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Cards 2nd at invite; BH wins Lancaster tourney
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Monroe’s Zoee Pond (18) and Cassi Gersbach (4) block a spike attempt from a Lake Mills player during pool play of the Brodhead Invitational Sept. 8. Monroe won the Silver bracket. - photo by Adam Krebs

BRODHEAD — The Cardinals finished in second place in the Gold Bracket at the Brodhead Invitational Sept. 8.

Brodhead swept group play 25-9, 25-15 over Argyle and 25-20, 25-22 against Monticello to advance to the Gold bracket. The Cardinals then defeated Monroe 25-23, 25-10 and Beloit Turner 25-13, 25-22 before losing to Lake Mills 20-25, 19-25.

Abbey Johnson finished the day with eight aces, 61 assists, 32 digs and 29 kills for the Cardinals, which also got 30 kills and six aces from Alexis Oliver. Catherine Speckman had six aces, Sabrina Siegel had five aces and Katie Goecks had four aces. Goecks added 23 kills and Speckman had 16 digs for the Cardinals.

Monroe was led by Zoee Pond’s 37 kills, with Lexi Davis finishing with 17 kills and Cassi Gersbach recording 11 kills. Gersbach had 13 blocks on the day, Makayla Harrow finished with 10 and Pond nine. Lily Frehner dished out 59 assists for the Cheesemakers. Davis had six aces while Pond and Frehner each had four. Pond and Davis also had 10 digs, while Alyse Maurer led Monroe with 20 digs.

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Brodhead’s Alexis Oliver slams a spike past Argyle defenders Tori Lantz (7) and Claudia Miller and towards the back row where Kirsten Ostby (6) readies for a dig.. - photo by Adam Krebs

Monroe lost to Lake Mills in group play 25-8, 25-9 but came back to beat Juda 25-14, 25-11 before losing to Brodhead in tournament play.

“(We) ended the day on a high note beating the next two teams,” Monroe coach Heidi Witt said of Evansville and Argyle.

The Cheesemakers beat Evansville 25-15, 25-21 and then downed Argyle in three sets 21-25, 27-25, 15-10 in the Silver championship.

“We had our ups and downs today but was happy we finished the day with some wins,” Witt said. “We had played Evansville in our season opener and took that match in three sets so it was nice to see the girls play them well again. Argyle is a good team - these two teams have seen each other in summer league so they all knew what everyone’s tendencies were. Probably why the match was so close. It was a good battle.”

Juda lost to Lake Mills 24-26, 7-25 and Monroe in pool play, then was edged by Monticello in the Bronze bracket 22-25, 25-23, 2-15 before upending Albany 25-19, 25-17.

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Brodhead’s Abbey Johnson flips the ball past Monticello’s Abby Wicker during their group play match at the Brodhead Invitational Sept. 8. - photo by Adam Krebs

“In the afternoon Senior Hannah Powers returned as a major hitter from taking the ACT college entrance exam – leading to two close games with Monticello — then Game 3 found Juda struggling to attack and Monticello doing a great job of serving, digging and attacking back,” Juda coach Scott Anderson said. “It is a long day with only eight juniors and seniors — I thought our underclassmen did a nice job filling gaps and serving. It is always good for the players to get lots of touches.  We were definitely tired in the afternoon but still were able to record 173 digs for the day — and that is important for us.”

Briana Crull and Triniti Elmer led the Panthers with 10 kills each on the day, and Montana Steinmann had 18 assists. Steinman had 38 digs while Taylor Gollackson had 35, Elmer 32 and Karlee Kesler 31. Crull finished the tournament with six aces.

New Glarus split with Dodgeville 27-26, 23-25 in group play before losing to Beloit Turner 21-25, 13-25. In bracket play, the Glarner Knights beat Albany in three sets 23-25, 25-19, 15-12 before losing to Monticello 13-25, 12-25.

Lola Gillaspie led New Glarus with 11 kills and Alexah Mellenberger had eight kills and 15 assists. Jada Malaise had 14 assists, Zoe Moen finished with eight aces, Brooke Watrud recorded 17 digs and Lily Himmelmann netted two blocks for the Knights.

