The Shoreline of Lake Michigan, where it’s always “cooler” by the Lake. From Door County down to the Kenosha/Racine area, there are plenty of top athletes who can look to the East and view water as far as the eye…
The Shoreline of Lake Michigan, where it’s always “cooler” by the Lake. From Door County down to the Kenosha/Racine area, there are plenty of top athletes who can look to the East and view water as far as the eye can see. A perfect backdrop for day on the beach with a volleyball. Although that sounds like the perfect summer day, the game that some of these athletes bring is anything from a lazy day on the beach. Here are some of the top players you will find on the shoreline making out way South by starting at the gateway to Door County.
Kendra Dantoin – Southern Door High School – Class of 2020
Southern Door might not technically be on the Lake (more on the Bay), but either way Kendra Dantoin is a big time point scorer from the outside who led the team with 415 kills in 2018 leading the Eagles to a second place finish in the Packerland Conference behind Oconto. Dantoin played for One Wisconsin 18-National where they finished in the Gold Bracket of the Patriot Division of USAV 18s Nationals. She will be a big time go-to once again entering her Senior season.
Kenzie Hanson – Luxemburg-Casco – Class of 2021
Luxemburg-Casco is a consistent powerhouse in Northeast Wisconsin, located between the Bay and Lake Michigan just East of Green Bay. Hanson had a breakout Sophomore year with just under 247 kills for the Spartans who lost in five to Little Chute in the Sectional final. LC losses Cassie Schlitz, the UWGB basketball recruit on the pin and Peyton VandenBush in the middle, but will be returning plenty of talent for another strong season.
Holly Baierl – Luxemburg-Casco – Class of 2020
Baierl brings a big time presence to the net where she led the Spartans in blocks and will be a bigger offensive threat heading into the 2019 season. One Wisconsin has been a club where Luxemburg-Casco has found success in the National programs in Green Bay and the satellite programs where the 17 Black Flyers team is comprised of plenty of LC athletes. Baierl, along with fellow Senior, Bekah Day setting will be a solid combination and will be looking to finish their season at the state tournament in Green Bay.
Lauren Borchardt – Manitowoc Lincoln – Class of 2021
Katie DiRaimondo is the big time pin hitter for the Ships, leading the team with over 400 kills in 2018. However, she is not the only point scorer with the likes of Lauren Borchardt who had nearly 250 kills and almost 200 digs. The Junior to be has been playing on the One Wisconsin 17-1 team this past club season. Another up and coming athlete for Lincoln will be Mary Satori, who has had a breakout club season playing for FC Elite 15 Navy.Myka Roethel is part of a solid core from the Class of 2021 for Howards Grove.
Sheboygan has crept up on the state producing some top tier volleyball athletes. From Sheboygan North High School in the Class of 2019 there is Dru Kuck (Kansas State), Kasey Bell (Loyola-Chicago), and Annie Hopp (Bemidji State) while over in Plymouth there is Cece Huhn who will be heading to Northern Colorado. This season provides for some more firepower with the likes of Lizzie Binder, a top 2021 prospect for Sheboygan North along with backrow standouts in Natalie Dulmes and Hope Sholten. There is also a whole crew from Howards Grove that features Emily Bruckshen, the Senior to be powerhouse pin along with a loaded Class of 2021 that includes Emma Baierl, Myka Roethel, and Dayton commit Karissa Kaminski. This Fall will also mark the debut of incoming Freshman, Saige Damrow, a libero who has already given her verbal commit to Wisconsin.
Kelsey Carrington – Racine St. Catherines
Carrington is fresh off a verbal commit to play for Oklahoma. The Class of 2020 middle blocker/right side has been a force for Milwaukee Sting this past club season with her ability to set the big block, but also be a terminal attacker. Her ability to swing off a one foot attack is tough to stop. With her athleticism and size she is a really solid late pick up for the Sooners.
Mya Lequia – Racine Lutheran
Lequia is a Class of 2022 middle blocker who had nearly 150 kills in her Freshman debut. This past club season, Lequia has developed into a top player for Wisconsin Juniors 15-1. Her ability to jump to attack or defend is what puts her in a position to make a big impact at the net.
Bella Bratzke – Kenosha Indian Trail
Bratzke made quite an impact on the club scene last year for Sting 15 Black and followed that up with a spot on the Badger Region High Performance team and a really solid Sophomore campaign for Indian Trail High School. In 2018, Bratzke had 267 kill, good enough for nearly three per set.
Madeline Haines – Kenosha Indian Trail
Haines is one of the most versatile pins in the Class of 2020 for Wisconsin. She can play six rotations, swing from the right or left side, and attack from the backrow. Defensively she can pass on point and set a really solid block. She led Indian Trail High School with over 350 kills last season and is having a really strong club season for Wisconsin Juniors 17-1.