Girls volleyball split two matches for Wauwatosa West
Trojans need to stay focused, aggressive
The Wauwatosa West girls volleyball team split two Woodland Conference matches last week, beating St. Francis and losing to Greendale.
The Trojans rallied to beat St. Francis, 3-1, on Oct. 2 at home to begin the week. It was co-coach Kelly Dwyer's 100th match career victory.
After St. Francis won the first match (25-22), West came back with three wins (25-14, 25-11, 25-13). Elise Ditscheit (10 kills, five blocks), Ali Stewart (13 assists), Emily Schaefer (13 digs) and Marena Leisten (five aces) were the stat leaders.
"St. Francis was senior night so we started all of our seniors," Dwyer said. "They played well but you could tell they were not used to being on the court together and a couple balls dropped that should not have dropped.
"Games two through four we had our regular lineup and they took care of them like they should have dominating the rest of the game."
Seniors Sarah Amoroso and Molly Grennier joined senior starters Ditscheit, Schaefer and Leisten in the starting lineup.
"Honoring our seniors is important for their dedication and commitment toward our program," co-coach Jerry Lahmann said. "They are awesome kids and will be missed."
The roles were reversed against Greendale two days later. After winning the first set (25-20), the Trojans lost the final three sets (25-20, 29-27, 25-17).
Ditscheit (13 kills, 19 digs, two aces), Stewart (14 assists), Maddie Inman (14 assists) and Clare Honan (five blocks) were stat leaders.
The Trojans came out strong, but lost their aggressiveness, Dwyer said.
"For us to beat the good teams in the area we have to stay aggressive for the whole match not just bits and pieces of it. When we are aggressive we can control the match, when we sit back we tend to make more mistakes."
Lahmann knows the Trojans are maturing, but they have to stay focused to be successful.
"Losing focus and confidence for even a short stint can really hurt," he said. "We will continue to focus on the mental toughness needed to be a contender."
Lahmann felt the loss might have hurt their postseason seeding.
"A win would have solidified our position in the top tier of the conference going into the conference tournament, which makes the loss even more painful."
Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
- Nine starters returning for Wauwatosa co-op wrestling team
- Wauwatosa co-ed swim team grows in numbers
- Sophomore Celia Ripple named Tosa East's Most Valuable Swimmer
- Plaisted named boys volleyball state player of the year
- Slow start dooms Tosa West boys basketball team in Woodland opener
- Ederesinghe scores 18 in Tosa East boys basketball team's opener
- Larson earns Tosa West's Most Valuable swimmer honors
- Purifoy, Lewis, Veit named Tosa West football MVPs
- Niles named West boys volleyball MVP
- Football: Wauwatosa West last played for state football title in 1982