Ger­man­town moves on in boys vol­ley­ball

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Nba - Curt Hogg Mark Stew­art of the Jour­nal Sen­tinel con­trib­uted to this re­port.

Ger­man­town had all of its weapons on dis­play.

The top-seeded Warhawks spread around the wealth for a dom­i­nant of­fen­sive per­for­mance in a 25-12, 25-9, 25-18 win over Franklin in a WIAA state boys vol­ley­ball quar­ter­fi­nal at Wis­con­sin Lutheran Col­lege on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Carter Sch­midt hit .812 with 13 kills to lead the charge as Ger­man­town (43-3) posted a .452 hit­ting per­cent­age as a team.

“For us to hit .452 against an op­po­nent of this level at state, it gives us con­fi­dence go­ing through the roof for to­mor­row,” Ger­man­town coach Brian Rush­mer said. “We’re go­ing to face a re­ally good op­po­nent to­mor­row, no mat­ter who it is.

“Look­ing at the num­bers next to Carter, 13 for 16 for any state match, I don’t care what round it is, Carter’s num­bers speak for them­selves at this point.”

Ger­man­town faces Catholic Me­mo­rial in a semi­fi­nal at 10 a.m. Satur­day.

Bryce Behrendt, the Warhawks’ top hit­ter through­out the sea­son, was lim­ited to a .118 hit­ting per­cent­age to go with his seven kills, but Luke Tay­lor and Jack­son Van En­gen com­bined for 14 kills while hit­ting .524.

Franklin (19-15), which was led by seven kills by Luigi Saraspe, ral­lied in the third set to keep the score close, but ul­ti­mately the Warhawks at­tack proved to be too much.

Catholic Me­mo­rial 3, Mar­quette 2: The bounces just started go­ing the Cru­saders’ way, Catholic Me­mo­rial co-head coach Dan Chip­man as­serted.

With its back against the wall, trail­ing 2-1 in the match and 19-17 in the fourth set, Catholic Me­mo­rial found its rhythm from ear­lier in the match and the Cru­saders ral­lied for a 25-19, 17-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-8 win over the Hill­top­pers.

“You can play the same way and do the same things over and over, but when you’re down and dig­ging and the ball hits your arms, it can ei­ther go straight up, it can go over the net or it can shank,” Chip­man said. “A lot of times, there isn’t much dif­fer­ence. It’s just a mat­ter of how the ball was hit, how the light hits your eyes. Not much changed. I think we were play­ing great, but it was just a mat­ter of how the ball was bounc­ing.”

It was a matchup of the last two state cham­pi­ons, with the Cru­saders (18-7) win­ning the ti­tle in 2016 be­fore the Hill­top­pers (28-9) earned the gold ball last Novem­ber. Af­ter tak­ing the first set, Mar­quette came out fir­ing to take its 2-1 lead.

The Hill­top­pers were nearly un­stop­pable with their swings over those two sets, hit­ting .393.

Then, as Chip­man said, things started shift­ing back to­ward the Cru­saders.

Kim­berly 3, Brook­field East 0: The sec­ond-seeded Paper­mak­ers (34-2) ad­vanced in their first state ap­pear­ance with a 25-17, 25-18, 25-16 vic­tory.

Ju­nior out­side hit­ter Lan­don Krause fin­ished with 17 kills, a .423 hit­ting per­cent­age and four aces for Kim­berly. The team hit .320, in­clud­ing a siz­zling .464 in the open­ing set.

Se­nior out­side hit­ter An­thony Hyn­diuk led East with 11 kills.

Kenosha In­dian Trail 3 Mid­dle­ton 2: Down, 2-1, the Hawks (35-3) ral­lied to up­set the No. 3 seed and get their first state tour­na­ment vic­tory, 25-22, 23-25, 23-25, 26-24, 15-9. In­dian Trail scored 10 of the first 13 points of the fifth set to take con­trol.

Ju­niors Jack­son An­tos and Nathan Klim­isch fin­ished with 18 kills each for the Hawks.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.