Falcons down Panthers in thrilling match


MARY ALBERT of Plymouth keeps the ball in play during Thursday’s EWC volleyball match versus Sheboygan Falls. – Review photo by Steve Ottman MARY ALBERT of Plymouth keeps the ball in play during Thursday’s EWC volleyball match versus Sheboygan Falls. – Review photo by Steve Ottman SHEBOYGAN FALLS – The Sheboygan Falls Falcons outlasted the Plymouth Panthers in a terrific five-game girls volleyball battle, 25-16, 19-25, 25-22, 24-26, 15-11, on Falls’ Senior Night Thursday.

The Falcons upped their Eastern Wisconsin Conference dual record to 8-1 (17-12 overall). PHS, which is competing in its final EWC season, dropped to 4-5 in the league (21-15 overall).

“Another fantastic match for us. We just didn’t come out on top with the score. We are playing well and playing with everything we have right now,” said Panther head coach Peggy Huhn.

“I am really proud of how this team plays. They never give up and they put everything out there.

“Matches like this build character. It was really point-for-point nearly the entire match.


KATHRYN AUKERMAN (8) of Plymouth tries to hit the ball over Sheboygan Falls’ Becky Raeder (11) and Natalie DePagter in Thursday’s volleyball match. – Review photo by Steve Ottman KATHRYN AUKERMAN (8) of Plymouth tries to hit the ball over Sheboygan Falls’ Becky Raeder (11) and Natalie DePagter in Thursday’s volleyball match. – Review photo by Steve Ottman “Volleyball is so emotional. Both teams went through strings of good plays and then some errors. We need to capitalize on other teams errors and keep ours down,” said Huhn.

Sophie Albert sparked the Panthers’ attack with 14 kills and Kathryn Aukerman had nine. Megan Goeser had a team-high five blocks. Elizabeth Baus was Plymouth’s top server with 15-for-16 (94 percent).

Baus and Cara Bardon led in PHS in digs with 12 and 10, respectively. Mary Albert paced the team in assists with 27. Baus and Aukerman led in serve reception with 16-for-16 and 11-for-11, re- spectively.

Erika VanEngen ignited the Falcons’ hitting with 17 kills and Nicole Preder had 10. VanEngen had a team-high nine digs and Rachel Gremminger contributed seven.

Autumn Horn paced Falls in ace serves with five and blocks, four. Kim Schwobe had a teamhigh 33 assists.

“I am very proud of the way my entire team helped out each other this first game – both players on the court and bench,” said Falcon head coach Calley Kohlhagen. “I felt like we were truly in sync.

“We couldn’t connect our offense in the same way we did the first game,” stated Kohlhagen.

“This week was our Homecoming Week, so the energy from the crowd definitely played a factor in our communication,” said the Falcon coach.

“Elise Suttner [senior defensive specialist] is really coming around for us as a player,” said Huhn. “She has improved so much in her volleyball ability and is showing great leadership on the court.

“Kathryn Aukerman [senior outside hitter] came back after spraining her ankle last week [two weeks ago] and really fought hard. She is a leader for us as well and we play better with her on the court,” said Huhn.


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