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Rob Reischel
Cole Sweitzer helped Middleton’s boys volleyball team win their first two matches of the season./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

It’s often been said that first impressions are the most telling.

If that’s the case, it could be a banner spring for Middleton’s boys volleyball team.

The Cardinals kicked off their season last week with a pair of wins.

Middleton defeated host Beloit Memorial, 25-11, 27-25, 25-14 on March 4. The Cardinals then downed visiting Racine Case, 25-17, 25-21, 25-22, on March 6.

In Middleton’s win over the Purple Knights, Ruben Emmerich had seven kills, while Nick Stott had 19 assists. Jacob Andler had three aces, John Kruchten had two blocks and Jackson Pertzborn added five digs.

“We had a solid first match against Beloit and got the win,” Cardinals first-year coach Rob Kleinschmidt said. “We were able to use a number of lineup combinations and start to get comfortable with each other in competitive situations. Nick ran a good offense and we saw some positive things we can build on for the season.”

Middleton followed that up with an impressive win over Racine Case.

Emmerich again led the way with 10 kills and three blocks, while Cole Sweitzer added nine kills. Stott had 22 assists and three aces, Colton Tubbs had nine digs and DJ McCall added three aces.

“We came out of the Beloit match with some things we wanted to improve on, and the guys really hit it hard in practice on Friday to work on those,” Kleinschmidt said. “It showed, and we played in control of the match for most of the day. 

“Our defensive play was improved, which led to a more efficient offense as well.  Colton Tubbs, DJ McCall and Jacob Andler had good days in serve receive. We also had some different players step up in key times to finish games for us. It was a solid overall team effort!



March 4


Middleton ……………..…….. 25 27 14     

Beloit Memorial ……………. 11 25 14    

MIDDLETON (leaders) — Kills: Emmerich 7. Assists: Stott 24. Blocks: Frank, Sweitzer 2. Aces: Pertzborn, Emmerich, McCall 2. Digs: Pertzborn 5.

BELOIT MEMORIAL — Kills: Horton 6. Assists: Jordan 7. Blocks: Saladar 3. Aces: Wong 2. Digs: Kleinschmidt 2.


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