Every volleyball player contributes to tournament title

by Dave Boehler
Review Sports Editor

Plymouth opened its season by winning the eight-team Green Bay East Tournament on Saturday, and every girl got to play.

“We have a really deep bench this year, and a long bench” Panthers’ coach Peggy Huhn said. “I take 14 girls to tournaments. That’s really hard to get 14 girls in sometimes, but we got everybody in throughout the day. And even getting everybody in, our entire roster, only dropping that one game to Southern Door, I was really happy how we played despite what roster I put in.”

So what does that say about Plymouth’s team so far?

“I think we’re a little deeper than I thought, which is good,” the coach said. “It’s kind of what every coach wants. I was definitely able to put some girls in and some girls really surprised me. Charlotte Suttner really surprised me, quite honestly. She really looked good. And she’s probably my, at the moment, eighth or ninth girl going in. But she really carried her own. I was really happy with how she played and she helped us out quite a bit. … Elsa Blad too. She for sure earned our libero jersey. That’s the girl who girls in and plays back row. She was fighting for that last year. She is a returning varsity player but did not have that libero jersey last year. I would say this weekend her play really defined her as that role on our team, which I’ve been waiting to see quite honestly. I was hoping that she would step it up, and she definitely did.”

Plymouth defeated host East, Auburndale, Sheboygan Christian, New London and Menasha to take first place with a 6-1 record.

One of the best games, according to Huhn, was a 27-26 win over Auburndale in the first game. Cece Huhn and Ellie Staehling each finished with nine kills in the twogame set.

“That’s impressive,” the coach said. “Ellie is our newcomer as a sophomore. She has huge potential. She has to get used to the speed of the game yet because it’s a lot faster than she’s ever played before, but she’s holding her own.”

Another competitive match was against Southern Door, as Cece Huhn provided 10 kills, Hannah Goeser added eight and Staehling chipped in with six.

“Our passing was awesome,” Peggy Huhn said. “Elsa Blad really, really passed well this weekend.”

It was the second year Plymouth competed in Green Bay after participating in the season-opening West Allis Central Tournament. The Panther coach was looking for something more competitive which is why she switched sites.

“Last year we took third after just kind of getting used to these teams,” she said. “These are definitely teams we don’t see any other time throughout the year.”

“These early tournaments, sometimes they’re tough,” Huhn said. “You’re kind of not sure what your rotation is going to be or who’s going to be out on the court for you at any given time. But I was really happy with the way our girls played.”

Calling all fans

Not only does the team host Berlin Thursday in the first East Central Conference battle of the season, the Panthers are also dubbing it “Fair-fare.”

Since it is also the opening day of the Sheboygan County Fair, the Panthers will be giving out coupons for free 4-H shakes, cheese curds, grilled cheese, cream puffs and other items to be used at the fairgrounds.

Teams will be throwing the coupons out to the crowd and there will competition between games for more prizes.

The junior varsity games start at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity follows at 7.

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