Cooney girls volleyball team earns trip to state with convincing, 3-1, win over Arrowhead

1Z5A8245_6019_FLMalcolm McIntyre | Oconomowoc Today

Senior Leah Fenske (#16) scores against Arrowhead Saturday night to help OHS win a WIAA Sectional title and advance to the state tournament Thursday at Green Bay.

In a match played at Arrowhead, No. 2 seed OHS defeats top-seeded Warhawks; team faces Neenah Thursday night in Green Bay

For the first time in the program’s history, it is on to state for the OHS girls varsity volleyball team.

OHS won the right to advance to the WIAA state championship in Green starting this Thursday by taking down No. 1 seed Arrowhead Saturday night at Arrowhead to win one of four WIAA Sectional championships.

OHS was the No. 2 seed. Arrowhead earned the No. 1 seed by virtue of its finishing atop the Classic Eight conference with a perfect 7-0 record and its split with OHS during the regular season.

OHS, the 2015 Wisconsin Little Ten conference champion with a 9-1 record, compiled the best overall record in the school’s history (33-5) and early in the season, at the St. Thomas Moore Joust tournament at Homestead High School OHS defeated the Warhawks on the way to a third-place finish at the prestigious tournament that regularly features the top teams in the state.

The Cooney loss, 0-2, was to Burlington, which finished second to Divine Savior Holy Name Academy. Both DSHA and Burlington will be in Green competing with OHS for the D1 championship.

On Oct. 10, at Arrowhead, the Warhawks defeated OHS to even the series.

Saturday night was the rubber match and Cooney head coach Michelle Bruss’ crew was more than ready to handle the senior-dominated team from Hartland.

OHS lost the first set, 20-25, but stormed back to win the next three, 25-19, 25-24, 25-23, to silence a boisterous crowd of Arrowhead supporters and leave no doubt which team was better.

OHS takes on Neenah at 7 p.m. in the Resch Center, in the day’s final D1 quarterfinal. Neenah, like OHS, was the No. 2 seed in its Sectional and like Oconomowoc, it beat the sectional’s No. 1 seed–Cedarburg–to advance.

Cedarburg, which earlier had beaten West Bend East, another Wisconsin Little Ten school, took down Sheboygan North, 3-1, at Cedarburg on Thursday night, and then lost to Neenah, of the Fox Valley conference, 25-19, 25-23, 20-25,25-14, in a match played at Fond du Lac.

Neenah finished atop its conference with a perfect 9-0 record. This will be the third time in the last four years the Rockets have made it to state. It is the team’s 13th appearance in all; Neenah won the title in 1978. The Rockets also competed in the Joust tournament at Mequon where it went 0-2.

D1 matches Thursday:

Match-1:  D.C. Everest  vs. Divine Savior Holy Angels – 4:30 p.m.

Match-2:  Appleton North vs. Greendale – 4:30 p.m.

Match-3:  Verona vs. Burlington – 7:30 p.m.

Match-4:  Neenah vs. Oconomowoc – 7:30 p.m.

For more information on the tournament and the participating teams, click here.

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