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Closing in on No. 600

Schlimgen, the girls volleyball coach at Wisconsin Heights, nearth 600th career vistory


September 6, 2018

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Wisconsin Heights girls volleyball coach Amy Schlimgen (right) is just one why shy of 600 in her career.

When Amy Schlimgen started as Wisconsin Heights' girls' volleyball coach a generation ago, she wanted to win 200 games in her first decade.

Schlimgen targeted 400 wins in her first 20 years and 600 in the first 30.

The ultra-successful Schlimgen is going to be ahead of the curve every step of the way.

Schlimgen, now in her 24th season at Heights, moved within one win of No. 600 last Thursday when the Vanguards cruised past New Glarus. Schlimgen took aim at No. 600 when Heights traveled to Waterloo Tuesday.

"I don't know where that ranks," Schlimgen said. "I just like to set goals. My first goal was to get 200 wins within 10 years since another successful coach (Bill Morrin of Grantsburg) in the state did that and it seemed like a big deal.

"I did that, then (set) more goals like getting to 400 in less than 20 years. I did that. I just like setting goals and then accomplishing them. It makes me push myself to keep trying to be better."

Heights certainly appears to be getting better as evidenced by its 25-12, 25-9, 25-10 win over New Glarus.

Ashlee Adler led the way with 11 kills, while Jada Wood had 18 assists, four aces and two saves. Tayler Kraemer had five kills, three aces, 17 digs, and two saves, while Kelsi Handel added two kills, eight digs and five aces.

Raegan Doherty had four kills, three aces and two blocks, Kylee Doherty had four kills, Rylin Hodson added three digs and Destiny Brown had five digs.

"The girls played well," Schlimgen said. "We ran lots of plays and passed and served well."

Heights' schedule will intensify in the next few weeks.

After playing Waterloo Tuesday, the Vanguards are at the Kettle Moraine Lutheran Invite Saturday and also head to the ultra-competitive Middleton Invite on Sept. 15.

"We have to continue to improve and run a faster offense while perfecting our passing and serving," Schlimgen said.

And when that happens, Schlimgen's 600th win will undoubtedly follow.

"I couldn't ask for a better group of girls to help me get it whenever it happens," she said.


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