Tigers win 'Neighbors' battle

Webster’s Kaitlyn Lee goes for a dig against Siren last Thursday as Taylor Howe (4) looks on.

Glen Skifstad | Sentinel

WEBSTER—At Webster's “Dig Pink” and “Senior Night,” the Tigers held off a tough Siren squad by a 3-1 margin. The game scores were 25-21, 25-12, 20-25 and 25-16.

“The girls played some great volleyball tonight,” praised Tiger coach Stefanie Janssen. “Everything we've been working on has started to click and that's exactly what we want to see happening as we move into the playoffs.”

Webster moved out to a 7-2 advantage, but the Dragons battled back to knot the game at seven on a kill and move ahead 9-7 on a Webster short return. The Tigers, in turn, went up 13-11, but then the Dragons turned the tables and went up 17-15.

Webster knotted the game at 19 and held off the Dragons as the Tigers went on for the win in game one.

Siren fell behind 6-0 in the early stages of game two. The Tigers maintained constant pressure at the net forcing the Dragons into making mistakes on the floor. Taylor Howe showed her presence at the net during the last parts of this game by making a block, a kill and a soft tap placement, giving Webster a 13-point win in game two.

Game three saw the Dragons fall behind as much as 14-8. Server Amy Stanford helped get her team back into the game with four consecutive serves which gained the team that many points and trailed 14-13.

Two plays later, Jaidyn Jewell got going and served five times. Errors by the Tigers got Siren from a deficit into a 19-16 advantage. Play alternated until the 22-19 mark when Abby Kosloski began serving and the Dragons soon gained a 25-20 win.

Webster came out strong in game four, jumping to a 6-2 and later 12-6 advantage. Again the Tigers held off the Dragons, the lead never getting less than six points and the Tigers took game four by nine.

Taylor Howe had a memorable game with 30 kills, three aces and five blocks. Summer Winkler recorded 17 kills with 10 digs. Kaitlyn Lee assisted 23 times with Hannah Janssen right behind at 22.

Webster will have gone to Ladysmith on Tuesday in the first round of a WIAA Regional playoff showdown, while Siren hosted South Shore.

Look for scores elsewhere in this edition of The Sentinel for results of these games as well as the brackets for both Divisions 3 (Webster and Grantsburg included) and 4 (Siren included).