Raider netters fall to Viroqua, swept in tourney

The Arcadia volleyball team rallied to force a fifth set, but they came up short.

Viroqua controlled the first two sets to take what is usually a commanding lead, but Arcadia fought back to win the next two. The fifth set was close, but the Blackhawks came out on top. Arcadia then went 0-4 in a tournament hosted by Cumberland. 

The loss put Arcadia at 3-17 overall and 2-8 in Coulee Conference play. That was before they hosted Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau on Monday and went to Westby on Tuesday. 

Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament play begins this coming Tuesday. The Raiders are in the Division Two Altoona sectional, though pairings had yet to be announced as of press time.

VIR      25 25 25 19 15

AHS     11 18 27 25 11

After not being very close in the first two sets, the Raiders rallied to force a fifth set, but came up short.

The Blackhawks were in control, winning the first set by 14 points and the second by seven. The Raiders didn’t go away easily, however, winning a hard fought third set in extra points before taking the fourth by six. But evening the match was the best the Raiders could do as the Blackhawks won the fifth set by four.  

Sky Reit led the Raiders with 14 blocks, 19 digs and three service aces, while adding four kills. Catherine Pehler-Ziegeweid led the team with six kills as Kaitlyn Bremer had five and Kianna Suchla had four. Suchla also had four blocks and tied Reit for the team lead with 19 digs. Kealey Ziegeweid had 16 digs.

Sammy Berg led the team with 10 set assists and added two aces, the same number as Lauren Conrad. 

Cumberland tournament

Arcadia struggled offensively all tournament as they won just one set.

They started with a 25-16, 25-20 loss to Ladysmith. Bremer led the team with five kills, while Reit added three and two blocks. Suchla had five blocks. Both Berg and Conrad had four assists, Ziegeweid led the team with seven digs. Reit added two aces.

Arcadia followed that with a 25-10, 25-18 loss to Spooner. Reit had two blocks and two kills, while Berg added two kills. Suchla had 13 digs, Ziegeweid had three aces and Conrad had three assists.

The Raiders got closer, but still fell short against Northwood, 25-18, 25-19. Reit led the team with four kills, 12 digs and one ace. Suchla had two blocks and Berg added seven assists. Suchla and Berg also had aces.

Arcadia came out strong against Spring Valley, winning the first set 25-6, but they lost the next two 25-16, 15-6. Reit had six kills, four blocks and 22 digs to lead the team in all three categories. Berg had six assists and two aces, Ziegeweid added two aces.

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