BREAKING: Lady Chiefs sweep Spartans, earn first sectional win in nine years
(From far right, clockwise) Maggie Kivlin, Meghan Schneider, Annie Kunes, Amy Schryver, Sydney Racky, Katarina Rotta and Mackenzie Long rock a group hug after Thursday's 3-0 win over McFarland. Mike Ramczyk.
October 28, 2011 | 11:04 AMLAKE MILLS - The buzz began back in August.
Coaches, players and even parents envisioned the Big Foot volleyball team doing big things this fall. Heck, one parent even marched into the Lake Geneva Regional News office proclaiming, "This is the year."
He may have been right.
Move over, Big Foot football. For the moment, the volleyball ladies rule the school, and they're just getting started.
The Big Foot netters made history tonight, downing McFarland, 25-21, 27-25, 25-20, in a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal at Lakeside Lutheran High School. It was the program's first sectional match victory in Coach Jen Stelling's nine-year career, and it marked the first time Big Foot will play for the right to make state since 1999.
"It's good for the girls and Big Foot," Stelling said. "We have a special group of girls."
The No. 1-seeded Lady Chiefs advance to Saturday's sectional final against fellow top-seeded Richland Center at Edgerton with a trip to the Resch Center in Green Bay on the line. Richland Center defeated Platteville in four games tonight.
For Stelling, playing at Edgerton is no problem.
"It's our second home," she said. "We've been there twice this year, and we've won a tournament and took second another time. Richland Center tried to get the site changed. It means everything. We're closer to Edgerton than them, and I'm excited about that."
On Thursday night, Division 1 recruit Annie Kunes led the way for Big Foot. She had nine kills and three aces. Fellow captain Meghan Schneider paced the club with five blocks and added seven kills.
However, it was far from a two-girl show. Several players stepped up all night, including Sydney Racky, Amy Schryver, Laura Hanley and Katarina Rotta.
After cruising in game one, Big Foot ran into some adversity in game two. The teams were back and forth most of the game. In the late stages, McFarland went ahead 24-23, and Big Foot called timeout. That was all it took for the Walworth girls to kick it into gear.
They finished with a 4-1 run to go up 2-0 and suck the life out of the Spartans. Racky lobbed a kill in the middle of the Spartan defense for a point to make it 26-25, then Hanley wrapped things up with a creative tip kill which sailed behind her and beyond the outstretched Spartan player.
By the third game, McFarland was on its last leg. The Lady Spartans were quiet and had their heads down as Big Foot jumped out to a 14-5 lead. McFarland cut the lead to 18-14 and 24-20, but Big Foot was too strong.
Check Wednesday's Lake Geneva Regional News for a full story including quotes from Racky, Hanley, Stelling and Rotta along with photos.
Visit www.lakegenevanews.net Saturday for results from the sectional final.
Finally, hit up our Facebook page, "Lake Geneva Regional News and Resorter," right now for a photo album from tonight's game. Here's the link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lake-Geneva-Regional-News-and-Resorter/126238841959