The Tomah High School volleyball season came to an end at Middleton Oct. 20 with a 25-17, 25-17, 23-25, 25-12 loss at Middleton in a WIAA Division 1 Regional semifinal.

Tomah found itself in a loaded 15-team sectional bracket. Despite a 7-5 record in the Mississippi Valley Conference, the Timberwolves could manage only a 13th seed in the 15-team draw. Tomah coach Sara Walters said the team played a competitive match but didn’t stay consistent enough to keep pace with the sectional’s number-four seed.

“Even though we played, we missed some serves at critical times,” Walters said. “Middleton is a very good team.”

Senior outside hitter Reis Derousseau led the Timberwolves at the net with 17 kills.

Senior setter Abbey Larsen delivered 16 assists, and junior libero Madisyn Brey had 12 digs.

Madison Lindauer and Abby Wagenson, both juniors, had three blocks each.

Middleton defeated Monona Grove in the regional final and advanced to the sectional semifinal. The Cardinals are seeking their first state tournament berth since 2009.

The 2017 campaign marked the fourth time in five seasons that the Timberwolves posted a winning record in the MVC. She said the girls are disappointed they didn’t win an MVC title but still held together after an injury to middle blocker Brooke Brown scrambled the lineup.

“Overall, I’m proud of the girls,” Walters said. “We had to overcome a key injury, and we had to reorganize things. I thought the girls did a good job of moving and filling the gaps.”

Walters said expectations have changed for a program that had struggled until a few years ago. She said the girls now expect to compete with the top teams in the MVC.

“It’s no longer looking at finishing second or third in the conference,” Walters said. “It’s a different mindset, and that’s a good mindset to have.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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