Tigers win Big East Tourney championship


THE HOWARDS GROVE Tigers celebrate winning their first BEC Volleyball Tournament championship Saturday. – 
Photo by Terry Schaller THE HOWARDS GROVE Tigers celebrate winning their first BEC Volleyball Tournament championship Saturday. – Photo by Terry Schaller HOWARDS GROVE – The Howards Grove Tigers continued their outstanding girls volleyball season Saturday at Lakeland College by winning its first Big East Conference Tournament championship.

The Tigers swept Cedar Grove- Belgium in the title match, 25-18, 25-12. HG advanced to the finals with a 25-15, 25-18 win over Manitowoc Lutheran in the semifinals.

This was the second year of the BEC Tournament which was won last year by Oostburg. The Tigers also won their BEC division last week.

“It’s great for our program to win a divisional and conference tournament championship. We competed hard but want to turn our focus to high skill and not as much high intensity,” said Tiger head coach Brett Damrow whose team is 31-4 on the season.

“The team showed grit and mental toughness fighting back from an opening loss.”


OLIVIA STAUSS of Howards Grove tries to spike over Oostburg’s Olivia Meerdink in Saturday’s BEC Volleyball Tournament. Backing up Stauss is the Tigers’ Brittany Schaller. – Photo by Terry Schaller OLIVIA STAUSS of Howards Grove tries to spike over Oostburg’s Olivia Meerdink in Saturday’s BEC Volleyball Tournament. Backing up Stauss is the Tigers’ Brittany Schaller. – Photo by Terry Schaller The Tigers opened pool play in the tourney with a 23-25, 25-20, 12-15 loss to eventual pool winner Oostburg. HG bounced back to win its other two pool matches – 25-20, 25-17 over St. Mary Catholic (Neenah) and 25-16, 25-11 over Sheboygan Christian.

The top-two teams from the two pools advanced to the semifinals. Cedar Grove and Manitowoc Lutheran qualified from the other pool. Cedar Grove beat Oostburg in the other semifinal match.

“We serve-received the ball well all day. The tournament showed the depth in the conference overall but specifically in our division. All four teams in our division made it into the gold bracket [semifinals and finals],” said Damrow.

Sam Yancy led the Tigers’ attack in the tourney with 50 kills and Olivia Stauss had 36. Stauss and Yancy had a team-high nine ace serves each, followed by Taylor Bubolz with eight.

Yancy paced HG in blocks with five and digs, 41. Brittany Schaller and Stauss had 39 and 34 digs, respectively. Bubolz led in assists with 108.

Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah’s tourney results and statistical leaders were unavailable at press time.


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