Parker, Craig each fall in five-game volleyball matches
JANESVILLE--A young Janesville Parker volleyball team continues to go through some growing pains.
That certainly isn’t stopping the Vikings from showing heart.
Twice on Thursday night they rallied from down a game to Madison West, but the Regents used an aggressive fifth game to earn a dramatic Big Eight victory in Parker’s gymnasium.
“We’re growing; we’re so growing,” Parker coach Kathy Bullis said. “We have a lot of sad faces, but it’s how you respond to it. And I said, ‘Next time, when we get into that situation where we’re going to go five, we know how it feels, and we don’t want to be on that end.’”
Madison West cruised to the first-game victory, 25-17, but needed a 7-0 rally in the second to take a 20-19 lead.
From there, Parker junior middle blocker Kathryn Dubanowich—who led the Vikings with 10 kills—used a pair of nifty shots to give her team the momentum and the second set, 25-21.
The third game was a back-and-forth affair throughout until West prevailed, 28-26.
In the fourth, the Vikings used another impressive run to pull away. Danielle Kettle served seven consecutive points, including two of her match-high five aces, as Parker went from a 17-17 tie to a 24-17 lead.
“They’re definitely making progress,” Bullis said. “Earlier in the year, we might have just folded. I think it was real pivotal when we were up at East and they responded. They knew, ‘Hey, we believe in ourselves. We can do this.’”
Dubanowich also added two more kills during that stretch and the Vikings held on to win 25-21 and force the fifth game.
The two teams opened the final game battling to a 4-4 tie before West junior outside hitter Amber Reed found a groove. The Regents had used a steady dose of Elizabeth Brown, their captain who led all players with 18 kills, but the fifth game belonged to Reed.
She had four kills in the Regents’ final 11 points to help West pull away.
“(Reed) did a great job,” Bullis said. “She was getting up and working around our block.”
Parker junior Kyslee Greve led all players with 25 digs, and the Vikings hung tough despite setter Claire Fox having to play through illness. She still led the way with 27 assists.
“When your setter is off, that’s your quarterback,” Bullis said. “But they responded really well.”
Parker fell to 2-4 in Big Eight play. The Regents picked up their first victory to go to 1-5.
The Vikings play at Verona on Tuesday.
MADISON WEST 3, JANESVILLE PARKER 2
West 25 21 28 21 15
Parker 17 25 26 25 9
Leaders: Kills—Elizabeth Brown (W) 18, Kathryn Dubanowich (P), 10. Assists—Eryn Sieben (W) 20, Claire Fox (P), 27. Aces—Brown (W) 4, Danielle Kettle (P) 5. Blocks—Eleanor Knauss (W) 8, Kristin Dallman (P) 1. Digs—Hope Blackmon (W) 22, Kyslee Greve (P) 25.
Craig falls on road
Janesville Craig’s girls volleyball team lost a tough five-set match Thursday night.
Madison La Follette jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the decisive fifth game en route to a 15-12 win and a 3-2 Big Eight Conference victory over the Cougars.
Craig (3-3) tied the match at 2-2 with a 25-13 win in game four but could not overcome the slow start in game five.
“We just didn’t play fast enough that last game and had some unforced errors,” Craig coach Blake Budrow said.
“Overall, we played OK. Our serving let us down tonight, and that has been one of our strong spots all season.”
Ali Calkins had 18 kills for Craig, and Kayley Hackett had 18 assists.
Craig hosts Madison Memorial on Tuesday.
LA FOLLETTE 3, CRAIG 2
Janesville Craig 20 25 12 25 12
Madison La Follette 25 23 25 13 15
Craig (aces, kills, assists)—Tinker, 2-1-14; Salemi, 2-0-0; Hackett, 0-1-18; Kell, 0-2-2; Geller, 0-0-0; Hoffarth, 0-0-0; Calkins, 0-18-0; Loveland, 3-1-0; Updike, 0-1-0; Trapp, 1-0-2; Raymond, 4-6-0; Bertagnoli, 0-11-0; Schumacher, 0-0-0; Brandt, 1-1-1.