Breakout Stars from the WIAA State Tournament: Part 3
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This is the third and final part of my Breakout Stars series! I had so much fun at the state tournament, and to me, this series really encompasses the energy of the tournament. I love seeing athletes stepping up in…
This is the third and final part of my Breakout Stars series! I had so much fun at the state tournament, and to me, this series really encompasses the energy of the tournament. I love seeing athletes stepping up in a massive way on the state’s biggest stage!
Alexis really came alive as the match went on. She was one of the kill leaders for Cuba City in their state semifinal match. Her ability to earn points in tough plays was key. Alexis was an energizer and leader on the court and a go-to hitter for her team.
Ella never missed a beat on the court. She had 11 kills, hit a 0.276, 11 digs, and two blocks. Ella got a huge number of touches on the ball and really used every single one to set her team up for success. She powered through a tough Saint Croix Falls block and was able to terminate at the net.
Samantha plays with a lot of grit and competitiveness on the court. She is a defensive setter who puts up big numbers in both assists and digs. Samantha’s potential is massive, and she will be fun to watch continue to grow and dominate in future years. She had 16 assists and 10 digs in the state semifinal match.
Lauren showed her level of experience in the state semifinal match. She had 13 kills and hit a 0.149. Lauren is incredibly athletic and was able to make gritty plays on offense and defense. She also had 8 digs and a solo block in that match. Lauren’s leadership was top-tier, and she was able to keep her team competitive and focused.
Camille was a force to be reckoned with throughout the tournament. She has a crazy-high vertical and uses every inch of it to her advantage. She was a go-to hitter for her team and had the most kills and highest hitting percentage. Camille contributed 19 kills, 2 aces, 21 digs, and 4 blocks in the championship match alone. She will be a player to watch in this class.
Ashley played all six rotations for Newman Catholic and showed how well-rounded and versatile of an athlete she is. She was impactful in both the front and back row, making key plays throughout the championship match. Ashley had 13 kills and 16 digs. She was one of the most consistent performers for Newman Catholic and was very impressive.
Once Bryn got in a groove, she was nearly unstoppable at the net. She really added a huge aspect to Wonewoc-Center’s offense and balanced outwell. Bryn had 17 kills and 4 blocks in their state championship match. She knew how to terminate in pressure situations and really came through for her team when they needed it most.
Hannah was a powerhouse middle that hit 0.227 in Fall River’s 5-set thriller in the state semifinal match. She had 16 kills, along with 2 aces and 2 solo blocks. Hannah played like an experienced and competitive athlete and stayed focused throughout the match. She was especially lethal out of serve receive.