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Volleyball vs. Brookfield Academy

The University School girls’ volleyball team concluded the regular season with a victory. The Wildcats defeated Brookfield Academy, 3-2, in a Midwest Classic Conference match on Thursday, October 16th at USM.  As a result, USM ended the regular season above .500 with a 4-3 record.

The win was difficult to achieve for the Wildcats, but they stayed tough and outlasted their visitors.  Heading into the playoffs, the Wildcats gained a good sense of what they may have to do to succeed and move further toward the state tournament in this final regular season match against their conference arch-rival.

The games Thursday stretched on and on and the action went back and forth.  The first game stayed close, and the Blue Knights finally secured a 27-25 win.  The Wildcats rallied and took the second game, 25-21.  BA won the third game, 25-17.

The Wildcats were up against the wall in the fourth game.  They refused to give up and stayed focused.  Eventually, they won the long contest, 31-29.

USM’s fourth game win brought on the deciding fifth game.  The Wildcats won it by a 15-12 score and, finally, secured the victory in the match to head to the playoffs with a feeling of success.

Sue Baker, USM’s head coach, described the ebb and flow of the evening’s event, “Big win tonight. It wasn’t always pretty, but at this point of the season we will take it.

“We had close games all night. BA is a good team, and it was good to get pushed the week before playoffs start. The first game went back and forth, and we had a couple of mental errors at the end and fell, 25-27.

“In the second game, we started off strong then had our middle go down with an injury. We had to punt on the fly, and the girls stepped up to the challenge. We played hard and won the game, 25-21. In the third game, we came out totally flat. The girls have to learn how to carry the momentum from a win to the next game.

“The fourth game was back and forth throughout. We fought hard to the end and came out on top.

“The fifth game could have gone either way, but we were fortunate to come out on top.”

Concluding, Baker said,  “I give the girls credit tonight as we had to play three games without a normal starter and a middle at that. We will have to continue to work hard if we want to go far in the playoffs. Hats off to Abbie Stigler tonight on a career-high 27 kills.”

USM is 4-3 and finished the Midwest Classic Conference season at 4-3.  The Wildcats play Dominican in a Regional match in Sectional 4 of the WIAA Division 2 State Tournament at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 22nd at Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay.

USM Leaders

Kills: Abbie Stigler 27; Grace Lord 8; Ellie Forcier 6;

Assists: Grace Lord 22;

Digs: Abbie Stigler 9;

Ace Serves: Abbie Stigler 5;

Blocks: Amara Thohan 2.