Greenfield girls volleyball team drops tight sectional to Muskego
Team takes match down to close third game
Greenfield - A gutty Greenfield girls volleyball team did as much as it could to make things difficult, but in the end, Muskego earned a return trip to this week's WIAA Division 1 state tournament.
The tenacious Hustlin' Hawks battled the powerful Warriors all the way before falling, 25-23, 25-11, 25-22, in a sectional championship match before a large crowd at Greenfield High School on Saturday night.
The victory sent Muskego back to the state tourney at the Resch Center in Green Bay beginning Nov. 1, when the Warriors will meet Merrill at 4:30 p.m. in a quarterfinal matchup.
Muskego is quite familiar with the road to state. This is the Warriors' 12th trip in school history, the ninth under head coach Karen Anderson and their fifth straight. They won state crowns in 2005 and 2009.
Given Muskego's tradition and talent, Greenfield head coach Britany Pfeifer was pleased that her team was so competitive.
"Muskego is a fantastic team," Pfeifer said. "We would have to play almost perfectly to beat (the Warriors). They have weapons offensively everywhere. I was very proud of how we played and the fact that we were able to stay with them as well as we did."
The Hawks held a 13-9 lead on a kill by junior Jessie Kalous midway through the first contest, but the Warriors ran off six straight points to assume a 15-13 advantage.
Greenfield came back to tie the set at 15-15 on back-to-back kills from Kalous, and the game was even on four occasions, the last at 21-21 on a kill from sophomore Sam Deleon.
Muskego senior Mary O'Connor put down three kills for a 24-22 lead, then junior Kayla Bluemel slapped down the game-winning point.
The Warriors dominated the second game, going on a 6-0 run to take a 14-5 advantage and coasting from there.
"We have had trouble with that second game, which is something we need to work on, staying focused," Pfeifer said.
Fighting tough in third game
The Hawks bounced back in the third game, trailing early but going on a 6-0 run for a 14-11 advantage. Junior Erika Deubig had one kill and junior Katarina Djurica two aces during that run.
Muskego again answered, and the set was tied seven times down the stretch, including at 22-22 on a block at the net by several Greenfield players.
The Warriors scored the final three points, with junior Lauren Kudronowicz serving an ace and Kath dropping the match-winning kill at the net.
Junior Luci Krenzke enjoyed a solid all-around game for the Hawks with 20 assists, two kills, six digs and an ace, while Kalous totaled 10 kills and two blocks, Deleon seven kills and five digs, junior Lauren Bullock 12 digs and Djurica five aces and five digs.
"I thought Greenfield did a nice job," Anderson said. "I really admire their coach; she does a great job with their kids. They're always ready to play."
Payback against Greendale
Greenfield had advanced to the sectional title match with a 25-21, 12-25, 26-24, 22-25, 15-4 triumph over Greendale on Oct. 25 in a semifinal, avenging its loss to the Panthers in the Woodland Conference Tournament semifinals.
The Hawks enjoyed a solid season, winning their division in the Woodland with an 8-1 record. They also won the Racine Park Invitational and took second in their division at the Lancer Invitational at Brookfield.
Sarah Habermahl is the lone senior on the roster, so Pfeifer is looking forward to big things again next season.
"I have a very solid team coming back next year," she said, "and we know what we need to work on."
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