Saturday, September 26, 2009

Volleyball Match 16: Immanuel v. Independence

Immanuel Invitational Tournament at Immanuel:
Immanuel 2; Independence 1

Game Scores:

Box Score, Game Summary, and Team Stats on

Video available on

Current Match Record: 14-2
Current Conf. Record: 4-1
Current Game Record: 35-7
Dairyland Conf. Standings

Volleyball Match 15: Immanuel v. Plum City

Immanuel Invitational Tournament at Immanuel:
Immanuel 2; Plum City 0

Game Scores:

Box Score, Game Summary, and Team Stats on

Video available on

Current Match Record: 13-2
Current Conf. Record: 4-1
Current Game Record: 33-6
Dairyland Conf. Standings

Volleyball Match 14: Immanuel v. Blair-Taylor

Immanuel Invitational Tournament at Immanuel:
Immanuel 2; Blair-Taylor 0

Game Scores:

Box Score, Game Summary, and Team Stats on

Video available on

Current Match Record: 12-2
Current Conf. Record: 4-1
Current Game Record: 31-6
Dairyland Conf. Standings

Friday, September 25, 2009

Volleyball Rankings: Immanuel 9th in Division 4

WSN's Week 4 Coaches' Poll has ranked Immanuel 9th in Division 4:

Division 4
1 Catholic Central 10-7
2 Potosi 11-4
3 McDonell Central 15-0
4 Faith Christian 10-0
5 Man Lutheran 12-2
6 Highland 14-2
7 Clayton 8-1
8 Hilbert 16-6
9 ECIL 11-2
10 Royall 9-5
11 Rib Lake 6-4
12 Oshkosh Lourdes 21-10
13 Weston 11-3
14 GB NEW Luth 8-14
15 Cambria-Friesland 11-4

WI Volleyball Coaches Assoc. (WVCA) has ranked Immanuel as honorable mention:

Rankings 2009 - Sept 24

Division 4



Previous Weeks Rank
1 Catholic Central 1
2 Potosi 2
3 Manitowoc Lutheran 5
4 Faith Christian (Williams Bay) 4
5 Clayton 3
6 Hilbert 6
7 Rib Lake 8
8 Royall 9
9 Green Bay NEW Lutheran 7
10 Hustisford 10
10 Johnson Creek 10
Honorable Mention
Eau Claire Imm Lutheran
Solon Springs

Immanuel Invitational Schedule

The schedule for the Immanuel Invitational has been released. This will take place tomorrow, Sat., Sept. 26.


#1 10:00 a.m. Blair-Taylor vs Immanuel

#2 11:00 a.m. Independence vs Plum City

#3 11:45 a.m. Plum City vs Immanuel

#4 12:30 p.m. Independence vs Blair-Taylor

#5 1:15 p.m. Blair-Taylor vs Plum City

#6 2:00 p.m. Independence vs Immanuel

2:45 p.m. Championship if necessary

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Volleyball Match 13: Immanuel v. Blair-Taylor

At Immanuel:
Immanuel 3; Blair-Taylor 0

Game Scores:

Box Score, Game Summary, and Team Stats on (preview)

Video available on

Current Match Record: 11-2
Current Conf. Record: 4-1
Current Game Record: 29-6
Dairyland Conf. Standings

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See Story in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram:

Immanuel Lutheran Volleyball 3, Blair-Taylor 0: Lancers stay near top of Dairyland

By Justin Harings
Leader-Telegram staff

Apparently, the Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran volleyball team is staying.

The Lancers, two-time defending champions in the Dairyland Conference, aren't in control this season.

But they're pretty close.

Needing all of 50 minutes, the free-swinging Lancers handled Blair-Taylor, 25-6, 25-12, 25-11, on Thursday night on the Immanuel Lutheran campus and set the stage for a key conference match next week.

"It's nice when we all click, and I think we were on," said Lancers senior libero Renae Markus, who celebrated her 18th birthday with a sweep.

"I don't think we made a lot of errors, which usually works out for us."

