The Mercer volleyball team’s season really got going when it played a variety of tournaments/invites over the past week.
The Tigers traveled to the Crivitz Invite and went 3-1 on Tuesday, Aug. 27. They then played a quad in Three Lakes where they finished second on Thursday, Aug. 29.
Then they played a tournament in Black River Falls on Saturday, Aug. 31 where they finished fifth out of 12 teams and won the silver bracket.
The Tigers started off beating Niagara 25-18, 25-6. They then continued the success beating Goodman-Pembine 25-9, 25-1 as well as Florence 25-9, 25-20.
But, the struggles came against Laona-Wabeno, where the Tigers lost 23-25, 19-25.
“This was a frustrating day for us as we were making a lot of uncharacteristic errors,” coach Robyn Schoeneman explained. “We weren’t moving well and we couldn’t seem to get our offense going.”
Three Lakes Quad
To start off, the Tigers beat Three Lakes 26-24, 19-25, 15-12 in some close games. They continued their winnings beating Gresham 25-15, 25-13, 15-8.
The tough matchup of the day was Prentice where they lost 25-18, 19-25, 9-15.
“Once again we were disappointed with our finish but pleased overall with the level of play,” Schoeneman said. “Prentice was ranked right behind us in division four. Back to the drawing board after a long day.”
Black River Falls Tourney
The Tigers finally started to see how well they could play to their potential.
“After making some adjustments to our defense, we finally started playing how we were capable,” Schoeneman said. “We stepped up our level of play and finished fifth out of 12 teams-winning the silver bracket and earning medals.”
The Tigers came in second in their pool beating Lincoln-Alma Center 25-9, 25-17 and Hillsboro 19-25, 25-23, 15-13.
“We really started playing well in the Hillsboro match and it carried us through the day,” Schoeneman said.
Their one loss came to Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran 25-20, 25-20.
Once the tournament was re-seeded, the Tigers went into bracket play where they beat Lacrosse Logan 28-26, 25-17 and Lacrosse Central 18-25, 25-23, 15-6.
“The girls worked hard and beat schools that are much bigger than us. I couldn’t be more proud of their effort and the heart they showed in the past week,” Schoeneman said.
Their next game comes Saturday, Sept. 7 when they travel to Grantsburg for an invite.
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