Hawks gear for sectional battle with rival

Greenfield hoping to avenge conference loss

Oct. 23, 2012

Greenfield - Just two weeks ago, the Greenfield and Greendale girls volleyball teams played a thrilling five-game match in the semifinals of the Woodland Conference Tournament.

The Panthers prevailed by a 23-25, 25-20, 25-19, 21-25, 15-9 count to advance to the championship match, which they lost to Pius XI.

Now the rivals are getting ready to do it all again.

They will meet in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal contest at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at Racine Horlick High School, with the winner advancing to the sectional championship against either Muskego or Union Grove at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Greenfield High School.

Head coaches Britany Pfeifer of Greenfield and Katie Matel of Greendale are looking forward to the quick rematch.

"Last time we played, we made a lot of mistakes, and we have been working since then to fix those mistakes," Pfeifer said. "We are excited to play Greendale; it should be a great match.

"I think it will come down to the team that minimizes errors and plays to win. Greendale has a lot of talent and returning players, some that I have been coaching against for four years. We are ready for round two; the girls are excited, and so are the coaches."

Matel said, "We are all excited to face Greenfield. I believe this will be another close match, and we will definitely have to bring our best game to win. Greenfield has some good players and we will have to work throughout the match to stop them."

The Hustlin' Hawks advanced to the sectional by winning their regional with a 25-21, 25-11, 25-20 victory over Oak Creek on Saturday night.

Jessie Kalous collected 10 kills and two blocks, while Sarah Habermehl totaled nine kills, Luci Krenzke four kills, 25 assists and seven digs, Lauren Bullock 13 digs and Katarina Djurica nine digs and two aces.

"The biggest thing we did was to minimize our errors after the first game," Pfeifer said. "We can't afford to give the opposing team points with simple fundamental errors.

"We were without starter Sam DeLeon, so we had to switch some things in our lineup. Players stepped up and played tough to make up for the loss of Sam.

"This is the point in the season where we need someone to step up and make big plays, and Sarah Habermahl is doing a really nice job of becoming that person when we need her the most."

Greenfield opened the regional by routing Milwaukee Hamilton, 25-7, 25-13, 25-14, in a semifinal on Oct. 18.

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