Volleyball: Bonduel wins twice at home invite

Tigerton finishes 1-3
Morgan Rode
Sports Editor

BONDUEL — The Bonduel High School volleyball team opened its season on Tuesday, winning a pair of matches at the Bonduel Invite.

The Bears took down Tigerton (27-25, 25-19) and Suring (25-22, 22-25, 15-11) and dropped matches to Crandon (25-16, 25-19) and Gillett (26-24, 25-18). Crandon won all of its matches to win the invite, while Gillett went 3-1. Tigerton posted a 1-3 mark, while Suring finished 0-4.

In its other matches, Tigerton topped Suring (16-25, 25-9, 15-11) and fell to Crandon (25-8, 25-2) and Gillett (25-19, 25-19).

In Bonduel’s season-opening match against Crandon, freshman Josie Hoffman led the Bears with seven kills and added seven digs. Junior Halea Sporisky finished with 10 assists, while sophomore Allaina Robaidek tallied eight assists and 10 digs.

The Bears were faced with some early season adversity in the match as sophomore Kylie Hoffman went down with an ankle injury.

“One thing I think we (the team) learned is that even when we lose a player, we have to pick ourselves up and keep fighting no matter what,” said Josie Hoffman. “Also that we can’t let things get to our heads, we just have to stay positive as a whole.”

The Bears bounced back in their second match against Tigerton. The win marked the first for new varsity coach Abby Reinke.

Josie Hoffman posted a team-leading 13 kills in the contest. Robaidek totaled 10 assists and three kills, while Sporisky had 11 assists and three kills.

Sophomore Brenna Hertzfeldt and senior Mandi McClone each totaled four kills, while senior Megan Zeitler led the team with seven digs and added three kills.

In the loss to Gillett, Josie Hoffman again led the Bears in kills with seven. She also served a pair of aces.

Robaidek led the team with 13 assists, while Sporisky had 11. Robaidek, Zeitler and Hertzfeldt each had three kills.

Josie Hoffman led the Bears with 10 kills and served five aces in the tight win over Suring. Sporisky finished with six assists and three kills, while Robaidek had seven assists and two aces. Hertzfeldt finished with four kills, while McClone had three.

“I was pretty happy with how the tournament went,” said Reinke. “I think the girls learned a lot throughout the course of the night. We have a few things to work on that we will focus on in our upcoming practices. At times I felt we pulled back and tipped instead of swinging away. I talked to the girls a bit about playing to win rather than playing safe. At times we served really well, but at other times we struggled so we need to improve our consistency there.”

“It felt really great to be back on the court with my team and to get a feel for how we all play together and I’m excited for the rest of the season,” said Sporisky.

Tigerton got its season off to a strong start with its comeback win over Suring.

Junior Adrienne Brady had 10 service points in the contest, while junior Ladia Block had eight and sophomore Elizabeth Robbins six.

Junior Savannah Swartz and Block finished with six digs each, while Brady tallied five assists. Senior Colleen Smith led the team with three kills.

Against Bonduel, Savannah Swartz totaled five kills and 10 digs. Sophomore Jaycee Hoppe-Schmidt also had 10 digs, while Brady finished with four kills and four assists.

Robbins had eight service points and seven assists and freshman Abby Swartz had eight digs and six service points.

“We are definitely learning how to work together as a team,” said Savannah Swartz. “This is a very young team with only a few returning starters. Our setters worked well with what was passed, and in return, our hitters were able to get the ball on the court. But, our serve receive could use some work.”

Abby Swartz totaled five digs while Hoppe-Schmidt had four in the loss to Crandon.

Brady led the team with nine service points and four assists in the setback to Gillett. Hoppe-Schmidt and Robbins each had six service points, while Savannah Swartz led the team with three kills.

“We have a lot of things to iron out, but I saw some great things and am encouraged by the girls hustle and communication,” said Tigerton coach Holly Meverden. “We have many things to practice and improve on, and I’m confident that the athletes will improve quickly.”

Tigerton will host Tri-County on Thursday, Sept. 5 for its next match. Bonduel’s next match comes on Tuesday, Sept. 10, hosting Tigerton.