With another shot against heavyweight Catholic Memorial in the Classic 8 Conference tournament finals on Oct. 14, the Mukwonago volleyball team nearly pulled off the victory, but fell, 22-25, 17-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-12. Earlier in the season on Oct. 4, MHS lost in three sets to CMH.
"The championship match against CMH was a well-fought match by both teams," Mukwonago coach Alli Glisch said. "We had both of our setters back, so we were able to run our 6-2 offense, which we did not do during conference play. I think the mentality of the girls was also different. They were playing with a high level of confidence and mental toughness -- something we have been working on and exercising, especially going into the postseason. The girls had built up confidence from the previous 2-0 lead on Arrowhead, and they were fired up going into a rematch against CMH. Unfortunately, we were unable to take the third set and ended up losing a tough battle. Teams like CMH are exactly the kind of preparation we need going into the tournament play, because the girls have to work extremely hard to earn every single point."
Alayna Jansky had a team-high 13 kills and four aces against Memorial. Bre Kloeppel blocked 12 total shots, Katie Schoessow contributed 32 digs and four aces, Makenzie Vertz compiled 17 assists and Nicole Huber had 14 helpers.
"I am proud of their work ethic and mentality, and this was a loss to learn from," Glisch said. "We are excited for sectional play this coming weekend."
Mukwonago also beat Waukesha North and Arrowhead in two sets each during the tournament.
On Oct. 11, MHS defeated Kettle Moraine, 25-21, 25-20, 25-14. Kloeppel and Erin Dietzler led with seven kills each. Kelci Rinka blocked eight shots, and Jansky had 13 digs. Huber had 15 assists, and Vertz added 14.
Mukwonago earned the No. 2 seed in the WIAA Division 1 playoffs and on Oct. 22 and will host the winner of the Kettle Moraine (No. 7 seed) vs. Waukesha North (No. 10).