WABENO, Wis. - Wabeno spoiled Niagara's perfect October.
The top-seeded Logrollers, with a variety of big hitters and strong servers, stopped the Badgers 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-17) in a WIAA Division 4 volleyball regional championship Saturday.
Niagara entered the regional final with a 7-0 mark for October.
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Niagara’s Maryellen Wagener encounters Wabeno’s Gloriann Waube at the net in Saturday’s WIAA Division 4 volleyball regional final.
"That's not the team that has been playing the month of October," Niagara Coach Carol St. Arnauld said. "We didn't start well and it just snowballed from there. We never got into the flow for whatever reason."
Wabeno (32-2) and Florence will clash Thursday at Lena in a sectional semifinal. The unbeaten Northern Lakes Conference champions swept the Bobcats to start league play in September.
"They played really well. They played like a team," Wabeno Coach Michelle Boor said. "Everything was rolling the way it should have been."
Wabeno moved out to a 9-2 cushion in the first set and breezed to 18-10 from there.
The second set was more of the same with the Logrollers jumping out to 14-4 and later 23-10. A serving spree from Holly Spaude helped Wabeno reel off nine straight points.
In the third set, Niagara battled early and trailed by just 13-12. Wabeno kicked it in from there to take the regional title.
"We had a few lapses in concentration but we were able to overcome and push right back," Boor said.
Maryellen Wagener's nine kills (seven spike) topped the Badgers. Shelby Borchardt totaled 28 digs.
"We didn't play with the confidence like we have been playing," St. Arnauld. "Maybe it was their serving. Our passing wasn't the greatest and our sets weren't good. That all goes into hitting.
"They had some nice servers and we just didn't pass well
because of it."
Niagara did come a long way, an 8-8 M&O Conference team in 2011 that finished 11-5 this season. The Badgers closed out September with a 6-5 league mark.
"They worked their butts off to get here and I'm proud of them," St. Arnauld said. "They've given me 110 percent and I can't ask for any more. We had a great year."
The Badgers graduate Wagener, Kaitlyn Lundin, Danielle Bennett, Melinda MacDonald and Paige Lindlbauer. They do return three sophomore standouts in Borchardt, Abbey Bagnieschi and Shanna Nordell.
"The three sophomores improved and they got some valuable experience," St. Arnauld said.
Danielle Bennett - 2 digs, 6 assists.
Maryellen Wagener - 9 kills, 11 digs.
Shelby Borchardt - 4 kills, 28 digs.
Kaitlyn Lundin - 6 kills.
Abbey Bagnieschii - 1 kill, 3 digs, 5 assists.
Shanna Nordell - 1 kill, 18 digs, 1 assist.
Melinda MacDonald - 1 kill.
Paige Lindlbauer - 14 digs, 1 assist.
Kate Nawn - 1 kill, 3 assists.
Brooklyn Wolosyn - 2 kills.
Mesa Geiter - 10 kills, 2 blocks.
Holly Spaude - 8 kills, 15 assists, 3 aces.
Courtney Schaefer - 11 assists.