Close, but not quite.
Winneconne ended the Waupaca volleyball team’s season Oct. 23 by taking three of five games from the Comets in a Division 2 regional semifinal.
Waupaca, a No. 5 seed in its WIAA state tournament bracket, opened the postseason Oct. 21 by sweeping Lomira.
Winneconne 3, Waupaca 2
WINNECONNE – Waupaca opened the match with a 25-21 win, but the Wolves came back with a pair of 25-23 wins. The Comets forced a fifth set with a 25-22 win in the fourth game, but the Wolves wrapped up the match with a 15-10 win.
“We played pretty well tonight,” coach Chelsea Benitz said. “Sydney (Brooks) and Alyssa (Nicewander) were connecting and it was very fun to watch. When our passes were there, we were fantastic. Unfortunately, we got down on a few runs and couldn’t recover.”
Team leaders included Nicewander (41 assists, 20 digs, one ace); Brenna Oleson (17 digs); Macie Davidson (six kills); Maleva Butkiewicz (12 digs, three kills, two aces); Mandy Tomlinson (14 digs, eight kills, two aces); Brooks (19 kills); and Tina Rasmussen (13 digs, 12 kills, three aces).
Waupaca 3, Lomira 0
WAUPACA – Waupaca swept the 12th-seeded Lions 25-15, 25-18, 25-13.
Team leaders included (21 assists, three aces); Oleson (seven digs); Davidson (four kills); Mandy Tomlinson (five kills, five digs); Brooks: (four kills); and Rasmussen (nine kills, eight digs).
The Winneconne match was the final one for seniors Nicewander, Butkiewicz, Davidson, Brooks and Tomlinson.
“These girls have come a long way and I was very proud of each of them this season,” Benitz said. “The seniors will be greatly missed next year.”