Aaron Plaisted was hanging out with friends in his basement when his club volleyball coach came down with an announcement.
That's when the Wauwatosa East senior found out he had been named the state's Player of the Year by the Wisconsin Boys Volleyball Coaches Association.
"I was pretty shocked," Plaisted said. "I didn't really expect it ... I really couldn't have done it without all my teammates and coaches that have pushed me hard."
Joining Plaisted on the All-State first team were Kaukauna's Cooper Diedrick, Appleton West's Reese Douglas, Catholic Memorial's Zach Engsberg, Marquette's Liam Schroeder, Germantown's Bryce Thomas and Brookfield East's Nick Watry. Middleton's Ben White was named Coach of the Year.
By earning the honor as the state's top player, Plaisted followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Ben, who was the state's Player of the Year his senior year at Tosa East in 2013. Ben Plaisted plays collegiately at Loyola University. The Ramblers won the national championship during his freshman year, and he started 19 matches as a sophomore.
"When I was a freshman, I really looked up to him as a senior," Plaisted said. "I always looked to his actions on the court, what he did and how he handled himself and his drive to be a competitive player and be the best he can be.
"I think it is really cool we can both do it. It is also cool in a way that we are very different players as far as our skill sets go in the game, but we both managed to achieve Player of the Year."
Leading Tosa East to a sectional championship and then to the state semifinals, Aaron Plaisted finished with 350 kills, 41 aces, 107 assists and 159 digs for the Red Raiders.
Senior middle hitter Eric Winter also received All-State honors, as he was named honorable mention.
Plaisted, who plans to play collegiate volleyball next season, was the Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year and was first-team All-Greater Metro. Winter earned first-team All-Greater Metro, while senior Joe Marx was second-team and senior Blake Kratzer and junior Ben Miller were honorable mention.
"This is probably the closest I've ever been with a team," Plaisted said. "We felt really good coming into the season because we had a group of guys that played club in the past offseason. We hung out a lot over the course of the season and got to be really good friends.
"That was pretty memorable, as well as how we pulled it together at the end of the season to the best of our ability and fight through some really tough battles that a lot of people didn't think we were going to get through."