Fast start, rally in third set create title match between No. 1 Arrowhead and No. 2 Oconomowoc
In a dominating performance against a quality opponent, the OHS girls volleyball team dispatched Homestead Thursday night at Homestead in straight sets, 25-13, 25-20, 25-23. The win pushed the team’s season record to 32-5 and earned it a berth Saturday night in the WIAA Sectional championship against Arrowhead at Arrowhead at 7 p.m.
A team that often doesn’t start well, OHS jumped all over the home team Thursday in the first set, continued strong in the second set, faltered a bit in the third set, but recovered well–after being down 18-11–to sweep the match.
OHS entered play as the Arrowhead Sectional’s No. 2 seed while Homestead, which upset Menomonee Falls, the No. 4 seed on Saturday night, was the No. 5 seed.
In the earlier semi-final at Homestead, No. 1 seed Arrowhead defeated another Wisconsin Little Ten team, Watertown, 3-1, to advance the final.
After the match, Cooney head coach Michelle Bruss said that playing at Homestead, a lower seed, wasn’t a problem. She said that Homestead had more pressure, being at home and playing in front of a vocal, friendly crowd.
Bruss added that her team’s blocking was “really strong, which kept their big hitters at bay.” The opposite was true for OHS as hitters Heather Moutvic and Leah Fenske, both seniors, regularly found holes in the Homestead defense.
Bruss, chuckled a bit when she acknowledged her team’s struggle in the final set, calling it “a real nightmare. We were down the entire set and even as the game was coming to an end we dug in and fought. It didn’t matter that we were down by 8, we weren’t letting this game go. Our defensive play on the net was phenomenal. The girls stayed aggressive and made sure that they were where they needed to be.”
The Cooney coach, in her seventh year directing the varsity, concluded, “I’m extremely proud of the discipline and fight that these girls had tonight and am really excited for our next step in the Sectional championship.”
Aces – Hailey leader – 4
Kills – Leah Fenske – 12
Blocks – Hailey leader and Nicole Shanahan – 3 each
Digs – Natalie Perrault and Amanda Garvens – 6 each
Assists – Anna Berghoefer – 17