The Trojan girls volleyball team had a successful start to its season, as Wauwatosa West took second place at the Milwaukee Lutheran Invite on Aug. 27.
Wauwatosa West went 5-0 in pool play, defeating Marshall (23-25, 25-14, 15-9), Kenosha Indian Trail (25-17, 25-17), Whitefish Bay (25-12, 25-15), Northland Lutheran (25-12, 25-14) and Lake Country Lutheran (20-25, 25-21, 15-8).
"We played well all day, had a few miscues, but overall we battled when we needed to and beat the teams we should have," Trojan coach Kelly Dwyer said. "These early tournaments are nice because you get to play, and you can see the things you need to work on."
The Trojans rolled to a 25-9 win in the first set of the championship game against Grafton, but the Blackhawks took the next two sets, 25-18, 15-11, to win the title.
"A few plays here and there, and the outcome would have been different," Dwyer said. "Grafton is a well-rounded team, and it was good competition to start the year. We won game one easily. Grafton had trouble passing and couldn't get anything going on offense. We passed well, and that was the difference. Grafton adjusted and passed much better in games two and three, and ours took a little dip, which in turn slowed down our offense."
Clare Honan (48) and Emily Wagy (29) led the Trojans in kills in the tournament. Emma Elliott was the leader in assists with 52, while Kelly Rampolla added 42. Wauwatosa West averaged 9.6 aces per match, with Margaret Radske collecting 19 and Elliott adding 12. Ericha Stuberg led the Trojans in digs with 54.
West girls tennis
The Trojans' girls tennis team went 2-3 in dual matches last week, including opening Woodland Conference play with a 7-0 sweep of Pius XI.
Coach Kosta Zervas has seen his young team improve greatly since the beginning of the year.
"It is a little bit of a rebuilding year for us," Zervas said. "A lot of the girls hadn't played at the varsity level. The first two weeks were really a learning experience for them, getting used to the intensity and what it takes to win at the varsity level. Now I think they are starting to hit their stride."
Against the Popes, Connie Terlizzi won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Maria Poehls, Alyssa Piek and Natalie Douangvilay each claimed their singles matches in straight sets.
Meghan Schmidt and Da Douangvilay won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles. Caroline Rachow and Adie Davies took the match 6-3, 6-1 at No 2 doubles and Amy Carlson and Faith Baltz won in straight sets at No. 3 doubles.
"I thought we played very well across the board," Zervas said. "We really didn't struggle in any of our matches or sets. I thought we played smart and consistent tennis and made adjustments when we needed to."
In a 5-2 nonconference loss at Brookfield Central, Piek and Terlizzi won 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 singles and Schmidt and Da Douangvilay were victorious 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 at No. 2 singles.
Wauwatosa West ended its week by going 1-2 at the Wauwatosa East Invite, dropping 4-3 decisions to Fond du Lac and Wilmot before bouncing back to come away with a 4-3 win over Manitowoc Lincoln.
The Trojans continued to play well at doubles, sweeping the three flights against Fond du Lac and Wilmot, with the teams of Terlizzi/Piek, Da Douangvilay/Schmidt and Rachow/Davies each collecting two wins. Da Douangvilay/Schmidt and Rachow/Davies also won against Manitowoc Lincoln, while Baltz and Natalie Douangvilay won singles matches to help Wauwatosa West win the dual.
"I was hoping for some better results," Zervas said. "I was playing some girls out of position and trying some different combinations. We're still not set with a lineup. We're trying to play some girls in some spots they aren't used to.
"Our doubles really did a great job that day. Of the nine matches we played at doubles, we won eight."
West girls cross-country
The Wauwatosa West girls cross-country team took 21st place at the Jamie Block Challenge in West Bend on Aug. 27.
Sophomore Chole Beaudoin led the Trojans with a time of 21:21. Junior Eliza Soczka ran a 22:49, junior Sophia Ruggeri finished in 23:04, junior Toriah Haanstad ran a 24:08 and senior Delaney Reed had a time of 24:387. Senior Lauren Casper (24:38), freshman Isabel Strand (25:50), sophomore Moira Brown (25:57) and freshman Aniyah Chambers (28:48) also ran for the Trojans.
The Trojans will compete next at the Verona Invite on Sept. 3.
West boys cross-country
The Wauwatosa West boys cross-country team took 14th at the Jamie Block Challenge, with sophomore Mike Detlaff running an 18:13 to pace the Trojans.
Senior Gabe Fisch finished in 18:32, freshman Collin Jacobi ran an 18:41, freshman Adam Justin completed the course in 18:43 and junior Ngaru Nen had a time of 19:19.
Other runners for Wauwatosa West included sophomore Ethan Krouse (19:48), junior Andrew Harter (20:21), junior Chris Jackson (20:47), freshman Nolan Harris (20:54), freshman Jacob Burgardt (21:03), junior Sterling Heit (21:07), sophomore Kyle Cvecko (23:13), freshman Ethan Dorr (24:51), freshman Calvin Lisser (24:53), sophomore Johnathan Forrest (24:53) and freshman Kamran Miszewski (27:58).