The Viroqua girls volleyball team ended regular season play last week with a pair of Coulee Conference losses, both of which were on the road. Each loss came in similar fashion, playing well and coming up short in game one before dropping the second and third games,

Tuesday, Oct. 9, the Blackhawks traveled to Onalaska Luther, putting up a good battle in game one, before losing 23-25, then dropping the next two games 11-25, 13-25. Kill leaders for the Hawks were Jenna Harless with three, and Erica Tryggested and Ashlee Gander with two each.

“I felt like the girls battled hard in the first game and when we lost by two it took a lot out of them and couldn’t get it back together for the second and third,” said coach Katie Schwartz.

The Blackhawks came a little closer to winning the first game in a match at G-E-T Thursday, Oct. 11,before losing 24-26 and then dropping games two and three by scores of 11-25, 14-25. “Again, we started strong,” Schwartz said, “but ran out of steam after losing by two again.”

Tryggestad led the stat sheet with seven kills, Gander and Brianna Carmen added three each and Serena Baker chipped in with seven digs.

“We start a new season next week, (Blackhawks began WIAA regional in a match Tuesday, Oct. 16, hosted by G-E-T)” Schwartz said. “So the girls are looking forward to a fresh start and another chance at G-E-T.”

“I expect a lot from our seniors now with every game being sudden death, you win you keep playing, you lose you go home,” said the veteran VHS coach. “With nine seniors on the team I feel that they will put their best effort out for the post-season.”

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