Badger South volleyball: Goslings finish sweep at Fort
FORT ATKINSON — After coasting through the first two sets, Watertown’s volleyball team dozed off in the third set.
After hitting the snooze button a couple times, the Goslings completed a 25-13, 25-10, 27-25 win over Fort Atkinson to improve to 14-2 overall and 3-0 in the Badger South.
The Goslings fell behind 6-3 to start the third set, but wasted little time putting together a 12-2 run to take a seven-point lead. Watertown substituted liberally at that point, but the Blackhawks chipped away and responded with a 10-3 run of their own to tie the set at 18-18.
Fort Atkinson (5-2, 2-1) finally took a lead at 22-20, but couldn’t extend the match after fending off two match points.
“The girls really controlled the pace in the first two sets,” Watertown volleyball coach Carrie Hein said.
“Come that third set, they started off slow, then finally got their act together and were starting to control that pace again. Then they kind of got caught on their heels. That made it closer than we would have liked to have seen. It was a learning opportunity if nothing else to show that you need to push through and you can’t get caught on your heels. When that happens, this kind of set turns out.”
Senior middle and outside hitter Bri Korducki led the Goslings with 11 kills and added five digs, three blocks and two aces. Junior libero Isabelle Schauer put up 31 assists and added five digs and two aces.
Senior outside hitter Allie Stair had seven kills and seven digs. Senior libero Sheridan Dettman had a team-high 14 digs.
Sophomore right side Alayna Westenberg had two aces and two blocks. Junior outside hitter Samantha Gray had six kills and two blocks. Senior middle Ashley Stas had seven kills and three blocks.
Fort Atkinson got eight kills and two blocks from sophomore middle Emma Mans, 15 assists from junior setter Grace Mans and 12 digs and two aces from sophomore libero Jadyn Krause.
“It’s been fun,” Korducki said. “This year, I feel like we’re a very spread out team. If one person is struggling, we have someone else to pick them up.
“Tonight, No. 14 (Emma Mans) put up a big block. She would sit on one person, but we could always throw it to the opposite direction and it usually resulted in kills.”
Korducki, the team’s lone four-year starter, was especially encouraged with Watertown’s recent first place finish at the Sun Prairie invitational.
“It felt good,” Korducki said. “We’ve never won that tournament. It made our team feel like we’re going to have a more successful season than in years past.”
Watertown travels to Kenosha for the Indian Trail tournament on Saturday.