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By collecting five wins last week, the Wauwatosa East boys volleyball team helped its coach to a career milestone.

A quarterfinal win over Nicolet at the Whitefish Bay Invitational on Oct. 8 was the 900th victory in the career of Red Raider coach John Simon. Seventh-ranked Wauwatosa East went 4-1 at the tournament to tie for third place, falling to Middleton in the semifinals.

The Red Raiders won all three of their pool play matches at Whitefish Bay, downing Westosha Central (21-15, 22-23, 15-8), fourth-ranked Germantown (21-17, 21-18) and Racine Park (21-11, 21-16).

After dropping the first set, 19-25, to Nicolet in the quarterfinals, Wauwatosa East rallied with set wins of 25-21 and 15-8.

Eric Winter had 28 kills, eight blocks and a hitting percentage of .417 for the tournament. Aaron Plaisted added 26 kills and seven aces, while Blake Kratzer had 33 digs, Ben Miller blocked 10 shots and Joe Marx had 96 assists.

Earlier in the week, Wauwatosa East grabbed a 3-1 nonconference win over Waukesha West on Oct. 3.

The Red Raiders took a 2-0 lead with set wins of 25-17 and 25-16, but the Wolverines came back to take the third set, 25-20. Wauwatosa East didn't let the match linger any further, as it grabbed a 25-18 win in the fourth set.

Plaisted had 20 kills, five blocks and 10 digs against Waukesha West. Winter had 10 kills and a hitting percentage of .471. Kratzer added nine digs, and Marx had 47 assists.

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