Tigers win Sheboygan County Classic


KATHRYN AUKERMAN, Plymouth senior, bumps the ball to the front row against Random Lake in pool play at Saturday’s County Classic Girls Volleyball Tournament. – Photo by Roger Albert KATHRYN AUKERMAN, Plymouth senior, bumps the ball to the front row against Random Lake in pool play at Saturday’s County Classic Girls Volleyball Tournament. – Photo by Roger Albert SHEBOYGAN – The Howards Grove Tigers earned their first Sheboygan County Classic Girls Volleyball Tournament title since 2001 with a 25-19, 25- 15 win over Central Lakeshore Conference rival Oostburg in the finals Saturday afternoon at Sheboygan South.

Oostburg was the four-time defending champion. The Tigers had an impressive run en route to the championship – winning all seven of their matches in straight sets. HGHS won Pool A with a 5-0 record. In the semifinals, the Tigers defeated Random Lake 25-18, 25-20.

“It was a complete team effort all day. We had different athletes step up at different times. The overall key to our day-long success was our mental toughness and ball control,” said Tiger head coach Brett Damrow.

“Oostburg is a talented team, especially when they are in system. We tried our best to put pressure on them and keep them out of system.

“We also focused on limiting our offensive free-balls. A good team like Oostburg will make you pay if you are not aggressive,” said Damrow.

HGHS, 18-2 overall this season, is ranked No. 3 in the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association Division 3 poll and Oostburg is No. 7. The Lady Dutch won Pool B with a 5-0 mark and defeated Sheboygan Falls in the semifinals, 25-8, 25- 16.

The top-two teams in each pool advanced to the semifinals. Falls was second in Pool A with a 4-1 record. Random Lake took second in Pool B at 4-1.


ADDISYN GERBER of Howards Grove scores a tip kill over Elkhart Lake’s Claire Feldmann (1) in pool play at Saturday’s County Classic Girls Volleyball Tournament. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ADDISYN GERBER of Howards Grove scores a tip kill over Elkhart Lake’s Claire Feldmann (1) in pool play at Saturday’s County Classic Girls Volleyball Tournament. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley

The Plymouth Panthers placed third in Pool A with a 3-2 record. The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters finished sixth in Pool A with an 0-5 mark.

In pool play, the Tigers defeated Elkhart 25-12, 25-12; Cedar Grove-Belgium, 25-12, 25- 12; Sheboygan Lutheran, 25-11, 25-12; South, 25-17, 25-8; and Falls, 25-23, 25-17.

Ali Schueler led the Tigers’ attack in the tourney with 64 kills and was second in digs with 92. Samantha Yancy contributed 41 kills.

Autumn Risch paced HGHS in assists with 154. Brittany Schaller had a team-high 95 digs.

“We talked Friday about how much mental strength it would take to compete at our highest level for the entire day on Saturday. There are a lot of talented teams in our area and if you’re not committed to taking one point at a time it will be a long, stressful day,” said Damrow.

PHS beat Sheboygan North 26-24, 25-13; Kohler, 25-16, 25- 8; and Sheboygan Christian, 24- 26, 25-17, 15-13. The Panthers lost to Oostburg, 17-25, 24-26; and Random Lake, 25-20, 23-25 and 12-15.

“A very tight match for us [against Oostburg]. We made a few unforced errors near the end of the second set which prevented us from getting the third set,” said PHS head coach Peggy Huhn.

“I felt very in control during the second set against them and again saw a lot of fight in our girls.”

Sophie Albert led PHS in kills with 38 and Kathryn Aukerman had 34. Mary Albert had a teamhigh 86 assists. Sophie Albert paced the team in digs with 24, followed by Aukerman with 19.

The Resorters’ other losses were to Lutheran, 15-25, 24- 26; Falls, 15-25, 15-25; Cedar Grove, 21-25, 25-9, 13-15; and South, 18-25, 16-25.

Rachael Flora was Elkhart’s leader in kills with 25 and ace serves, nine. Emily Holzmann led in assists with 36. Claire Feldmann contributed 24 assists and nine kills.

“We played well at times but need to learn how to win. I think the girls are finding out they can compete with these teams but now that isn’t good enough either,” said Resorter head coach Jim Brown.

“This is a great group of kids, so I am confident we will get there.”


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