Volleyball: Craig finds success south of border

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John Barry
September 12, 2015

Janesville Craig's girls volleyball team finished second Saturday at the Rockford Jefferson Invitational.

The Cougars won their first three matches before losing to Sterling (Ill.) in the championship match.

“It was a good day for us coming down here for the first time,” Craig coach Blake Budrow said. “There were some good teams, and we played well, especially in the championship against Sterling. It was very close.

“I thought our setter Mel Tinker did a great job of decision-making on the court, and Amanda Carlson had another good day hitting. Harley Nielsen finished with 12 aces, which is really good, and we scored a total of 26 points in four games when she was serving.”

Carlson, a freshman, finished with 29 kills.

Tinker, a senior, had 87 assists.

Craig hosts Madison East in a Big Eight Conference match Thursday night.

Rockford Jefferson Invitational


(Pool play)

Craig def. Rockford East, 25-22; Craig def. Pekin, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23.

(Semifinal round)

Craig def. Rockford Jefferson, 25-17, 25-10.

(Championship match)

Sterling def. Craig, 25-20, 27-25.

Craig leaders: Aces—Hayley Nielsen, 12. Kills—Amanda Carlson, 29; Emma Halverson, 21; Blocks—Carlson, 4. Digs—Annie Schumacher, 23. Assists—Mel Tinker, 87.

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