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GHS girls, Huskies on way to volleyball sectional

Hawks face Muskego in semifinals, while Hale battles Union Grove

Oct. 25, 2011

Greenfield - Both Greenfield and West Allis Hale are enjoying banner seasons in girls volleyball, so it is appropriate that they are headed for WIAA Division 1 sectional play this week.

And because they are in the same sectional, the two teams could meet for a berth in the state tournament.

However, they do face formidable challenges in sectional semifinal action Thursday at Greenfield High School.

The Hustlin' Hawks, seeded fifth in its sectional, take on top seed and perennial state power Muskego at 6 p.m. in the first match of a doubleheader. The third-seeded Huskies then meet second seed Union Grove later that evening, around 8 p.m.

The winners will clash at Muskego High School at 7 p.m. Saturday for the sectional championship and a trip to the state tournament starting Nov. 3 at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

Greenfield and Hale would like to unseat Muskego, which has won three straight sectional championships and seven in all under coach Karen Anderson. The Warriors won the Division 1 crown in 2005 and 2009 and placed second at state last season.

"We have a very tough match against Muskego," said Greenfield coach Britany Pfeifer, whose team advanced by downing Racine Park, the fourth seed, in a regional final on Saturday. "We are going to spend the week focusing on what we need to do to be successful. We have nothing to lose; we are the underdogs in this match."

Muskego's Anderson, however, is wary of the Hawks as well.

"Britany always does a nice job with her teams," she said. "They beat Racine Park, which is a good team, and we are playing at Greenfield. It will be a tough match."

Muskego has far and away the best recent tournament tradition of the four-team field. Greenfield will be looking for its first state tournament spot, while Hale has 11 appearances at state and a pair of championships, but no trips since 1999. Union Grove has not been to state since 1985.

Greenfield swept Park, 25-19, 25-18, 25-17, on Saturday in the regional final. Jessie Kalous and Franny Wenninger each collected 13 kills, while Chesca Pancorbo totaled 32 assists and seven kills, Lauren Bullock 20 digs and Sam DeLeon 13 digs and two aces.

"We are focusing on finishing a match and worrying about our own game and not what is happening on the other side," Pfeifer said. "We had one game plan against Park, and that was to keep the ball away from (junior Myanna) Ruiz. We did a nice job of that. She still got some kills but that is going to happen; she is very talented. We were able to side out quickly and keep the ball on our side."

The Hawks advanced with an 18-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-23 victory over West Allis Central on Oct. 20 behind 11 kills from Kalous, 28 assists by Pancorbo, four aces and 29 digs from Bullock and three blocks by Marlene Hagen.

"Everyone is stepping up in practice and on the court," Pfeifer said. "It has been a solid team effort."

The same could be said for Hale, which outlasted a strong Greendale team, 22-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-17, in its regional title game on Saturday. Sarah Fabina totaled 47 assists, Hannah King 22 digs and Erin Barbeau 23 kills and three aces.

The Huskies opened with an easy 25-5, 25-8, 25-7 romp over Milwaukee Ronald Reagan on Oct. 20 as Fabina totaled 26 assists and 13 aces, Rachel Voller eight kills and Kelli Lopez five digs.

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