Dons play regional final at Wausau Newman on Saturday
By Paul Lecker
GREENWOOD — Earlier this season the Marshfield Columbus Catholic volleyball team blew a 2-0 lead and dropped a five-set match to Greenwood in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division matchup.
On Thursday in a WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal, the Dons nearly had the same thing happen. However, this time Columbus prevailed.
Third-seeded Columbus Catholic won the match 25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 12-25, 15-9 to advance to a regional final at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wausau Newman.
“We went in missing our setter (Jennifer Reigel) tonight, but the whole team stepped up and played some of their best volleyball this season,” Columbus Catholic coach Kat Egle said. “I am proud of how they played tonight.”
Natalie Pospyhalla and Abby Baierl stepped in at the setter position and shined for the Dons. Pospyhalla finished with 28 assists, and Baierl had 11 to help set up a majority of the 52 kills accumulated by Columbus in the victory.
Kendra Baierl had a team-high 22 kills, Celine Scholin added 13, and Maren Seefluth had nine for the Dons. Seefluth had 33 digs, and Sierra Litwaitis added 25 to lead the Columbus defense.
Wausau Newman, the No. 1 seed in the regional, swept Rib Lake 3-0 on Thursday.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)