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Heights surprises Waterloo


September 28, 2017

Yvonne Vils

Georgia Vils

The Wisconsin Heights girls volleyball team has been improving each and every week.

The Vanguards have gotten better and better since a rough start to the 2017 season. And Heights coach Amy Schlimgen felt a turning point was near.

Much to Schlimgen's delight, it came last Tuesday against arch-rival Waterloo.

Heights went to Waterloo and stunned the Pirates, 25-21, 26-24, 25-19 in a Southern Capitol Conference showdown. The win vaulted the Vanguards into a first place tie with Waterloo.

"We shocked them in their own gym," Schlimgen said. "It was beautiful."

Heights struggled with consistency early on, but still pulled out a tough first set. The Vanguards survived the hard-charging Pirates in the second set, then finished Waterloo off with an impressive third set.

"After giving them too many points in the first set with our own errors, we settled down and took control," Schlimgen said. "We played tough all the way to the end. We kept setting our players that Waterloo seemed to have trouble stopping and our defense and passing were great! We made great decisions and moved the ball all over the place."

Yvonne Vils

Karlee Adler helped Wisconsin Heights' girls volleyball team topple Waterloo last week.

Ashlee Adler finished with 14 kills, two aces and 11 digs, while Kristen Barman added 11 kills, three aces and one block. Karlee Adler had a monstrous night with 33 assists, six kills, 15 digs, one block and two saves, while Kaela Kraemer had seven kills, 10 digs, one block and one save.

Georgia Vils had 19 digs, three aces and a save, Tayler Kraemer had six kills, one assist and one block, Kelsi Handel added two kills, five digs and an assist, while Lauren Berger had four digs.

"Now if we can take that kind of tenacity and confidence and play consistently like that, great things will happen," Schlimgen said.

• On deck: Heights hosted Cambridge Tuesday, then hosts its own invite Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m. The teams joining Heights are Iowa-Grant, Monroe, Riverdale, Prairie du Chien, Cambridge, Dodgeville and Potosi.


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