Tall, strong Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton was too much for the Clipper B girls in a 2-0 road loss on Tuesday.
Addi Holden’s back-to-back kills tied game one 3-3. Later, Taylor McCabe slapped down a winner, but the Bulldogs followed with a four-point flurry that included a trio of kills and an ace tip for a 10-5 advantage.
But the Clippers caught up. Maile Meissner, Olivia Shouler and Anika Sathoff (above)—who last year played on the seventh-grade team—each swung for a kill, and Mariah McCabe served up an ace. Another Sathoff attack deadlocked the game at 13.
But Cleveland’s offense went on vacation after that, socking the ball into the net and outside the boundary lines, and the Clippers trailed 20-16 before Taylor McCabe smacked a hit to the floor. Sathoff produced a couple off kills down the stretch, but the Bulldogs won 25-22 when a Clipper hit flew over the line.
With a Holden ace block and a Delaney Thompson ace serve, game two started out well for the Clippers but didn’t end that way.
Up 9-5, the Bulldogs rallied for the next six points before serving out of bounds. Sathoff’s kill stalemated the game at 11, but the Bulldogs unleashed an onslaught of kills and service aces to lead 21-12. Continuing to stymie the Clipper attack, JWP won 25-17 after a four-point run that included two kills and an ace serve.
With seven kills, Sathoff led the Clipper offense. Holden and Taylor McCabe each had three kills.
The B girls will look to get back on track when they host Mountain Lake on Tuesday, September 5.
Mariah McCabe lowers for a serve receive.
Olivia Shouler extends for a block.
Taylor McCabe stretches for a block.
Keira Schipper bumps an over.
Lacey McCabe contorts for a dig.
Addi Holden follows through a hit.
Eighth graders Jocelyn Kortuem, Valentina Rohlfing and Luci Blaschko got some floor time.