Strong serving guides Antigo volleyball team|
For a season opener, Antigo’s varsity volleyball team put on a solid show at the Marshfield Invitational on Tuesday.
“You would never know that they went 1-4 for the day by looking at their stats,” first year coach Andi Gretzinger said. “The team was able to serve at a 93 percent success rate, with a 3-1 ace to miss serve ratio.”
The Robins lone win came in the the fourth match on a 25-21, 26-24 margin over Ashland.
After initial losses to both the host Tigers 17-25, 15-25 and Newman Catholic 22-25, 17-25, Antigo fought Hudson in a three-set battle only to lose 20-25, 25-19, 8-15. The Robins also took its final match to three sets versus Merrill, losing 17-25, 25-20, 10-15.
“I saw a lot of hustle and determination from our team as a whole and our lack of errors kept us in tough matches. If we can play that way consistently, the wins will come,” Gretzinger said.
Billie Novak played a key role for the Robins, leading the day with 34 kills over the five matches.
Megan Nedden and Sarah Roller were the block leaders with six and five a piece, respectively.
Host Marshfield won the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record. Newman came i
New coach will take the helm of varsity volleyball program
The Antigo Lady Robins begin the 2015 volleyball season with a new head coach taking over the varsity program. Andi Gretzinger, a local art teacher and last season’s JV3 coach, has recently taken to her new position in the interim of the off-season.
Originally from Crandon, Gretzinger played collegially at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. As team captain her junior year, the young leader aspired to eventually coach at a varsity level.
"I privately coached younger girls while I was a college athlete and coached the JV3 team last season here in Antigo," Gretzinger explained. "I had a coaching minor in college with an art major, so I took a lot of classes and developed a coaching portfolio with the dream of becoming an elementary art teacher and varsity volleyball coach. Now, that is really happening."
Her varsity team will hit the floor today for non-conference competition at Marshfield.
Unlike many first year coaches, Gretzinger is not stepping into the program having to feel things out for the first time. With a year of experience coaching in the Antigo area already on her résumé, Gretzinger has seen the potential that Antigo volleyball has in year
Robins play solid on both sides of ball in blowout win over Raiders
The Antigo Red Robins had something to prove in the 2015 season opener against Two Rivers. Defeating the Purple Raiders 40-12, the Robins demonstrated poise and determination on both sides of the ball.
A balanced offense shined through on Friday, led by senior quarterback Alex Nagel. Completed by a defense that showed discipline against the Raiders’ spread offense, Antigo forced five takeaways through the air.
“The guys really bought into the new system and it shows,” Coach Tom Schofield said after his first career win. “At halftime, when it was still close, we talked a lot about continuing to pound the ball and how our conditioning was going to help us pay off. In camp, in practice, and in games, its meant a lot to know we do the extra things that allow our guys, especially those that play both ways, to play great.”
The Robins were able to score first with 5:59 remaining in the first quarter. Following a Matt Winter interception of Radiers’ QB Trevor Smith at the Antigo 45-yard line, Nagel connected over the top with Zack Levis for a 25-yard touchdown pass. The score marked the same number of TD passes Nagel had throughout all of 2014, tallying one just
Robins shake off the chill to snag a pair of wins at Pulaski
Fall-like conditions marked Antigo’s second scheduled tennis outing of the season Thursday as the Lady Robins were met with both chilly temperatures and wind at the Pulaski Quad.
After stealing a couple matches from the host Raiders in its 5-2 loss, Antigo completed the day by outshining both Green Bay West 6-1 and Shawano 4-3.
Pulaski gave proof to its reputation as a tough opponent, snaring wins in five of the seven matches.
Robin sophomore Izzy Matuszewski was superb in her comeback run at No. 4 singles, defeating the Raiders’ Sami Faucett in a super set tie-breaker 6-1, 4-6 (5) for one of Antigo’s win.
The other came at No. 1 doubles where seniors Abi Warren and Mandy Petts dug deep to down Katie Challoner and Nicole Monette 1-6, 6-2 (2) in another super set tie-breaker.
“They experienced a slow start but came back strong in the second set, dominating the net and covering the court. After winning the second set, their momentum built as they easily won the tie-breaker,” coach Aimee Hein said.
Antigo’s doubles were dominant at Green Bay West with all three teams tallying victory.
A highlight came at No. 3 where freshmen
Antigo J.V. ladies mark opener at the net
The Antigo junior varsity girls tennis team marked its 2015 season opener this week at the Bay Port Invitational.
“This was the first chance for them to take the court in high school play and faired well against a very strong field of opponents, facing teams such as Bay Port, Green Bay Southwest, Appleton North, Kimberly, and Ashwaubenon. The mostly-underclassmen team was not afraid to attack the net and move the ball on the court,” coach Leigh Brown said.
At No. 1 singles, freshmen Maya Gaedkte finished the day with a 2-1 record, defeating her Appleton North opponent 6-0, 6-1, losing to Green Bay Southwest 6-4, 2-6 (6-10) but then defeating Bay Port 6-0, 6-1.
“She started the day with great form and accurate shot placement,” Brown said, adding that her second opponent was a bit more formidable. “Maya started strong but could not hold her lead losing the match but after a brief lunch break, she came back strong to beat Bay Port, leaving her in the dust.
“All in all the freshman had a great tournament,” she added.
At No. 2 singles, junior Allivia Zoern also had a good day on the court, finishing at 2-1. Edging out Ashwaubenon 7-5, 6-4, she
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