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Heights spikers roll into sectionals

Vanguards edge Brodhead in thrilling regional final


October 25, 2018

Bethany Wood

Wisconsin Heights' girls volleyball team won a regional championship last Saturday.

The way Wisconsin Heights' girls' volleyball team saw it, they were back where they belong.

One year after falling in a WIAA Division 3 regional final, the Vanguards hoisted a regional championship once again Saturday night.

It wasn't easy, though.

The top-seeded Vanguards edged fifth-seeded Brodhead, 25-18, 16-25, 25-18, 21-25, 23-21 in a thrilling WIAA Division 3 regional final.

Heights also toppled ninth-seeded Mineral Point, 25-20, 25-21, 24-26, 25-17, in a regional semifinal last Thursday.

Heights advanced to a sectional semifinal against second-seeded Cuba City Thursday at 7 p.m. in Mineral Point. The sectional finals are Saturday at 7 p.m. at Wisconsin Heights.

"A phenomenal effort by all, overcoming errors and maybe some fatigue to hold on to win," Heights coach Amy Schlimgen said of defeating Brodhead. "I knew (Brodhead) would be scrappy and tough and I really thought they should have been seeded in the top-3 at our seeding meeting."

Heights rolled through the first set, then Brodhead cruised in the second set. The Vanguards bounced back to grab the third set and take a 2-1 lead, but Brodhead fought back and won the fourth set.

That set up a dramatic fifth set in which the Vanguards trailed, 14-12, and were one point from elimination. But Heights rallied to tie things, 14-14, then the teams traded points for what seemed like an eternity.

Finally, an Ashlee Adler ace gave Heights a 22-21 lead. Then freshman Kylee Doherty hammered home match point and the Vanguards prevailed.

"I was so proud of Kylee," Schlimgen said. "She went up without hesitation to reach high and finish it for us! So brave for a freshman."

Adler had a sensational match, as well, with 24 kills, eight aces and 16 digs.

"Ashlee Adler was all around amazing," Schlimgen said. "We kept having to set her, as Brodhead could not stop her hits and had fairly short blockers across from her. We were worried that we were going to wear her out, but she stayed so strong right to the end."

Jada Wood added 35 assists, four kills, 19 digs and three saves, while Doherty finished with 12 kills. Raegan Doherty added three kills and four blocks, Kelsi Handel had 19 digs, four saves and two blocks, Tayler Kraemer had 15 digs, four blocks and two kills, Rylin Hodson had two aces and 22 good serves without an error, and Destiny Brown had four digs.

Heights also rolled past Mineral Point last Thursday.

Adler led the way with 13 kills and six digs, while Wood had 34 assists, two aces, four digs and four saves. Raegan Doherty had nine kills, nine digs and two assists, while Kraemer also had nine kills, 18 digs and two blocks.

Hodson added 16 digs, Handel had three kills, two aces and nine digs, Kylee Doherty had four kills and two digs and Brown added four digs.

"We started a little slowly, but proceeded to play stronger and stronger each set," Schlimgen said. "The whole team played great! Very strong, confident, and relentless."

Wisconsin Heights 3, BRODHEAD 2

Bethany Wood

Ashlee Adler and Wisconsin Heights' girls volleyball team heads to sectionals Thursday.

Brodhead ........ 19 25 18 25 21

Wis Heights ... 25 16 25 21 23

BRODHEAD (leaders): Kills - Oliver 15. Digs - Katie Goecks 4, Johnson 4. Blocks - Siegel 3. Aces - Moe 3, Katie Goecks 3. Assists - Johnson 32.

WISCONSIN HEIGHTS: Kills - Ashley Adler 24. Digs - Jada Wood 19, Kelsi Handel 19. Blocks - Tayler Kraemer 4, Raegan Doherty 4. Aces - Ashley Adler 8. Assists - Jada Wood 35.

Wisconsin Heights 3, MINERAL POINT 0

Mineral Point ........... 21 18 16

Wis. Heights ............ 25 25 25

WISCONSIN HEIGHTS: Kills - Ashley Adler 13. Digs - Tayler Kraemer 18. Blocks - Tayler Kraemer 2, Jada Wood 2. Aces - Jada Wood 2, Kelsi Handel 2. Assists - Jada Wood 34.


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