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Wed. September 2, 2009 | Joey Knight | Email

After Tuesday's 20-stroke loss to Plant, we're guessing Durant golfers Erika Wardzinski and Kerrie Reinhardt slept well.

Because we know for a fact they spiked and set well.

Immediately after their round at River Hills, the pair, who are balancing golf and volleyball for the Cougars this fall, headed to Bloomingdale High and led Durant to a three-game triumph. Wardzinski, who led Durant with a 4-over 40 against Plant, is a starting setter. Reinhardt starts at outside hitter.

"It's kind of neat," volleyball coach Jeff Davis said.

The two work on their golf game around their volleyball practice schedule. On days where they have a golf and volleyball match, golf coach Dick Sheffield gets them on the course as early as possible.

"Once in a while, maybe they don't ride the (team) bus and stuff like that," Davis said. "The parents will just pick them up from the golf course. We haven't had any conflicts."

Sheffield noted Wardzinski, unlike the homeschooled Reinhardt, also has to balance a conventional school-day schedule with her two sports. If she's not getting quite as much practice as a fulltime golfer, it barely shows. Last year, she shot consecutive 73s at the district and region tournaments.

"Every once in a while when we're out on the range, she'll come out and hit balls for maybe an hour, and then she's got to get to volleyball practice," Sheffield said. "I mean, she shot 40 (Tuesday) and I think she three-putted three holes. She's an incredible athlete."

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