Greenfield - A strong showing in the Woodland Conference Tournament on Saturday gave the Greenfield girls volleyball team plenty of momentum for this week's start of WIAA tournament play.
The Hustlin' Hawks, who held the third seed, won their pool with a 2-0 mark, then battled second seed New Berlin West for three tough games before falling, 27-25, 20-25, 25-19, in the semifinal match.
"We played well against New Berlin West," coach Britany Pfeifer said. "We had the chance to win the first game and didn't finish, but I was very proud of how the team came back in the second game. We were down by six points and were able to rally back."
Shannon Molter dropped in a kill to bring Greenfield within 17-16, but the Vikings went back on top 19-17.
The Hawks then rattled off six straight points. Jessie Kalous started the surge with a kill and Luci Krenzke served an ace to tie it at 19. Later, a pair of blocks lifted the Hawks to a 23-19 edge.
After West scored, a drop shot by Kalous and a kill from Franny Wenninger secured the victory.
The third game was tied six times, the last at 12-12, before West used a 7-2 run to go up 19-14. The margin reached 24-15, then the Hawks tallied four straight, keyed by kills from Wenninger and Marlene Hagen, to come within 24-19.
The Vikings, however, finally clinched the game, and the match, on the next point.
Wenninger led the Hawks with 12 kills, while Kalous totaled 10 kills and four blocks, Chesca Pancorbo 32 assists and six digs, Lauren Bullock three kills and 18 digs and Sam DeLeon five kills and 10 digs.
In pool play, Greenfield downed Shorewood, 25-13, 25-16, behind five kills from Hagen, 18 assists by Pancorbo and 14 digs from Bullock.
Against Pewaukee, the Hawks won 25-14, 25-13, as Wenninger had eight kills, Pancorbo 18 assists and Krenzke six digs.
As the focus now shifts to the playoffs, Pfeifer knows her team has one major concern as the WIAA playoffs begin this week.
"This team is working on finishing a big match," Pfeifer said. "Our goal is to accomplish this in postseason play."
Greenfield (18-11) begins regional play at 7 p.m. Thursday against West Allis Central (7-16), which finished sixth in the Greater Metro Conference.
"We are really focusing on using the home court to our advantage and leaving every last point on the floor," Pfeifer said.
The winner takes on either Racine Park or Milwaukee Hamilton on Saturday.
Greenfield would travel to Park and would host Hamilton.
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