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Spencer, Columbus Catholic each have six picked to 2016 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Volleyball Team

Posted on 11 November 2016 by paul

Columbus Catholic senior hitter Kendra Baierl was named to the first team of the All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Volleyball Team for the second year in a row. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Columbus Catholic senior hitter Kendra Baierl was named to the first team of the All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Volleyball Team for the second year in a row. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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Spencer won its fifth-straight Cloverbelt Conference East Division championship, one win ahead of second-place Marshfield Columbus Catholic, and each team had six players selected to the 2016 all-conference volleyball team.

Both the Rockets and Dons had two players picked by the conference coaches to the first team, second team, and honorable mention squads.

Spencer libero Jenna Rogers and Columbus Catholic’s Kendra Baierl, both seniors, were named to the first team for the second-straight year. Joining them are Spencer’s Jenna Schober and Columbus’ Sierra Litwatis, both of whom were honorable mention choices last season.

“Jenna Schober has been a solid all-around player for the past couple seasons,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “Her consistency and drive to win really help her elevate her game to where it is.

“There’s not much more to say about Jenna Rogers then that she can flat out pass a volleyball better than most I have ever seen,” Heller said. “Her job has been to get the ball to the setter and she does it better than anyone. Her hard work and natural ability made her one of the best liberos I have ever seen in our area.”

Baierl had 529 kills this season, finishing her stellar career with 1,135. She also recorded 54 blocks and 58 service aces.

Litwatis, a four-year starting libero for the Dons, had a team-high 404 digs, ending her career with 1,263.

Kassidy Lamovec of Greenwood, Karsyn Rueth of Loyal, and Jocelyn Thur of Neillsville/Granton were also named to the seven-player first team.

Celine Scholin and Jennifer Reigel of Columbus also were repeat all-conference performers, both being named to the second team. Scholin was also a second-team pick in 2015 and Reigel was honorable mention last year.

Scholin finished second on the Dons with 264 kills and 44 blocks. Reigel had 407 assists this season and finished with 1,351 for her career.

“Sierra was our top receiver and was able to put the ball into our setter’s hands,” Columbus Catholic coach Kat Egle said. “Celine helped our defense out with her strong blocking skills and her play at the net. Jennifer was a strong server and digger for the team.”

Spencer’s Sadie Mercier and Liz Endreas were also second-team picks. Mercier was an honorable mention selection last year.

Seniors Natalie Pospyhalla and Maddie DeSmet, and Spencer seniors McKenzie Bainer and Courtney Buss were among those earning honorable mention status.

2016 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Volleyball Team
First team:
Sierra Litwaitis, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Kendra Baierl, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Kassidy Lamovec, sr., Greenwood; Karsyn Rueth, sr., Loyal; Jocelyn Thur, sr., Neillsville/Granton; Jenna Rogers, sr., Spencer; Jenna Schober, sr., Spencer.
Second team: Celine Scholin, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Jennifer Reigel, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Kelly Nielsen, jr., Greenwood; Morgan Reinwand, sr., Loyal; Morgan Hauge, sr., Neillsville/Granton; Sadie Mercier, jr., Spencer; Liz Endreas, sr., Spencer.
Honorable mention: Kiersten Weiland, jr., Colby; Natalie Pospyhalla, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Maddie DeSmet, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Taylor Hendricks, sr., Gilman; Mindy Schoengarth, sr., Neillsville/Granton; Brittany Schwark, sr., Owen-Withee; McKenzie Bainer, sr., Spencer; Courtney Buss, sr., Spencer.

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Spencer volleyball whips Tri-County in WIAA Division 3 regional quarterfinal

Posted on 18 October 2016 by paul

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SPENCER – Spencer will move on to the second round of the WIAA girls volleyball playoffs after beating Tri-County 3-0 in a Division 3 regional quarterfinal Tuesday night at Spencer High School.

The Rockets won 25-10, 25-8, 25-13, to advance to a regional semifinal Thursday at Marathon. Marathon topped Pittsville 3-0 on Tuesday.

Jenna Schober had nine kills and 19 digs, Jenna Rogers had 21 digs, and Liz Endreas added eight kills for the Rockets. McKenzie Bainer had 11 assists and Sadie Mercier added 10 from the setter position.

“It was a nice way to start the playoffs,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “I’m not sure Tri-County has seen a team play defense like we did tonight. Our setters did a great job distributing the ball all night.”

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Spencer volleyball falls to Altoona in Cloverbelt crossover first-place match

Posted on 13 October 2016 by paul

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SPENCER – Altoona swept Spencer 3-0 in the first-place match of the Cloverbelt Conference volleyball crossovers on Thursday night at Spencer High School.

Altoona, champions of the Cloverbelt West Division, topped the East Division champ Rockets 25-20, 25-10, 25-18.

