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Spencer volleyball fifth at Abbotsford Invite

Posted on 24 September 2017 by paul

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ABBOTSFORD – Spencer won three of five matches to place fifth at the Bud Nelson Volleyball Invitational on Saturday at Abbotsford High School.

Spencer beat Waupaca 25-16, 19-25, 19-17; Rosholt 16-25, 25-21, 19-17; and Loyal 25-21, 25-17 in the fifth-place match. The Rockets lost to Chippewa Falls McDonell 25-7, 25-10, and Abbotsford 25-14, 25-11.

Sadie Mercier had 42 kills, 44 digs, and five service aces, Kathryn Hall had 12 aces and 35 digs, and Lindsey Loos had 55 assists for Spencer.

“We played well for having multiple girls out of the lineup,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “Sadie Mercier really picked up her game as we asked her to hit today instead of set. Also, Kat Hall did a great job serving for us. Going 3-2 was a nice way to end up on the day.”

Spencer returns to action Tuesday at Neillsville for a Cloverbelt Conference East Division match.

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Spencer volleyball slips past Greenwood

Posted on 21 September 2017 by paul

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GREENWOOD – The Spencer volleyball team started a new winning streak Thursday with a 3-2 win over Greenwood in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division match at Greenwood High School.

The Rockets, who lost a conference match for the first time in more than six years on Tuesday to Marshfield Columbus Catholic, is now 3-1 in Cloverbelt East play after the 25-23, 22-25, 25-16, 21-25, 15-12 victory.

“We kept hurting ourselves with unforced errors, but we battled for the win,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “Hopefully we build off the tough victory.”

Lexi Baehr had 22 kills and 33 digs, Chloe Drews added nine kills, Sadie Mercier had 38 assists and three service aces, and Shelbi Hoefs added 22 digs for Spencer.

Spencer will play at the Abbotsford Invitational on Saturday.

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Columbus Catholic volleyball holds off Spencer, ends Rockets’ five-year conference win streak

Posted on 19 September 2017 by paul

Columbus Catholic’s Jessica Jakopin blocks a kill attempt from Spencer during the Dons’ win on Tuesday night at Spencer High School. Katie Hall, left, is also up for the block. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer’s Elexa Post corrals a serve during the Rockets’ Cloverbelt Conference East Division volleyball match against Marshfield Columbus Catholic on Tuesday at Spencer High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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SPENCER – The streak is over.

The Spencer volleyball team’s run of five-straight undefeated Cloverbelt Conference East Division seasons is done as the Rockets lost to Marshfield Columbus Catholic 3-1 on Tuesday night at Spencer High School.

Columbus Catholic, which took Spencer to five games in last year’s match before faltering, is now 3-0 in the Cloverbelt East, while the Rockets drop to 2-1.

Spencer last lost a Cloverbelt East match on Sept. 6, 2011, at Owen-Withee. The Rockets went on to win eight-straight conference matches that season and went all the way to the WIAA Division 3 state tournament championship match, which they lost to Oostburg. The Rockets’ conference winning streak reached 45 before Tuesday’s loss.

The Rockets played Columbus tough in the first game, and won the second set, but couldn’t keep up in the final two games.

Columbus won 25-23, 22-25, 25-10, 25-19, behind strong play defensively. Spencer had numerous chances to earn points but was denied time and again by the Dons’ backrow. Libero Annie Baierl had 25 digs, and Maren Seefluth and Katie Hall each had 20 digs to lead the way for Columbus.

Brooke Neider had 40 assists, Kenzie Hansen had 16 kills, and Jessica Jakopin had 10 kills and six blocks for the Dons.

Lexi Baehr topped Spencer with 12 kills and 26 digs, and Sadie Mercier had 24 digs and 23 assists in the loss.

“As soon as we got over the nervousness, they played great,” Columbus Catholic coach Kat Egle said. “It’s Spencer, we never beat them, so this was pretty big for them.”

Spencer led the first set 23-21 after a kill by Shelbi Hoefs only to see the Dons rob the game with four-straight points. A long volley on the final point ended with a Spencer error as Columbus won 25-23.

