Badgers stopped by Elcho
By RON DEUTER
NIAGARA, Wis. – Niagara, despite 14 kills from Brooklyn Wolosyn and 12 more from MacKenzie Gregg, saw its volleyball season end here Tuesday night, bowing 25-21, 25-21, 25-15 to Elcho in a WIAA Division 4 regional opener.
“I just think we didn’t play good volleyball,” Lady Badgers coach Carol St. Arnauld said. “We made a lot of mental errors out there. We weren’t in coverage where we need to be at times.
“Elcho, they were scrappy. They picked up the stuff we did throw at them, and they had a good middle hitter.”
Elcho’s middle, senior Makayla Raith, fired 14 kills on the Lady Badgers.
“She hurt us,” St. Arnauld said.
The match started even enough, with the first set staying close. A service ace by Madisin DePas had Niagara within one at 17-16 before Raith helped provide the difference down the stretch.
Elcho built big early leads in the final two sets, which proved enough to hold off the Badgers.
The Hornets ran out to a 10-3 cushion in set two. Wolosyn, slamming away from the outside, helped bring Niagara as close as 22-17. An ace from Maria Miller and another kill by Wolosyn saw the margin drop to three at 24-21, but the comeback ended there.
It was a 7-0 run to open set three for the Hornets, and Niagara wasn’t able to sustain a rally long enough to draw any closer than five points the rest of the way.
“We have to learn and grow from this,” St. Arnauld said. “We are losing one senior. This is a learning experience, and they need to learn a lesson from this.
“We didn’t play our best volleyball. It’s as simple as that.”
DePas finished with three aces for Niagara. Myah Anderson had four blocks.
The Badgers finished 11-5 in M&O Conference play this season.
Kate Nawn – 4 kills; MacKenzie Gregg 11 kills, 1 block; Madisin DePas – 6 digs, 3 aces; 100-percent serving; Brooklyn Wolosyn – 14 kills, 1 dig, 100-percent serving; Myah Anderson – 4 blocks; Shelby Borchardt – 44 digs, 1 ace, 100-percent serving; Shanna Nordell – 1 dig, 11 assists, 100-percent serving; Maria Miller – 7 assists, 100-percent serving.