Oostburg edges Tigers in Big East finals


ADDI GERBER (left) and Taylor Bubolz of Howards Grove attempt a block against Sheboygan Christian’s Hannah Modahl in Saturday’s BEC Volleyball Tournament. – Photo by Terry Schaller ADDI GERBER (left) and Taylor Bubolz of Howards Grove attempt a block against Sheboygan Christian’s Hannah Modahl in Saturday’s BEC Volleyball Tournament. – Photo by Terry Schaller HOWARDS GROVE – Oostburg outlasted the Howards Grove Tigers, 25-23, 37-35, in the championship match of the inaugural Big East Conference Girls Volleyball Tournament Saturday at Lakeland College.

“I’m very proud the way we competed throughout the long day. The makeup of the new conference allows for a lot of competitive volleyball throughout the whole day,” said Tiger head coach Brett Damrow.

“We played some of our best volleyball of the season on Saturday but just came up two points short. The final match was a great match-up between two top-five teams in the state in Division 3.”

HGHS was ranked No. 3 and Oostburg, No. 4, in last week’s Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association D-3 poll.


SONIA SCHUBERT (13) of Elkhart Lake tries to block a hit by a St. Mary Catholic player during Saturday’s BEC Volleyball Tournament. – Photo by Terry Schaller SONIA SCHUBERT (13) of Elkhart Lake tries to block a hit by a St. Mary Catholic player during Saturday’s BEC Volleyball Tournament. – Photo by Terry Schaller The BEC tourney included 14 teams, representing the two seventeam divisions. The top-four teams from each division, based on the league’s dual play this season, advanced to the Gold Round (championship bracket) in the tournament.

The Gold Round included two four-team pools, with the top-two finishers from each pool advancing to the championship playoffs to determine the champion. The Tigers won Pool B with a 3-0 record (defeating Random Lake, Sheboygan Christian and Hilbert). Hilbert was second in the pool.

Oostburg and St. Mary Catholic (Neenah) finished first and second, respectively, in Pool A.

In the semifinals, HGHS swept St. Mary, 25-12, 25-21; and Oostburg downed Hilbert.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters competed in Pool A and were 0-3 – losing to St. Mary, Oostburg and Cedar Grove-Belgium. In their other two matches in the tourney, the Resorters fell to Random Lake and Sheboygan Christian.

“At times we played very well. Losing to SMC early in the day when we really had the match won took a lot out of us,” said Resorter head coach Jim Brown.

Elkhart led St. Mary 13-9 in the deciding third game but the Zephyrs rallied to win, 15-13, after the teams split the first two sets.

“We also battled colds and flu all day long. We were in most games and matches. We just need to find a way to push through and win,” said Brown.

Sam Yancy led the Tigers in kills with 56 for the tourney, followed by Olivia Stauss with 22 and Addi Gerber, 17. Taylor Bubolz had a teamhigh 94 assists.

Yancy also paced HGHS in blocks with seven. Brittany Schaller led the Tigers in digs with 78, followed by Yancy with 38 and Stauss, 33. Bubolz and Schaller had a teambest six ace serves apiece.

The Resorters’ statistical leaders were unavailable at press time.

“I believe this team has a lot of pride and is looking forward to competing as the playoffs arrive,” said Damrow.

“We are still getting better each day in practice and our best is definitely good enough to compete. We have to find a way mentally to play our best in key moments.”


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