Brookfield East Spartans girls volleyball team sixth at Joust Invite
Wilkerson suffers ankle injury in scrimmage
The Brookfield East girls volleyball team had an overall record of 4-3 and placed sixth out of 24 teams at the Joust Invitational on Aug. 29-30 at Homestead.
"Although it was a our first time at this top-notch invite, our girls played like they've been here all along," coach Chris Polowy said. "Our team maintained poise and confidence while competing against a field that would frighten most newcomers."
East took first in its pool the first day, 2-1, beating New Berlin West (25-10, 25-21) and Kimberly (28-26, 25-16), and losing to Catholic Memorial (22-25, 25-14, 15-8).
In the Power Pool on day two, Greendale won (27-29, 25-23, 15-8) but East bounced back and beat Neenah (18-25, 25-20, 15-8).
"Greendale gave us a run for our money in the Saturday Power Pool," Polowy said. "We took the first game in a 28-26 thriller and came out firing in the second set. The one thing I remember is looking up at the scoreboard, seeing us up 21-16, and thinking we were going to take this match. However, that wasn't the case."
The Spartans beat Westosha Central in the Silver Semi-finals (25-16, 24-26, 17-15), but lost to defending Division 2 state champion East Troy (25-23, 25-21) in the finals.
"We found ourselves in a battle with perennial powerhouse Westosha Central," Polowy said. "Our girls showed that they belong by beating a great team in yet another three-set match."
Stats for the day: Louise Kiekhofer (72 kills, 49 digs), Jessa Hansen (93 assists, 12 aces), Petra Bryda (86 assists), Shannon Bayne (78 digs) and Alex Ahrens (8 total blocks).
"Overall, our team showed tremendous pride and desire this weekend and that's all a coach can ask for," Polowy said.
East lost Taylor Wilkerson, a first-team all-conference and All-State honorable mention, was injured (ankle) in a scrimmage on Aug. 28, and didn't play much because it affected her versatility and power.
She was able to play through some pain on a limited basis both Friday and Saturday, but the pain proved to be too much as her explosive attack was affected.
"Even though she was not able to be on the court with her teammates, Tay did everything she could to cheer them on," Polowy said. "She was a true teammate and leader this weekend."
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