The victory kept the Lancers (12-2, 4-1) on the heels of Melrose-Mindoro, which held off Eleva-Strum in five sets Thursday and is unbeaten in the Dairyland.

The Lancers and Mustangs meet Tuesday in Melrose.

A victory would put the Lancers in position to at least share the conference title for the third straight season after losing three all-conference players from last year's team.

Their only Dairyland loss this season came in a five-set affair against Independence last week.

"I've been pleased with, I guess, the rate of success early on this season," Lancers coach Joe Lau said. "I thought the learning curve might be a little bit longer."

After advancing to the WIAA Division 4 sectionals for the first time a year ago, the Lancers lost first-team all-Dairyland setter Stephanie Lau and a combined 372 kills from hitters April Oster and Kelsey Albrecht.

They responded by winning this month's Dairyland tournament - the first time they've done that - and putting themselves on track for a high seed in the postseason.

"I think we lost a lot of good players, but other people stepped up," said Lancers junior setter Heidi Lau, who took over for her older sister at the position and had 25 assists Thursday.

Senior outside hitter Katherine Kazemba played another complete match for the Lancers on Thursday, finishing with 12 kills, eight digs and eight aces. She made the all-conference first team as a junior last season.

"We've just been working hard and working together as a team," Kazemba said.

Two years ago the Lancers went unbeaten in conference and were left with a No. 5 seed in regionals. However, they promptly were swept by Greenwood in the first round. When they won the Dairyland last year, they were rewarded with a No. 1 seed and made good on it before a four-set loss to state-bound Clayton in the D4 sectional semifinals.

"I think last year we had more offensive weapons as far as being able to put the ball away," Joe Lau said. "This year, as a team, we're better passers. That allows our setter to distribute better."

In her first season as the starting setter, Heidi Lau certainly has some options. Much of the Lancers' success comes from Kazemba on the outside, and tall senior Jessica Ohlmann hits a strong ball in the middle.

"You lose some players, and you've got to fill their spots," Markus said. "And that's what we did. We've got a good team.

"We don't have as much height as we did the last couple years, but we sure make use of what we do have."

When the postseason arrives, the Lancers will find themselves sharing a regional with balanced Chippewa Falls McDonell, the current leader in the Western Cloverbelt Conference.

If the Macks win out, they likely would be the regional's No. 1 seed. A strong finish by the Lancers, though, could put them near the front of the line when it comes time for the seeding meeting.

"To be able to repeat last year's and get to sectionals would be a big accomplishment for this team," Joe Lau said. "That's kind of what we're shooting for."

By the time they leave Melrose on Tuesday, the Lancers should have a good progress report.

"We're taking it slow," Markus said, "but we hope to get far."


Immanuel Lutheran def. Blair-Taylor, 25-6, 25-12, 25-11. Immanuel Lutheran leaders: Katherine Kazemba 12 kills, 8 digs, 17-17 serving, 8 aces; Heidi Lau 25 assists, 7-7 serving; Renae Markus 17-17 serving, 2 aces; Alyssa Johannes 13-13 serving; Jessica Ohlmann 7 kills. Record: Immanuel Lutheran 12-2, 4-1.

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JV Pics

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Volleyball Match 12: Alma v. Immanuel

At Alma:
Immanuel 3; Alma 0

Game Scores:

Box Score, Game Summary, and Team Stats on (pregame)

Current Match Record: 10-2
Current Conf. Record: 3-1
Current Game Record: 26-6
Dairyland Conf. Standings

See Prep Roundup in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram:
Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran 3, Alma 0: Katherine Kazemba recorded 15 kills and 14 digs, while Heidi Lau notched 31 assists to lead the Lancers over the Rivermen.
See Prep Statistics in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram:

Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran 3,ALMA 0

Immanuel Lutheran def. Alma 25-10, 25-21, 25-15. Immanuel Lutheran leaders: Katherine Kazemba 15 kills, 14 digs; Heidi Lau 31 assists, 7 digs; Renae Markus 14 digs; Jess Ohlmann 9 kills.

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JV Pics