only win was in 2011.

Plymouth, a No. 3 seed, finished its season at 29-9 overall.

The No. 2-seeded Falcons (26- 14 overall) will face No. 1-seeded Kettle Moraine Lutheran in Division 2 play at Plymouth Thursday at 7 p.m. in a sectional semifinal matchup.

“We came out hot and shut down their hitters,” said first-year Falcon head coach Christy Kohlhagen. “It was important to have a good start. The last game was a classic battle.”


KAILY MOEGENBURG (right) and Nikki Reil of Plymouth try to block a hit by a Chilton player in Thursday’s regional volleyball match. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley KAILY MOEGENBURG (right) and Nikki Reil of Plymouth try to block a hit by a Chilton player in Thursday’s regional volleyball match. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley “This was a good matchup of two even teams,” said Panther head coach Peggy Huhn. “Falls was stronger in games one and two, however three and four we played better with a fight to the end.”

In the fourth game, the Falcons and Panthers tied 12 times – taking the game to 20-20 when Plymouth edged out to a 22-20 lead late. Falls rallied for the last five points to take the final game 25-22 as sophomore Kimberly Schwobe’s kill scored the final point.

“We came out focused tonight,” said Falcon senior Jessy Liebelt. “We played well as a team.”

The Falcons gained the advantage with a commanding 25-14 win in game one with an eightpoint run to finish out.


NIKKI REIL, Plymouth senior, attempts to spike the ball past Chilton’s Marissa Moehn (19) in Thursday’s regional volleyball match. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley NIKKI REIL, Plymouth senior, attempts to spike the ball past Chilton’s Marissa Moehn (19) in Thursday’s regional volleyball match. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley In the second game, Falls jumped out to an 18-10 lead, only to see Plymouth tie them at 18-18. The Falcons went on to win 25-20.

The Panthers refocused in game three with a comeback midway in the match. Falls led early 9-6, but PHS rallied to go up 11-10. The Falcons tied the match twice at 14- 14 and 16-16.

Amber Kimme and Tasha Rabe finished out serving to close with a 25-21 win.

The Panthers’ statistical leaders included: kills – Kaily Moegenburg 13 and Kathryn Aukerman 12; ace serves – Mackenzie Haese four; serving – Moegenburg 19- for-19; assists – Mary Albert 27; and digs – Alyssa Uribe 15 and Moegenburg 12.

Falcons senior Maria Mueller finished with a team-high 18 assists and 10 kills. Schwobe added 17 assists and three service aces. Junior Rachel Gremminger had a team-best 16 digs.

“I’m happy with the way the seniors played this season. We had a good season to finish 11-3 for second place in the conference,” said Huhn.

“I just wish that we could played longer. Falls has played us tough every time. It really is heartbreaking for our seniors but they did play well and left it all out on the court.”


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