Tigers open regional play with sweep


COURTNEY BINVERSIE (right) and Howards Grove teammate Sam Yancy try to block a hit by Kohler in Tuesday’s regional volleyball opener. Kohler’s Megan Sprinkman looks on. – Photo by Terry Schaller COURTNEY BINVERSIE (right) and Howards Grove teammate Sam Yancy try to block a hit by Kohler in Tuesday’s regional volleyball opener. Kohler’s Megan Sprinkman looks on. – Photo by Terry Schaller HOWARDS GROVE – The Howards Grove Tigers cruised to a sweep over Kohler, 25-3, 25-14, 25-7, in Division 3 girls volleyball regional first-round play here Tuesday night.

HG, a No. 1 seed, raised its dual record to an impressive 36-4. The Tigers are ranked No. 2 in the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association D-3 poll.

The Tigers advance to the semifinals Thursday, Oct. 20 at home against No. 4-seeded Reedsville at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the finals Saturday versus the winner of the Oostburg/Cedar Grove- Belgium match at 7 p.m. at a site to be determined.

In D-4 regional play Tuesday night, No. 7-seeded Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah lost to No. 2-seeded Sevastopol, 13-25, 20-25, 20-25, in a first-round match. Further information was unavailable at press time.

“The team was excited to get the playoffs started and are looking forward to competing. We came out focused and are now preparing for Reedsville on Thursday,” said Tiger head coach Brett Damrow.

Addi Gerber led HG in kills versus Kohler with five. Taylor Bubolz had a team-high 21 assists. Paige Splittgerber led in digs with five and Rayven Kalmerton had three. Splittgerber paced the team in ace serves with three.

Allison Boehner led No. 8-seeded Kohler in digs with 10 and Cecelia Zielke had five.

PINK-OUT TOURNEY

The Tigers won their annual Pink-Out Tournament Saturday with a 3-0 dual mark. HG defeated St. Mary Catholic (Neenah), 25-17, 25-12, 25-10; Sheboygan North, 25-22, 26-24, 25-22; and Luxemburg Casco, 25-19, 25-11, 25-18.

The statistical leaders for HG included: kills – Sam Yancy 49; digs – Brittany Schaller 47 and Olivia Stauss 29; assists – Bubolz 84; and ace serves – Splittgerber seven.

“I really liked our focus throughout the day,” said Damrow.

The round-robin tourney raised money to support the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund.

“It’s more than a volleyball

– it’s about life. It’s an opportunity to compete in a great setting and help others at the same time,” said Damrow.

“We started this tournament to give back and it’s grown into much more. The volleyball program wants to thanks everyone who helped and or donated in any way throughout this amazing event.”


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