The Wisconsin state volleyball tournament concluded on November 5th, resulting in four teams winning division titles. Division brackets and scores can be viewed here.
Neenah High School won its first volleyball state championship since 1978 by defeating Burlington in three sets. The Rockets took an easy victory with set scores of 25-17, 25-23, and 25-10.
Neenah (45-4) was led by junior Addie Barnes, who achieved a double-double with 13 kills and 17 digs. Senior Hope Werch added 12 digs and 12 kills, posting a .440 hitting percentage. As a team, the Rockets had a hitting percentage of .347, while Burlington went .077 for the match.
Burlington previously won the state championships in 2011 and 2012.
Catholic Memorial proved its No. 1 ranking in the D2 coaches poll during preseason by winning the D2 state championship for the third straight year. The Crusaders (42-7) beat Notre Dame Academy in 3 sets with scores of 25-23, 25-19, and 25-14.
Catholic Memorial didn’t drop a single set on their path to the state title. This win marks the sixth win in eight years for the Crusaders.
A duo of 6-foot-1 seniors, Lexi Alden and Ivey Whalen, led the Crusaders to victory, hitting 15 and 11 kills, respectively.
Howards Grove delivered a 26-24, 25-13, 25-21 sweep of Lourdes Academy to take home the title of D3 state champions. This is the first state championship for the Tigers (42-4) since 1976, resulting in a state win 40 years in the making.
Samantha Yancy tallied 22 kills and a .346 hitting percentage for Howards Grove. Taylor Bubolz had 35 assists. Both these seniors, along with five others, have been playing together for the better part of a decade, resulting in a connection and comfort with each other on the court.
Newman Catholic cinched an easy 3 set win over Clayton to earn their fourth consecutive Division 4 state championship. The scores of the match were 25-22, 25-10, and 25-13.
Mariah Whalen hammered 26 kills and set a Division 4 state tournament record, with a three-set match hitting percentage of .632. Rylie Vaughn added 21 assists, 10 digs and eight kills, and Kenzie Krach got 14 assists and five digs.
The Newman Cardinals (34-7) concluded their run to the playoffs without losing a single set.