Madysen Zitzner

Viroqua’s Madysen Zitzner plays in the Westby Invitational Aug. 26.

The Viroqua volleyball team came oh so close to winning a pair of home matches last week, but came up short in both contests. The team also fell to Westby in Division 3 regionals played at Westby, Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Viroqua was defeated by the Lady Norse 25-21, 25-22, 25-18 at the regional match.

The Blackhawks came out strong in their Tuesday, Oct. 10, battle versus Onalaska Luther, winning the first two games 25-16, 25-21, before dropping three straight 16-25, 19-25, 9-15 to lose the match 3-2.

“We had a rough night on the service line and missed an uncharacteristic 19 serves,” said Viroqua coach Katie Schwartz following the match. “We did work on serving a little tougher and had 12 aces, but ultimately with that many missed serves it is difficult to come up with a win.”

Madysen Zitzner recorded 13 kills and 21 digs, Natalie Waldenberger accounted for 14 kills and 19 digs, and Claire Anderson served up 31 assists.

On Thursday, Oct. 12, the Hawks hosted Gale Ettrick Trempealeau and pushed the Red Hawks to four games, but came up on the losing, 24-26, 25-22, 20-25 and 17-25.

“What a turn-around from our game on Tuesday,” Schwartz said. “The girls played with a lot of hustle and heart. It was senior night and with ten seniors I didn’t expect anything less. We fell short in the end but battled all the way through.”

Zitzner with 10 kills, Waldenberger with 8 kills and 19 digs and Anderson with 29 assists once again led the Blackhawks.

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