The Rockets regrouped and led for most of Game 2, pulling out to a 23-13 lead after a kill from Baehr.

Columbus mounted a comeback and a tip-kill from Neider cut the Rockets’ lead to 23-21, but Spencer was able to finish off a 25-22 win on a kill from Shaelee Neitzel.

From that point, it was all Dons.

Columbus ripped off five-straight points to take an 18-7 lead and won 25-10 as Kate Turchi served the final four points.

Game 4 was tighter, with the Rockets tying the score five different times, but the Dons were always able to rebound.

An ace from Hansen and a kill by Jakopin gave the Dons some breathing room at 22-16 and they finished off a 25-19 win on the serve of Hall.

“Our back row, our defense, is our go-to this year,” Egle said. “It’s a little different than last year with the big offensive team we had. We’re a little smaller this year, but we’re making it work. The girls are adjusting with our defense. We have a smaller block than we have in the past. They’re moving their feet, their digging well.”

For Spencer, it’s time to regroup. A largely inexperience squad has been up and down over the first four weeks of the season, but with another month left before the WIAA playoffs, there is plenty of time for the Rockets to continue to improve.

“We had too many unforced errors,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “They’re a good team. You just can’t give them that many free points.

“We started and were kind of a mess the first week and a half. They keep getting better and better, and learning. We’re not a young team, but we’re an inexperienced team. Our goal now is to take second in the conference, because I think that (Columbus) is probably the best team.”

Both teams return to Cloverbelt East action on Thursday. Spencer is at Greenwood, while Columbus Catholic will play at Colby. Both matches start at 7:15 p.m.

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Spencer volleyball beats Loyal, improves to 2-0 in Cloverbelt East

Posted on 14 September 2017 by paul

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SPENCER – The Spencer volleyball team improved to 2-0 in the Cloverbelt Conference East Division with a 3-0 sweep of Loyal on Thursday night at Spencer High School.

The Rockets won 25-14, 25-18, 25-21.

“We played more as a team tonight,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “If we clean up our side of the net, things will improve quick.”

Lexi Baehr had 10 kills and 12 digs, Sadie Mercier added 22 assists, two aces and two blocks, and Shelbi Hoefs had 13 digs for the Rockets.

Shaelee Neitzel added seven kills and two blocks in the victory.

Spencer hots Marshfield Columbus Catholic on Tuesday in a battle of conference leaders.

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Spencer volleyball swept at Rib Lake

Posted on 11 September 2017 by paul

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RIB LAKE – The Spencer volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss to Rib Lake in a nonconference match Monday at Rib Lake High School.

Rib Lake won the match 25-8, 25-14, 25-14. Spencer is now 4-13 in matches this season.

Chloe Drews had three kills, and Sadie Mercier had 11 digs and nine assists for Spencer, which hosts Loyal in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division match on Thursday.

“We just looked tired and uninspired,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “Their defense was incredible, but we helped them with way too may unforced errors.”

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Stratford wins title, Columbus Catholic fourth at Auburndale Volleyball Invitational

Posted on 10 September 2017 by paul

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AUBURNDALE – Stratford lost just one set in its six matches to run away with the team title at the Auburndale Volleyball Invitational on Saturday at Auburndale High School.

Stratford defeated Auburndale 2-0, Prentice 2-0, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 2-0, Pittsville 2-0, Columbus Catholic 2-0, and Stevens Point Pacelli 2-1 to win the championship.

Mazie Nagel had 49 kills and 52 digs, Makayla Krall had 33 digs, Jadyn Dahlke had 69 assists and Brooke Peterson had 65 assists for the Tigers.

Marshfield Columbus Catholic placed fourth after reaching the final four.

Columbus Catholic placed fourth, finishing 3-3 overall. The Dons went 3-1 in pool play as they came back from a 2-0 loss to Mosinee to beat Iola-Scandinavia 2-0, Auburndale 2-1, and Spencer 2-0.

Columbus advanced to the gold bracket before losing to Stratford 2-0 in the semifinals, and Mosinee again 2-1 in the third-place match.

