SOUTH WAYNE – The battle for second-place in the Six Rivers East came down to the finale between Argyle and Black Hawk.
The visiting Orioles came out on top after serving up 17 aces en route to a 3-1 victory over the Lady Warriors at BHHS on Thursday, Oct. 13.
Argyle (9-3 in SRE) jumped ahead early with a 25-16 decision in set one, and then the Orioles scored seven of the final eight points in set two to defeat the Warriors (10-14 overall, 8-4 in SRE) by a score of 25-20 and pull ahead 2-0.
Coach Rachel Wolff’s Warriors regrouped in set three and pulled out to a quick 15-6 lead. The guests trimmed the deficit back to 15-13, but Black Hawk maintained the lead the rest of the way with senior Kate Quinn hammering down the final kill to give the Warriors a 25-23 victory.
The two rivals continued to battle neck-and-neck with one another throughout set four until Coach Shane Johnson’s Orioles pulled out a 27-25 win to take the match 3-1. The Warriors had the game at match-point leading 25-24, but the Orioles scored the final three points with Cortney Gilbertson firing home an ace for the game-winner.
Sophomore middle hitter Jen Wellnitz recorded a team-high 11 kills to lead the Warriors, while Quinn chipped in with eight kills and junior Abby Schiferl added six kills and seven digs.
Senior Kayla Meier had a team-high three blocks along with three kills, and senior setter Chaesta Shager led the Warriors with 15 assists. Kelly Neuenschwander added nine assists for the hosts.
Abby Flanagan led a balanced Argyle hitting attack with seven kills, while Kayla Ostby distributed 33 assists and Micala Peterson paced the guests with five aces and 22 digs.
At South Wayne, on Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Lady Warriors started off the week by sweeping the visiting Juda Panthers, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-18, in a Six Rivers East contest.
Kate Quinn led the hitting attack for Black Hawk with 10 kills. Jen Wellnitz chipped in with nine kills, two blocks and two aces, and Mikayla Sigafus added five kills for the Warriors.
Chaesta Shager recorded 10 assists and Kelly Neuenschwander registered nine assists in the match, while Abby Schiferl added two service aces.
Fourth-seeded Black Hawk began the WIAA Division 4 tournament by hosting fifth-seeded Williams Bay on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The winner advances to meet top-seeded Catholic Central in Burlington on Thursday, Oct. 20.
The regional final is slated for Saturday, Oct. 22, with sectionals beginning on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Williams Bay High School. The sectional final will be held at Lake Country Lutheran High School in Hartland on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Juda………… 20 22 18
Black Hawk... 25 25 25
Argyle…...….. 25 25 23 27
Black Hawk… 16 20 25 25