After taking second place in a pair of tournaments this season, Wauwatosa West's girls volleyball team broke through with an invitational championship.
The Trojans went 4-0 to take first place at their own invitational on Sept. 17 to move to 20-6 on the season.
Before claiming the tournament crown, Wauwatosa West split their final two Woodland West matches to finish in third place in the division at 3-2. Greendale won the division at 5-0 with New Berlin Eisenhower taking second at 4-1.
The Trojans dropped the first two sets, 26-24, 25-21 to put themselves in a hole against Pewaukee on Sept. 13.
A 25-13 third-set win kept Wauwatosa West alive. The Trojans then outlasted the Pirates, 27-25, in the fourth set and closed out the match with a 15-9 win in the fifth.
Clare Honan had 19 kills and seven blocks against Pewaukee. Ericha Stuberg had 23 digs and four aces, and Emma Elliott had 21 assists.
"We struggled the first two games, but then we picked it up a notch and starting putting pressure on them," Wauwatosa West coach Kelly Dwyer said. "Pewaukee is a very good team, so this was a big win for us. I liked the way we stuck with it and battled. We could have easily packed it in, but we batted and picked up the win."
New Berlin Eisenhower
In what ended up being a battle for second place in the Woodland West, New Berlin Eisenhower swept Wauwatosa West, 25-21, 25-23, 25-15, on Sept. 15.
Honan had 11 kills, 19 digs and five blocks. Kelly Rampolla added 16 assists, and Margaret Radske served three aces.
"It was a very disappointing game for us," Dwyer said. "We did not show up to play. We had a ton of unforced errors, which can't happen against a good team like Ike. It just wasn't a good game for us."
Wauwatosa West opened the Trojan Invite with a 25-11, 25-11 win over Cudahy.
The Trojans then defeated South Milwaukee (25-16, 25-12) and Brookfield Academy (25-11, 25-18) to advance to the championship match, where they took down St. Thomas More (25-15, 25-22).
Honan finished the tournament with 34 kills and four blocks. Rampolla had 33 assists, while Elliott added 32. Stuberg led the Trojans in digs with 27 and Wagy in aces with 10.
"It was a good day," Dwyer said. "I liked the way we rebounded from a horrible night against Eisenhower. We had a clean record for the day and took home the championship for the first time at our own tournament."
With division play over for the season, Wauwatosa West will play Whitnall (Sept. 20), Greenfield (Sept. 27) and Shorewood (Oct. 4) in East Division crossover matches before the conference tournament begins Oct. 13.