Wauwatosa West's boys volleyball team began its season by winning the consolation bracket at the Kettle Moraine Invitational on Sept. 3.
The Trojans took third in their pool, losing to Kenosha Indian Trail (23-25, 19-25), splitting with defending state champion Kaukauna (22-25, 25-23) and beating Brookfield Central (25-18, 25-13).
Wauwatosa West defeated Kimberly and Brookfield East before sweeping Nicolet in the consolation final.
"The team started off slow in the morning and played some tough teams right out of the gate," Trojans coach Kyle Sikora said. "It was not a bad showing for our first time out and allowed us to see where we stand against the other teams and what we need to improve on to close the gap. In the afternoon, the guys stepped up and made some nice plays. We worked our way right to the consolation final, were playing well and were getting guys involved. It was a great season opener."
Senior libero Nick Price stood out to Sikora.
"He made defensive play after play, dig after dig and sacrificed his body all day," Sikora said. "It was some of the best libero play I have seen in a long time."
West girls tennis
Wauwatosa West moved to 2-0 in the Woodland Conference with a 5-2 win over New Berlin West.
Wauwatosa West received singles wins from Connie Terlizzi (6-1, 6-1) and Alyssa Piek (6-2, 6-4). The Trojans' doubles teams continued to play well, as Meghan Schmidt and Da Douangvilay (6-4, 6-1); Adie Davies and Caroline Rachow (6-2, 6-1); and Amy Carlson and Faith Baltz (6-1, 6-2) earned victories against the Vikings.
"It is always really, really hard playing on the first day of school," Wauwatosa West girls tennis coach Kosta Zervas said. "I thought we came out and played really well. I knew it would be a tough match since we had to travel to New Berlin West.
"All the spots were very competitive. We were fortunate to win those five spots to win the dual match. It is a good start for the season to be 2-0 in the conference."
The Trojans were scheduled to face rival Wauwatosa East in a dual meet on Sept. 7 before returning to Woodland Conference play against Pewaukee on Sept. 7.
"We still have a ways to go to meet our goal of winning conference," Zervas said. "We have a tough match against Pewaukee next week. We're moving into a tough part of our schedule."
West girls volleyball
Wauwatosa West kicked off Woodland Conference play with a sweep of New Berlin West on Sept. 1 before going 3-2 at the Marshfield Invitational.
The Trojans cruised to 25-22, 25-16 and 25-18 wins.
"It was a good game to open up our conference season," Trojans coach Kelly Dwyer said. "We really ran our offense well the whole night. The setters and hitters made good decisions."
Senior Clare Honan had 18 kills on 23 swings with just one error (.739 hitting percentage) in the match for Wauwatosa West. Junior Margaret Radske served five aces, junior Ericha Stuberg had 11 digs and juniors Kelly Rampolla and Emma Elliott each finished with 14 assists.
"One thing we took out of this game is that we need to finish off matches better," Dwyer said. "At the end of every set, we let New Berlin West go on a little run of points. We can't let that as we move forward into the season. We need to get that dominate attitude and finish out the games stronger."
At the Marshfield Invitational, the Trojans dropped matches to Altoona (21-25, 11-25) and Medford (16-25, 23-25) and picked up wins over Superior (25-10, 20-25, 15-5), Marshfield (25-19, 20-25, 15-11) and Rhinelander (25-22, 26-24).
Honan finished the tournament with 41 kills and 12 blocks, while Emily Wagy had 26 kills. Elliott and Kelly Rampolla each had 40 assists on the day. Stuberg finished with 39 digs and nine aces.
"Started off the day in our first two matches really sluggish, we were a step slow on everything, it was like we took two steps back from Thursday," Dwyer said. "In our last three matches we played much better, still not to our caliber, but we battled back from the rough start to the day and salvaged three wins. Hopefully, the girls learned that they need to be prepared to play at all times and that teams aren't just going to roll over for them."
The Trojans' boys cross-country team finished 25th at the Verona Invitational on Sept. 3
Junior Ngaru Nen led Wauwatosa West with a time of 18:55.73. Sophomore Mike Detlaff (19:24.76), junior Andrew Harter (20:50.65), junior Joey Wehrley (21:41.44) and senior Max Herteen (22:19.94) also ran for the Trojans.
Sophomore Emma Gabriel (23:21.13), junior Sophia Ruggeri (24:03.08) and junior Toriah Haanstad (24:43.20) competed for the girls team.
Wauwatosa West will next compete at the South Milwaukee Invitational at Grant Park Golf Course on Sept. 10.