Jenna Schober had eight kills and 18 digs, Jenna Rogers had 23 digs, and Sadie Mercier and McKenzie Bainer each had eight assists for Spencer.

“We played two solid games versus an awesome opponent,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “Hopefully the girls know they can compete with anyone if they give it their all.”

Spencer will open the WIAA playoffs with a Division 3 regional quarterfinal at home Tuesday against Tri-County.

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Spencer volleyball sweeps Greenwood, finishes off fifth unbeaten Cloverbelt East season in a row

Posted on 10 October 2016 by paul

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SPENCER – The Spencer volleyball team finished off another season to remember – its fifth in a row to be exact – as the Rockets defeated Greenwood 3-0 in its final Cloverbelt Conference East Division match of the season Monday night at Spencer High School.

The win finishes off the Rockets’ fifth-straight undefeated Cloverbelt East championship season with the 25-18, 25-14, 25-12, victory.

“We played a really balanced match with a ton of heart,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “Five undefeated conference championships in a row – this group of girls has never dropped a (conference) match in their careers.”

Jenna Schober and Johanna Ellefson each had nine kills, and Liz Endreas had seven for the Rockets offense, with setters Sadie Mercier and McKenzie Bainer contributing 18 and 15 assists, respectively.

Jenna Rogers had 18 digs and Schober added 12 for Spencer.

Spencer will host Altoona in a Cloverbelt Crossover match on Thursday, and will learn its postseason seeding on Wednesday.

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Spencer volleyball finishes seventh at Altoona Invitational

Posted on 08 October 2016 by paul

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ALTOONA – The Spencer volleyball team went 1-3 and finished seventh out of 14 teams at the Altoona Invitational on Saturday.

Spencer beat Stanley-Boyd 2-0, and lost to Elk Mound 2-0, Chippewa Falls 2-1, and Altoona 2-0.

Jenna Schober and Liz Endreas each had 18 kills, Jenna Rogers had 38 digs and three service aces, Sadie Mercier had 33 assists and McKenzie Bainer had 26 assists for the Rockets.

“For as tough as the competition was, we played well,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “A few lapses cost us a couple wins, but we can build off what we did today.”

Spencer closes out its Cloverbelt Conference East Division season Monday at Greenwood. With a win, the Rockets would complete their fifth-straight undefeated conference season.

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Spencer volleyball clinches share of Cloverbelt East title with sweep of Owen-Withee

Posted on 06 October 2016 by paul

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OWEN – The Spencer volleyball team clinched at least a share of its fifth-straight Cloverbelt Conference East Division title with a 3-0 sweep of Owen-Withee on Thursday night at Owen-Withee High School.

The Rockets won 25-15, 25-16, 25-12, to remain perfect at 6-0 in the Cloverbelt East, one-half game ahead of Columbus Catholic, which finished its season at 6-1 after beating Loyal on Thursday.

With a win at Greenwood on Monday, Spencer would complete its fifth undefeated conference season in a row.

“We played very well on the defensive side of the ball tonight,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “When we attacked smart, things really were clicking. It’s nice to get a share of that title, but we want more.”

Jenna Rogers led the defense for the Rockets with 22 digs. She also had five service aces.

Jenna Schober added 14 digs and six kills, Liz Endreas had a team-high 10 kills, McKenzie Bainer had 13 assists, and Sadie Mercier had 12 assists for Spencer.

Before the conference finale Monday, Spencer will compete at the Altoona Invitational on Saturday.

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Spencer volleyball tops Colby to move to 5-0 in Cloverbelt East

Posted on 04 October 2016 by paul

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SPENCER – The Spencer volleyball team took another step toward its fifth-straight Cloverbelt Conference East Division title with a 3-0 sweep of Colby on Tuesday night at Spencer High School.

The Rockets won 25-21, 25-14, 25-19, to improve to 5-0 in the Cloverbelt East. Colby falls to 0-6.

“We didn’t play our best match, but it was enough to stay in the hunt for the conference title. Hopefully we can pick up our game over the next week.”

Jenna Schober had nine kills, four service aces and 18 digs, and Liz Endreas and Johanna Ellefson each added eight kills for Spencer. McKenzie Bainer had 14 assists and Sadie Mercier added 12 in the victory.

Spencer is at Owen-Withee on Thursday and clinch a share of the conference title with a victory.

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Spencer volleyball finishes third at Reedsburg Invitational

Posted on 01 October 2016 by paul

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REEDSBURG – The Spencer volleyball team went 2-2 to finish third at the Reedsburg Invitational on Saturday at Reedsburg High School.

The Rockets’ wins came 29-27 over Hillsboro 29-27, 25-20, and Adams-Friendship 22-25, 25-10, 15-8.

Jenna Schober finished with 32 kills and 38 digs, Jenna Rogers had 47 digs and six service aces, and Liz Endreas added 26 kills for the Rockets.

Setters Sadie Mercier and McKenzie Bainer had 37 and 28 assists, respectively.

