For the first time, the WIAA Boys and Girls State Volleyball Tournaments will be held in conjunction.
The Resch Center in Green Bay will play host to both tournaments from Nov. 7-9, and Kenosha County teams are gearing up for their postseason runs.
One boys team, Indian Trail, is trying to make a return appearance after reaching last year’s state semifinals at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee.
The Hawks have positioned themselves well.
On Monday, Indian Trail — ranked 10th in the latest WisSports.net state coaches poll — visited Racine Case and clinched a share of the Southeast Conference title with a 25-16, 15-25, 25-14, 25-18 victory.
By doing so, the Hawks (21-8-4 overall, 6-1 SEC) shared the conference title with Racine Horlick and Franklin but secured the No. 1 seed for today’s conference tournament at Racine Park.
Indian Trail also locked down the No. 1 seed in its sectional, which begins Oct. 25.
Against the Eagles on Monday, middle hitter Carson Bakkala led the Hawks with 13 kills on a terrific .750 hitting percentage.
“Bakkala was unstoppable,” Indian Trail coach Brian Sharkey said. “I was proud of the way he played and how our setters were able to get him the ball in almost every situation.”
Libero Carson Skalbeck led both teams with 23 digs.
“Skalbeck’s serve-receive allowed Bakkala to do what he did,” Sharkey said. “What a great duo.”
In other boys action, host Tremper on Wednesday claimed a 3-1 victory over Bradford in a crosstown rivalry SEC match.
ST. JOSEPH 3, SHORELAND LUTHERAN 2
The host Lancers fell behind, 2-0, in a Metro Classic Conference showdown at Madrigrano Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
But St. Joseph rallied to claim a 23-25, 14-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-9 victory to close out its regular season.
Leading St. Joseph were Marlena Moore (23 kills), Tori Schuler (23 kills) and Ellie Schuler (46 assists).
“We struggled to get into a rhythm early on, but we were able to focus and limit errors on our side of the net to help lead us to a victory,” St. Joseph coach Whitney Witthun said.
The Lancers earned a No. 2 seed and will host 15th-seeded Lake Country Lutheran in a WIAA Division-3 regional quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Shoreland is a No. 7 seed and will host No. 10 seed Christian Life in a Division-3 regional quarterfinal on Tuesday.
BRADFORD 3, RACINE PARK 0
The host Red Devils finished their regular-season conference slate at 5-2 with a 25-14, 25-8, 25-9 sweep of the Panthers on Tuesday.
Leading Bradford were Lindsay Peck (eight kills), Makayla Eckel (eight kills, four aces), Ally Eckel (10 digs), Paige Hurley (nine digs) and Mallory Malone (24 assists).
“We got off to a slow start, but once we finally started to control the ball we played better,” Bradford coach Kyle Yackley said. “We know heading into the playoff section of our season (that) we can’t afford the slow start.”
Seeded fifth, Bradford will host 12th-seeded Tremper in a WIAA Division-1 regional semifinal on Thursday.