Breakout Stars from the WIAA State Tournament: Part 2
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The WIAA State Tournament might be over, but the incredible volleyball is still fresh in my mind. These athletes stepped up in a special way and were huge stars throughout the tournament! Whether they played one match or three, their…
The WIAA State Tournament might be over, but the incredible volleyball is still fresh in my mind. These athletes stepped up in a special way and were huge stars throughout the tournament! Whether they played one match or three, their impact was felt on the court.
Adaline was unstoppable. When Adaline takes an approach, she simply flies. Her sheer athleticism is impressive, and it shows in her stats as well. Adaline led her team in kills and blocks. She is an absolute weapon in the front row on both offense and defense.
Sydney stood out to me immediately on Friday. She has a clean touch on the ball and feeds her hitters very well. She had 24 assists and was a consistent player for Rice Lake. I loved how gritty and competitive she was in every play. She would do just about anything to keep the ball alive and better the play for her team.
Megan really stepped up into the libero role for Pewaukee. She was incredibly consistent and got some amazing touches on the ball. Megan was lethal from the service line, with four aces and no errors. Megan has a calm yet focused demeanor on the court which kept her team competitive throughout the five-set thriller in the state semi-final.
I felt like Mallory absolutely came alive at the state tournament. She was firing on all cylinders and had a great connection with setter. In the championship match, she had 17 kills, 13 digs, and 5 blocks. In the semifinal match, Mallory led the team with 20 kills and hit a 0.210. Mallory was reliable both in and out of system and was an impressive 6-rotation player to watch.
Ashlyn is an efficient middle. While she did not have the most kills on the team, she did contribute in a huge way with 9 kills and an impressive 0 errors. She hit a 0.562 in the championship match and had some key, momentum-changing plays for Howards Grove. Ashlyn is only a sophomore, and it will be exciting to watch her continue to have an impact for the Tigers in the coming seasons.
Morgan played an amazing role for the Saints. She was everywhere she needed to be throughout the state tournament and dug balls from corner to corner. Morgan picked up some insane digs and was very consistent in serve receive as well. Morgan worked very well out of the middle back and was tough for opposing hitters to get past.
Lucy was dominant across the front row. She was aggressive with her shots, and her swings packed a punch. Lucy was ready for a ball on every single play and constantly engaged at the net. She hit a 0.314 and had 16 kills. She also contributed 2 aces, 9 digs, and 3 blocks.
Lydia was a huge impact player for Saint Croix Falls. She is a player who used every single set she got to earn points for her team, and I mean that almost literally. She had 14 kills and only 2 errors in the championship match, resulting in a hitting percentage of 0.414. Lydia absolutely came alive in the championship match.