Watertown sweeps field at conference tourney, repeats as Badger South champion
STOUGHTON — Watertown wrapped up a second perfect run through the Badger South in its second season in the league, defeating all comers to win the conference tournament and clinch another outright championship on Saturday.
Watertown (38-5 overall) swept Fort Atkinson (25-17, 25-19), Edgewood (25-17, 26-24) and Monroe (25-13, 25-13) in pool play, then defeated Oregon (25-13, 25-16) in the semifinals and Milton (25-20, 25-23) in the title match.
“It was very exciting,” Watertown volleyball coach Carrie Hein said. “The girls definitely worked hard and earned it.”
Junior outside hitter Samantha Gray led the Goslings in kills with 24, followed closely by senior middle and outside hitter Brianne Korducki (23 kills), junior outside hitter Allison Stair (21 kills) and sophomore right side Alayna Westenberg (20 kills). Korducki led in blocks with six followed by senior middle Ashley Stas (four) and Westenberg (four).
Junior setter Isabelle Schauer put up 68 assists while junior defensive specialist Danielle Weissenrieder added 30. Senior libero Sheridan Dettmann led the team in digs with 60 followed by Stair with 37 and senior defensive specialist Payton Zubke with 36. Dettmann served eight aces while Weissenrieder served seven.
The Goslings finished 7-0 during the conference dual slate for the second consecutive season, and once again swept the field at the conference tournament.
In the finals, Watertown used an eight-point run to erase an 8-4 first set deficit. The Goslings trailed again in the second set, but used a 6-0 run to dig out from a 20-17 hole. Schauer served an ace on match point to end it.
“The girls went into the day with a mission to be conference champions again,” Hein said. “They worked really hard and found success. They definitely earned the win, that’s for sure. I’ve said it several times this season, that the team balance that we have is a key to our success, that we can mix it up and find success from so many different possible avenues.”
Watertown travels to face Badger North champion Waunakee in the conference’s annual season-ending crossover challenge between matching seeds from the two divisions on Thursday at 7 p.m.