“We played some really good teams and we did not bring our ‘A’ game,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “When you face solid Division 1 teams, you have to play your best. Hopefully the solid competition helps us build as we head to the playoffs.

Spencer will play Colby at home on Tuesday.

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Spencer volleyball outlasts Columbus Catholic for 41st straight Cloverbelt East win

Posted on 29 September 2016 by paul

The Spencer volleyball team celebrates after winning the fifth set to defeated Marshfield Columbus Catholic 3-2 in a battle of Cloverbelt East unbeatens Thursday night at Columbus Catholic High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

The Spencer volleyball team celebrates after winning the fifth set to defeated Marshfield Columbus Catholic 3-2 in a battle of Cloverbelt East unbeatens Thursday night at Columbus Catholic High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MARSHFIELD – The Spencer volleyball team has not lost a Cloverbelt Conference East Division match since 2011, but on Thursday night the Rockets nearly met their match.

Columbus Catholic won two of the first three games and had a match point, leading 25-24 in Game 4, the Rockets stormed back to win three straight points to take the set and even the match.

Spencer trailed in the fifth set 5-3 before using a 7-3 run and went on to a 15-10 victory to take the match 3-2 by scores of 23-25, 25-21, 15-25, 27-25, 15-10. The Rockets head into the final three conference matches with a 4-0 record in the Cloverbelt East as they search for their fifth-straight championship. Spencer’s conference win streak now stands at 41.

“I kept saying all night that if we pass, set and swing, we do all right,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “I told them at that timeout (at 24-23) ‘We just need one set, one pass, one swing and we’ll get the ball back, and we did.

The playoff-type intensity of the play on the court was matched by a boisterous crowd as both schools’ “student sections rocked the Columbus Catholic gymnasium.

Spencer fought back from two deficits to take a 22-20 lead in the opening game before the Dons pulled away. Two kills and a block by Celine Scholin allowed Columbus (4-1 Cloverbelt East) to win 25-23.

After taking a 14-9 lead in Game 2 the Dons seemed to have all the momentum. But as was the case throughout the grueling match, momentum didn’t last very long.

Spencer scored the next 11 points, two on kills by Jenna Schober, and a strong defensive effort pushed the Rockets to a 25-21 win to even the match.

The play of Jenna Rogers and Schober in the back row was key to keeping the Rockets in the match.

Schober finished with 15 kills and 28 digs, Rogers also had 28 digs, and Buss had 24 digs and four service aces. Sadie Mercier had 19 assists and McKenzie Bainer added 16.

“Schober and Rogers were putting a lot of balls back up, and Courtney Buss played out of her mind too,” Heller said. “Those three kept us in every point it seemed. If we play like that (in the second set), nobody can beat us. I’ll take on anybody if we can play defense like that.”

Kendra Baierl had nine of her match-high 36 kills in the third set for the Dons, who used a 12-3 run to pull ahead 21-12. Baierl passed the 1,000 kill plateau in the game. A pair of block kills by Scholin finished off a 25-15 win.

The fourth game was tight throughout. Spencer led 11-8 before the Dons forged ahead 14-12. After Spencer scored, neither team led by more than a point until the end.

Columbus went up 25-24 after a service error by the Rockets. Spencer gained a sideout and Schober followed with an ace. A hitting error by the Dons gave Spencer a 27-25 win to even the match again.

“The girls were nervous and it showed with missed serves,” Columbus Catholic coach Kat Egle said. “We had 17 missed serves tonight, we had one the other night, so that’s not normal. Our nerves got the best of us, but they gave it their all, gave it 110 percent.”

An ace from Sadie Mercier put Spencer on top 9-7 in the fifth set and the Rockets led the rest of the way. An ace by Rogers and an error from the Dons ended the match.

Despite the loss, Egle said the Dons have proven they will be a force to be reckoned with the rest of the way.

“We are strong with seniors this year and they really work hard in the offseason,” Egle said. “They take that extra step to do the clubs, the camps, come to all the open gyms, and come to practice and give it their all with no complaints.”

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Spencer volleyball knocks off Neillsville/Granton

Posted on 27 September 2016 by paul

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SPENCER – The Spencer volleyball team improved to 3-0 in the Cloverbelt Conference East Division with a 3-1 win over Neillsville/Granton on Tuesday night at Spencer High School.

The Rockets won 26-24, 22-25, 25-17, 25-19. N/G is now 2-2.

Jenna Schober had 16 kills, five service aces, and 24 digs, McKenzie Bainer had 19 assists, and Sadie Mercier added 18 assists for the Rockets. Jenna Rogers had a team-high 33 digs in the win.

“We were still very inconsistent tonight,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “When we are on we are on, when we are off, we are off. When we hustled and played smart, good things happened.”

Spencer plays at Columbus Catholic in a battle for first place in the conference on Thursday.

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