Zaleski Sports

AUBURNDALE – Auburndale finished second, and Stratford beat Marshfield Columbus Catholic in the third-place match at the Auburndale Volleyball Invitational on Saturday.

Auburndale went 3-1 in pool play, beating Nekoosa, Stevens Point Pacelli and Prentice, and losing to Mosinee. After the Apaches topped Stratford in the 23-25, 25-16, 15-12, in the semifinals, they lost to Mosinee in the championship match.

Katie Helminiak had 53 kills and 50 digs, Maggie Willfhart had 25 kills and 70 digs, Natalie Aue had 42 kills, and Georgi Schmutzer had 119 assists and 20 kills in the Apaches’ five matches.

Stratford beat Iola-Scandinavia 2-0 (25-14, 25-4), Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 2-0 (25-15, 25-18), Spencer 2-0 (25-9, 25-13), and Columbus Catholic 2-0 (25-20, 25-18) in pool play. After losing to Auburndale in the semifinals, the Tigers regrouped to beat Columbus 2-0 (25-17, 25-21) to claim third place.

Mikayla Guldan led Stratford with 19 kills and 30 digs in four matches for Stratford. The Tigers’ stats from the Iola-Scandinavia match were not reported.

Columbus finished 3-1 in pool play. In addition to the loss to Stratford, the Dons beat Assumption 25-10, 25-14; Spencer 25-15, 25-8; and Iola-Scandinavia 25-8, 25-15. The Dons lost to Mosinee in the semifinals, 25-23, 25-21, and in the third-place match to Stratford.

Dorci Walker had 30 kills, 30 digs and 16 service aces, Jessica Jakopin had 25 kills and 13 blocks, Emmalee Jicinsky had 18 kills and 17 digs before leaving with an injury, Meghan Kibbel had 68 assists, and Sydney Litwaitis had 41 digs for the Dons.