Southern Door had won two of the three previous meetings with their rival Sturgeon Bay on the high school volleyball court before last night. The Clippers were the Packerland Conference’s top team after the regular season. Sturgeon Bay also finished in front of Southern Door, third compared to fifth, in the conference tournament. Still, the Eagles were seeded higher than the Clippers and hosted Tuesday night’s WIAA Division 2 regional semi-final between the two rival schools.
The best-of-five match started fast for the Eagles. Winners of game one 25-22 the Eagles dropped game two 26-24 before an ill-advised timeout was taken by the Clippers at the end of game three with the score reading 24-23 Eagles. Without a timeout available, the Eagles were awarded a point that allowed the Eagles to win game three 25-23.
Southern Door had to win one of the final two games and would have been headed to Green Bay Notre Dame Thursday for a regional semi-final. Instead, Clippers players stood tall for their coach and played their best ball of the night in games four and five. Winners 25-14 and 15-10 the Clippers clinched a first round victory in dramatic fashion.
It marked the first time in Coach Kim Herlache’s four year varsity coaching career that she has guided the Clippers out of the first round. In her final season steering the Clippers ship, Herlache and her six seniors hope to accomplish a major upset tomorrow night against two seed Notre Dame.
The game will be played in Green Bay and 104.1 FM WRLU will be again broadcasting the regional volleyball match. The pre-game show begins at 6:30 PM with the first serve scheduled for 7:00 PM.
Statistical leaders Tuesday night for Sturgeon Bay were Jacqueline Herlache with a remarkable 44 digs and 14 service points. Caralyn Mickey led the team in blocks with nine and kills with 12. Emilie Schartner had seven had seven block kills, Sophia Braschnewitz tallied 12 kills while Leah McCormick ran off ten service points and 21 assists. Caroline Miller also dished out 15 assists in the victory.
Southern Door was paced by Acasia Tupa who limberly passed up 26 digs. Allison Babler racked up 12 kills and five blocks. Courtney VanHout amassed 10 kills and six blocks. Finally, Megan Hawkey dished out 21 assists and finished with nine service points.