With postseason play right around the corner, Wauwatosa East's girls volleyball team seems to be hitting its stride.
The Red Raiders split a pair of matches last week before going 3-1 at the Brookfield East Invitational on Oct. 8 to win the silver bracket championship.
"I could not be happier with the attitude, effort and direction the team is going in," Wauwatosa East coach Gary Tome said. "It's been a great last three weeks of volleyball. I hope we can sustain the momentum moving forward."
At the Brookfield East Invite, Wauwatosa East went 1-1 in pool play, defeating Racine Horlick and losing to eventual tournament champion and state-ranked Mukwonago.
The Red Raiders took down Greenfield, 30-28, 25-18, in the silver bracket semifinals and then beat Whitnall, 25-16, 27-25, in the silver finals.
Wauwatosa East opened last week by taking a set from Greater Metro champion and sixth-ranked Brookfield East in its final conference dual match of the season on Oct. 4.
The Spartans jumped out to a 2-0 lead with set wins of 25-14 and 25-21, but the Red Raiders took the third set, 27-25, before losing, 25-19, in the fourth set.
Sophomore Chloe Tome had 16 kills, 16 digs and two aces against Brookfield East. Senior Johanna Taylor had four blocks, while junior Tara O'Donnell added 17 digs and 19 assists.
Bouncing back from its loss to the Spartans, Wauwatosa East rolled to a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-16, 25-21) of Kenosha Bradford in a nonconference match on Oct. 6.
Tome had 21 kills, 25 digs and a hitting percentage of .600. Junior Hannah Brooks added 17 digs, O'Donnell had 25 assists, junior Hannah Wilhelm had 22 assists and Taylor blocked three shots.
"Our middle blockers, Johanna Taylor and Anna Rossner, played big all night controlling the net with their blocking presence," Tome said. "Lizzie Mizzie had her most efficient attacking night of the year, recording nine kills with just two errors."