EagleHerald/Matt Lehmann
Brooke McFadden of Crivtz puts the ball over the net as Suring’s Paige Krueger jumps into the air for the block Tuesday in Crivitz.
EagleHerald/Matt Lehmann

Brooke McFadden of Crivtz puts the ball over the net as Suring’s Paige Krueger jumps into the air for the block Tuesday in Crivitz.

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CRIVITZ —  The Crivitz girls volleyball team defended its home court Tuesday, taking down Suring 3-0 in a matchup of M&O conference rivals.

“We knew Crivitz was tough and strong,” Suring head coach Tonia Kruschke said. “Our goal was to play the best defense we could, getting a hand on the block and slowing the ball down. “Some of that happened tonight where it hasn’t happened for us before. So we are seeing some improvement.”

The Wolverines (12-0, 17-5) dominated game one behind some excellent net play by Brooke McFadden and a key service ace from Chloe Gruszynski en route to a 25-10 win.

Suring (6-13, 6-21) took the fight to Crivitz in game two.

After falling behind 4-0, the Eagles tied the game at 9-9 off some Wolverine service errors. Suring took the lead thanks to a nice serve by Stephanie Huth and some great defensive stops by Grace Fisher. Another fantastic serve by Huth put Suring up 14-12, but the Wolverines clawed back regain the lead. A service ace by Saige Nelsen was the dagger, with Crivitz taking game two 25-20.

“We had a dip in the second game but the girls picked their intensity up and started playing more consistent,” Crivitz head coach Molly Meyers said. “I’m super proud of them and was really happy with how they played.”

“We passed much better and took advantage of their serving errors in the second game” Kruschke said. “We have to be able to capitalize on that if the other team is going to give us a point.”

Crivitz jumped to an early 8-0 lead in game three, but the Eagles responded on the back of two Cher Whiting aces and some good digs by Kelsey Smith to make it an 8-3 contest. The Wolverines then pounced on Suring, taking advantage of some Eagle errors to push the score to 24-13.

Down to their last chance, Suring valiantly tried to keep a Crivitz serve in play, but the ball took an unlucky bounce off an Eagle’s fingertips and hit the ground, giving Crivitz the 25-13 win and preserving the 3-0 sweep.

“Suring, as always, puts up a battle any time we play them,” Meyers said. “I’m happy that our girls got out of their heads in and got back to how they were playing before.”

Nelsen led Crivitz in assists with a whopping 28 while also chipping in three aces. Gruszynski had 11 kills and two digs to go along with her ace, Morgen Gyger had a team-high nine digs, two aces and six kills and Sianna Guns had a nice all-around day with six aces, three kills, three digs and two blocks.

Suring was led by Whiting, who tallied two aces, a kill, a dig and an assist. Fisher led the Eagles in digs with eight while Kate Mahoney had three assists, a block, a kill and a dig. Huth contributed two aces, a kill and four digs and Smith had an ace and a kill to go with her seven digs.