When sets were hanging in the balance in its WIAA regional final match, the Brookfield Central girls volleyball team was at its best, and that meant trouble for Wauwatosa West.
The third-seeded Lancers ended the season of the sixth-seeded Trojans with a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 25-20, 25-20) on Oct. 22.
"We played them tough until it was 19-19 or 18-18," Wauwatosa West coach Kelly Dwyer said. "Just a couple of little errors prevented us from closing out games. They are a good team. I knew it was a battle coming in. I'm proud of the way we played. We kept with it."
Both of the first two sets were up for grabs around the 20-point mark.
Brookfield Central jumped out to a 14-9 advantage in the first set, but Wauwatosa West (28-12 overall) pulled to within 17-15 on a kill by senior Clare Honan. With the set at 20-18, the Lancers rattled off a 4-0 run before closing the match at 25-19 on a kill by freshman Abby Wucherer.
The second set started similarly to the first, with Brookfield Central leading, 14-9. But the Trojans used a 5-0 spurt to even the score on a kill by junior Emily Wagy and took a 17-16 lead on a kill by Honan.
However, a kill by Lancer junior Miranda Wucherer started a 5-0 run that gave Brookfield Central control and a 22-18 lead.
"It was just little things here and there," Dwyer said. "Missed serves when it is tied, little things with our defense and just lapses with the brain. At this part of the season, you can't do it. It will come back and bite you, and your season is over before you know it."
With a commanding 2-0 lead, Brookfield Central cruised in the third set to complete the sweep. An 8-2 run turned a 9-9 tie into a 17-11 advantage.
Honan finished with 17 kills and four blocks. Kelly Rampolla had 12 assists, and Ericha Stuberg had 22 digs and two aces.
Wauwatosa West advanced to the regional final with a 3-0 (25-4, 25-9, 25-11) win over the 11th-seeded Milwaukee Washington co-op on Oct. 20.
Wagy had nine aces and five digs in the regional semifinal, while Honan had six kills and Rampolla had nine assists.
"I'm very happy with our year," Dwyer said. "We tied a school record for wins. We set a goal of making the conference tournament final, which we did. We would have liked to have a few games back in our conference schedule, but I'm very happy with this team. They all fought. They are like a family."