Weyauwega-Fremont opened Central Wisconsin 8 Conference volleyball play Saturday with a win over Iola-Scandinavia.
But the team then dropped the next two matches to Bonduel and Shiocton.
The Indians defeated the Thunderbirds 25-14, 25-19, 25-23.
“Our confidence level was good and play was going quite well, but we hit a wall against Bonduel and struggled to keep their same game going,” coach Rena Tomaszewski said.
W-F won the first game over the Bears, 25-21, but lost the next three, 26-24, 27-25, 28-26.
“Bonduel and W-F played with incredible intensity, as both were competing for that No. 1 spot coming out of pool play and a chance at the conference title, Tomaszewski said. “After that loss, we just didn’t have the emotional intensity that we had started the day with and gave up another loss to Shiocton, 14-25, 19-25, 21-25.
“Rachel Knecht went out with a head injury in the third set, the only set we showed signs of making a come back,” she said. “It was a roller coaster kind of day. At times, we showed some great things out on the court. At other times, the girls just couldn’t keep their momentum going to stay ahead and take the win. We saw good things from the bench, as they went in and did their best to keep the team alive.”
Team leaders for the day included Danielle Johnson with 28 kills and 11 block kills; Bailey Kapitzke with 24 kills; Kate Wieters and Knecht with 37 and 31 assists, respectively; and Teal Tomaszewski with 101 digs, including a school record 50 in the Bonduel match.
The Indians played the No. 3 team out of the other pool play bracket Thursday and will wrap up the regular season at 7:30 tonight (Thursday) with a nonconference home meet against Waupaca.
“We are hoping to build up their confidence level again and go into the playoffs with a positive attitude and the energy we need to take some wins,” Tomaszewski said.
W-F wrapped up second place in pool play Oct. 5 by taking three of four games from Manawa.
Scores were 25-14, 25-16, 20-25, 25-17.
Team leaders included Johnson and Kapitzke with eight and nine kills, respectively; Tomaszewski with 30 digs; Johnson with five block kills;
Knecht with three block kills and 17 assists; and Wieters with 20 assists, four aces and nine service points.
The Indians will open state tournament play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19. Pairings were not available at press time.