Kettle Moraine Lutheran denies Falcons, again

by Steve Ottman Falls News Correspondent


ERIKA VAN ENGEN (7) of Sheboygan Falls attempts to spike the ball past two Kettle Moraine Lutheran players, during a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal playoff match Thursday, Oct. 30, at Plymouth against Kettle Moraine Lutheran. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman ERIKA VAN ENGEN (7) of Sheboygan Falls attempts to spike the ball past two Kettle Moraine Lutheran players, during a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal playoff match Thursday, Oct. 30, at Plymouth against Kettle Moraine Lutheran. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman PLYMOUTH – For fifth time in seven years, the Sheboygan Falls High School volleyball team saw its WIAA Division 2 playoff run halted by Kettle Moraine Lutheran Thursday, Oct. 30 at Plymouth.

KML (26-13) won the WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal match 3-1 on game scores of 25-16, 25-23. 22-25, 25-20 in a rematch from last year’s sectional semifinal contest.

The win moved the Chargers to the sectional finals, while Falls finished its season at 21-16 overall.

“We just didn’t do enough to get over the hump tonight,” Falcons’ head coach Calley Kohlhagen said after the match. “We seem to always get stuck in the middle of our playoff run [referring to the sectional semifinal round]. We can get past this hump. We just need to have a more perfect game.”

The Falcons built an 11-5 advantage early in game one with some big blocks from Natalie DePagter and Kim Schwobe.

However, KML put together a 20-5 momentum-turning run on the way to the 25-16 win.

In game two, Lutheran raced out to a 4-1 lead and extended it to 7-3.

With Sarah Miley serving and stops from Erika Van Engen and DePagter, Falls tied the score at 7-7.

KML pushed the lead back to 18-13, before DePagter and Schwobe helped cut the lead to 19-18.

Then Nicole Preder and Becky Raeder combined to tie the score at 22-22. However, Lutheran was able to pull away at the end to notch a 25-23 victory.

Facing a must-win game three, KML jumped out to a 4-0 advantage. However, Falls rallied behind Schwobe’s attack to take a 9-4 lead. Lutheran then came back to grab a 10-8 lead.

Preder pushed the Falcons’ lead to 14-10 and Schwobe set up DePagter for a big kill as the Falls edge grew to 18-11. KML rallied to tie the score 21-21.

With Raeder serving and a defensive forced error, the Falcons registered a 25-22 game win.

After several early ties in game four, KML pulled away 18-12.

Autumn Horn and Van Engen rallied with two late spikes as Falls fought back 21-18.

Lutheran was dominant at the end, sending a crushing kill to end the game 25-20.

Van Engen helped power the Falls offense with 11 kills to go along with two blocks and nine digs on defense. Gremminger finished with 13 digs and Schwobe collected 11 digs with 25 assists for the Falcons.

“I think these ladies played some awesome volleyball tonight,” Kohlhagen. “We came out with a bang and they never gave up on a ball. I thought that my seniors really stepped up, showing leadership both on and off the court. Although we fell short, I am so proud of them and all of their accomplishments.”

“I want to thank my teammates for a great season and want them come back even stronger next season,” said Falcons’ senior Nicole Preder.

“It was a great season,” said Falls senior Rachel Gremminger. “It would have been nice to go further.”

“I love these girls,” said senior Natalie DePagter. “I’m happy to be their teammate.”

“We pulled together as a team and fought until the end,” said senior Sarah Miley.

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