“The team played some good ball today,” Columbus coach Kat Egle said. “Our losses came to some high-caliber volleyball teams. It is exciting to see our team improve.”

Maren Seefluth had 28 kills and 43 digs, Annie Baierl had a team-high 68 digs, and Brooke Neider had 96 assists for the Dons. Jessica Jakopin added 25 kills, Kenzie Hansen had 20 kills, and Katie Hall chipped in 45 digs for the Dons in their six matches.

Spencer went 1-4, losing all three of its pool games.

The Rockets lost to Auburndale 25-19, 25-13; Mosinee 25-17, 25-13; and Columbus Catholic 25-10, 25-16. Spencer defeated Iola-Scandinavia 25-23, 25-16, before dropping its final match to Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 25-21, 25-19.

Lexi Baehr had 21 kills, nine service aces, and 29 digs; and Sadie Mercier had 48 assists and 19 digs for Spencer in its five matches.

“Passing and serve receive let us down all day,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “We are improving a lot of areas, but we need to work harder.”

Auburndale did not report statistics or results to MarshfieldAreaSports.com.

Spencer plays at Rib Lake on Monday, Stratford is at Colby on Monday and hosts Edgar on Tuesday, Columbus returns to action Thursday at Neillsville, and Auburndale will play a nonconference match at home Tuesday against Owen-Withee.

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Spencer volleyball squeaks past Gilman in conference opener

Posted on 08 September 2017 by paul

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GILMAN – The Spencer volleyball team pulled out a gutty 3-2 win over Gilman in its Cloverbelt Conference East Division opener Thursday night at Gilman High School.

The Rockets won 25-16, 13-25, 25-27, 25-19, 15-13.

Lexi Baehr had 16 kills and 28 digs, and Sadie Mercier had 32 assists and 22 digs to lead Spencer.

“We were up and down all night,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “When we passed, we looked great. It was a good way to start conference play.”

Spencer will participate in the Auburndale Invitational on Saturday.

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Spencer volleyball drops home match to Mosinee

Posted on 05 September 2017 by paul

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SPENCER – The Spencer volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Mosinee in a nonconference matchup Tuesday at Spencer High School.

Mosinee won 25-7, 25-13, 25-20.

Chloe Drews had seven kills, Sadie Mercier added 10 assists, and Lexi Baehr had 12 assists for the Rockets (2-8).

“We just struggled in serve receive and passing in general,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “They are too good of a team to tip and push.”

Spencer opens its Cloverbelt Conference East Division schedule Thursday at Gilman.

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Spencer volleyball finishes sixth at Marathon Invite

Posted on 27 August 2017 by paul

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MARATHON – The Spencer volleyball team went 2-3 to finish in sixth place at the Marathon Early Bird Invitational on Saturday at Marathon High School.

The Rockets beat Northland Lutheran 25-21, 25-18, and Fall Creek 18-25, 25-16, 15-13. Spencer lost to Phillips 25-14, 25-13; Stratford 25-13, 25-9; and Thorp 25-18, 25-14.

Lexi Baehr had 31 kills, 22 digs and seven service aces, and Elexa Post had 31 digs for the Rockets. Sadie Mercier added 61 assists, six aces and six blocks, and Chloe Drews had 18 kills for Spencer.

“We struggled with serve receive all day, that hurt us,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “However, we made a lot of improvements since Tuesday (0-4 at its home invite).”

Spencer hosts Mosinee in a nonconference match on Sept. 5.

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Spencer volleyball drops four matches at home invite

Posted on 23 August 2017 by paul

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SPENCER – The Spencer volleyball team opened its season by dropping all four of its matches at the Spencer Invitational on Tuesday.

The Rockets lost to Chippewa Falls McDonell, Stanley-Boyd, Pittsville and Prentice.

McDonell went 4-0 to win the team title.

Lexi Baehr had 18 kills, Sadie Mercier had six blocks and 41 assists, and Elexa Post had six service aces for Spencer.

“We are a young and inexperienced team this year,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “We took our lumps today, but it showed the girls where we need improvement.”

Spencer will compete at the Marathon Early Bird Invitational on Saturday.

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