WAUKESHA — Lakeside Lutheran posted a perfect 6-0 record to win Saturday’s Waukesha North Invitational.
“I was really proud of the girls today,” Lakeside Lutheran coach Jenny Krauklis said. “They played strong the entire tournament and finished strong. It is so great to see them overcome the things we were struggling with at the beginning of the season. Not only did they play well today, but the refs took the time to compliment the girls on their attitudes and sportsmanship — that is really saying a lot about the team we have.”
Lakeside took first in pool play, beating Milwaukee School of Languages (25-15, 25-12), Elkhorn (25-23, 25-11), Milwaukee Morse Marshall (25-9, 25-7) and Medford (23-25, 27-25, 15-8) to move into the Gold Division.
In the pool crossover game, the Warriors handled Lake Country Lutheran (25-19, 25-19) to set up a championship match against Elkhorn. Lakeside Lutheran closed out the unbeaten day with a 25-19, 25-21 win to take the title.
Sophomore Sam Anthon led the Warriors with 46 kills and 8 1⁄2 blocks in the invitational. Senior Vicki Janikowski put up 108 assists, junior Jessie Miller had 12 aces and senior Laine Luisier finished with 46 digs. In addition, junior Kristen Tetzlaff had 19 kills, senior Megan Ganser recorded 7 1⁄2 blocks and junior Keri Bachler chipped in with 10 aces and 26 digs for the Warriors.
“Jessie Miller had a really great day for us,” Krauklis said. “She was able to pick up some great digs and saves, especially off block coverage, and did a fine job serving. Against Morse Marshall, she pulled in 14 straight serves, nine of those being aces. She is just a real hard worker, and her enthusiasm is an asset to our team.
“Sam Anthon had another great night, pulling in 46 total kills, despite the fact that I sat her out three complete sets. Many of the starters were able to rest early on in pool play, which helped us to finish strong. Our bench did great when they were called on to win those matches without their ‘go to’ teammates.”
The Warriors (26-14 overall) host Columbus Tuesday for Dig Pink Night.