Volleyball: Goslings win Sun Prairie Invitational
SUN PRAIRIE — Watertown’s volleyball team went unbeaten in eight matches to win the two-day Sun Prairie Invitational over the weekend.
After finishing first in their pool with a 5-0 mark on Friday, the Goslings went 3-0 in the championship bracket on Saturday. They swept DeForest 25-15, 25-12 and Hortonville 25-10, 25-20 to reach the finals where they defeated tournament host Sun Prairie 25-23, 25-21.
“It was pretty awesome,” Watertown volleyball coach Carrie Hein said.
“In the first set, we fell behind quickly. We called time out and the girls pulled themselves together. We adjusted, and things went back and forth after that.
“In the second set, we had a four-point lead most of the way. Sun Prairie is a very good team. They are young, but super talented. It was a good battle between the two of us.”
Junior setter Isabelle Schauer put 62 assists in the championship round to finish the tournament with 154. Senior middle and outside hitter Brianne Korducki had 20 kills on Saturday to finish with 47 overall. She added three of her 11 blocks on the second day.
Senior libero Sheridan Dettmann had 31 digs for a two-day total of 84. She also served six aces on Saturday.
Junior outside hitter Samantha Gray had 12 of her 34 kills on Saturday. Sophomore right side Alayna Westenberg had 12 of her 28 kills on Saturday, when she also served five aces.
Senior outside hitter/right side Allison Stair had 18 kills in the championship round. Stair and Schauer each had 16 digs over the final three matches.
“It’s becoming a trend — we have success because it’s all hands on deck,” Hein said. “All our players have critical roles. (Our attack is) scattershot, they don’t know where the ball is coming from. Our digs were spread out through the back row. It’s definitely a shared success. There’s no doubt about it.”
Senior middle Ashley Stas had three blocks while senior defensive specialist Payton Zubke added 17 digs on Saturday.
“We had a lot of touches with our blocking (on Saturday), but not a lot of kills,” Hein said. “Both Payton and Ashley Stas really stepped up their game. Ashley was getting a hand on almost every ball. She slowed down so many balls to help our defense. Payton’s passing was really good. Her serve-receive was fantastic. She had some real huge digs. That was the best passing she’s had all season.”
Watertown (12-2) hosts Stoughton on Thursday.
Day 1 results
Watertown placed first in its pool on the opening day of the Sun Prairie Invitational on Friday, finishing 5-0.
The Goslings swept Edgewood (25-11, 25-21), Marshfield (25-11, 25-13), De Pere (28-26, 25-7), Manitowoc (25-16, 25-12) and Waupun (25-11, 25-13).
Korducki led the Goslings with 27 kills, eight blocks and seven aces. Schauer put up 92 assists. Gray added 22 kills. Stas and Westenberg each had 16 kills and five blocks. Dettmann led in digs with 53 while senior outside hitter/right side Allie Stair added 20 digs.
“There were some ups and downs, but the girls did well battling through it,” Hein said. “They didn’t give up. They came together as a team, and worked hard together to make plays happen and get things done.
“Bri was a solid anchor, leading in aces, kills and blocks. Those numbers speak for themselves. She helped get us out of some tough spots and her teammates played well around her.”
Correction: Watertown’s JV2 team rallied from a set down to beat Milton 2-1 on Thursday. The Goslings were incorrectly listed as losing that match in the Friday edition.