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Juda’s Triniti Elmer slams the ball over the net against Lake Mills. - photo by Adam Krebs

Albany lost to Evansville in group play 22-25, 16-25, as well as Belleville 10-25, 14-25 before losing in the tournament bracket to New Glarus and Juda.

Libby Beck led the Comets with 15 kills and 11 aces on the day. Kaitlyn Dunphy had 12 assists, Mady Conway finished with 25 digs and Brianna Dahl notched five blocks.

Black Hawk wins Lancaster Tournament

LANCASTER — Black Hawk won all four matches and all eight games en route to the team title Sept. 8 at the Lancaster Tournament.

The Warriors beat Potosi 25-20, 25-15 in one match, and took down Lancaster 25-17, 25-16 in another. Black Hawk also defeated Viroqua 25-17, 25-19 and Lancaster’s Reserves 25-17, 25-11.

Bailey Butler had 31 kills, Hannah Butler had 29 kills and Savannah Burmeister had 38 assists. The Warriors had 14 aces on the day.

Monroe’s Alyse Maurer bumps the ball. - photo by Adam Krebs

Results from Sept. 6

Edgewood 3, Monroe 0

MONROE — The Cheesemakers lost to Madison Edgewood in straight sets on Parents Night, 15-25, 14-25, 23-25.

“We started out really competitive in the first set and kept up with Edgewood until about midway through and then we started making mental mistakes. Missed serves and lack of communication seemed to be the culprit into set two as well,” Coach Heidi Witt said. “We really beat ourselves that second set and just couldn’t pick ourselves up.”

That all changed in Game 3.

“Heading into the third set it was like a different team stepped onto the court and it was a nail-biter until the end,” Witt said. “The girls just were not going to give up and they played the way we know they can play. If we could just play that way from the get-go instead of going on this roller coaster ride all the time. We can’t wait until the third set to warm-up and get into the game.”

Pond had six kills, three aces and a block for Monroe. Gersbach had four kills and a block; Davis had three kills and five digs; Frehner dished out 13 assists and Maurer and Bri Seagreaves each had four digs.

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Monroe’s Lily Frehner sets the ball for Cassi Gersbach in a match against Lake Mills during the Brodhead Invitational Sept. 8. - photo by Adam Krebs

Pecatonica 3, Barneveld 1

BLANCHARDVILLE — The Vikings figured it out after the first set and went on to win 18-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-23.

“We had a lack luster start,” Pecatonica coach Brad Tisch said. “We played well at times and then fell apart. The story of our season so far. The girls came together before the start of the second set with a very positive attitude and from there, we started to roll.”

While the third set was tight, Tisch set the fourth set challenged his team the most.

“The fourth set we really dug a hole. We were down 8-15 when Val Carr served eight-in-a-row and we pulled ahead. From there we fought tooth and nail going back and forth to seal the win,” Tisch said.

Samantha Holmstrom led Pecatonica with 10 kills and seven digs. Sydney Eaton had six kills and 20 assists. Carr had five aces while Lily Busser added two aces and 12 digs. The Vikings also got six blocks from Alexia Knutson, four blocks from Lexi Peterson and 10 assists from Tessa Green.

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Brodhead freshman Madisyn Kail gears up to spike the ball while Monticello defenders Abby Wicker (10) and Lindsey Pence (2) go up for the block. - photo by Adam Krebs

Monticello 3, Albany 0

MONTICELLO — The Ponies swept the Comets 25-16, 25-15, 25-13.

Lindsey Pence had 19 assists and three aces to lead Monticello, which also got 11 kills from Abby Wicker, six kills and two blocks from Mackie Errthum and four digs from Sarah Blumer.

Albany was paced by Jada Flannery’s five kills and two aces. Libby Beck had three blocks, Mady Conway finished with 18 digs and Payton Zurfluh had three assists.

Waterloo 3, New Glarus 0

NEW GLARUS — The Knights lost in straight sets 7-25, 15-25, 12-25.

Himmelmann had four blocks and two kills while Mellenberger finished with two kills. Emma Marty had two aces and Jada Malaise finished with four assists. Brook Watrud and Haiden Zimmerman each had three digs.

Southwestern 3, Darlington 0

DARLINGTON — The Redbirds were swept 15-25, 23-25, 22-25.

Darlington travels to Fennimore Thursday.