On paper, the Tomah High School volleyball team has a daunting task − winning a WIAA Division 1 Regional volleyball tournament match as a 13th seed.
However, the events of Tuesday give the Timberwolves hope.
The Timberwolves were seeded 13th out of 14 teams in the Waunakee Sectional. The Timberwolves will head to fourth-seeded Holmen for a Regional semifinal Thursday, Oct. 18, and despite the long odds, Tomah coach Sarah Walters is optimistic that her team can give Holmen a battle. Tomah is coming off a solid win Tuesday over La Crosse Central, and Holmen nearly had its Mississippi Valley Conference title hopes derailed by last-place Sparta Tuesday before prevailing in five games.
Walters said beating Holmen in the tournament would match the expectations her team carried into the season.
“When we started the season, we had high expectations, and then it didn’t pan out this way,” Walters said after the Central match. “When we play this well, it’s a nice glimpse of what we are capable of doing.”
The Vikings are 10-1 in the MVC. They split with La Crosse Aquinas during the regular season, and the two schools will share the conference championship if both win their final matches this week.
Holmen is led by MVC player of the year candidate McKenzie Winker, who will continue her volleyball career at Viterbo University next season. She had 25 kills during Holmen’s two matches against Tomah, both of which the Vikings won in three games.
Regardless of how Tomah fares in the tournament, there will be tournament volleyball played in Tomah. The THS gym will host sectional semifinals Thursday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. with the winners advancing to the sectional final in Waunakee Saturday, Oct. 27.
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