Brookfield East girls win Nicolet Silver invite volleyball championship
Team sweeps Chargers in Greater Metro match
The Brookfield East girls volleyball team began the week with a Greater Metro Conference win over Sussex Hamilton on Oct. 1 and ended it with the Silver Championship in the Nicolet Invitational on Saturday.
East has an overall season record now of 22-9.
The Spartans swept the Chargers (25-19, 25-8, 25-18) to begin the week.
Erika Hansen had 13 digs, Jessa Hansen had 12 assists, Taylor Wilkerson killed nine shots, Petra Bryda blocked three and Morgan Pink had two aces.
Then on Saturday, they finished fifth out of 12 teams, beating Watertown in the Silver Championship.
They beat Watertown (25-12, 25-16), Brookfield Central (25-14, 25- 20), Whitefish Bay (25-7, 25-14) and lost to Appleton East (21-25, 23-25).
The stats for the day follow.
Wilkerson (22) and Haley Massa (17) led in kills and the assist leaders were Jessa Hansen (44) and Bryda (24).
Digs leaders were Erika Hansen (35) and Massa (23) while Jessa Hansen had 15 aces and Bryda blocked eight shots.
"After a disappointing loss to Appleton East in our first match of the day our girls were able to get back on track and go 6-0 in set wins the rest of the way," coach Chris Polowy said. "Over the past couple of weeks, I feel like we have been under-performing as we continue to struggle against good teams in big matches.
"Lately we've been overcome by unforced errors and the Appleton match was no different, but the girls were able to rebound later in the day and minimize those errors when it counted."
Polowy saw some positives as the day went on.
"Our serve receive was solid and our blocking and serving allowed us to build sustainable leads in each of our afternoon matches," he said. "This weekend proved that our young team is taking it up a notch as they were able to respond to a tough loss."
He was also impressed with some individual players.
"I was really impressed with our junior middle, Melinda Szabo," he said. "She made the most of her time on the court and showed great composure as she led our team in hitting percentage (.800) while adding eight kills and no errors.
"I was also impressed with our sophomore setter, Jessa Hansen. Her decision-making was at its best, which allowed us to run an effective attack that kept our opponents guessing.
"Jessa also had an unbelievable day behind the serving line adding 15 aces. Lots of things can happen when a team can pass and serve effectively."
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