In high school sports there are times when a team’s record does not always tell the complete story. Such is the case for this year’s Viroqua volleyball team, according to Viroqua High School coach Katie Schwartz.

“Our record does not define who we are as a team,” Schwartz said, following the Blackhawks’ loss to Westby, Thursday, Sept. 28, in front of a large homecoming week crowd at the VHS gym.

The Lady Norse improved to 6-3 in the conference and moved into second place in the Coulee when they defeated the Blackhawks 22-25, 20-25 and 17-25.

Despite the loss, Schwartz found plenty of positive things to say about this year’s squad.

“A lot of heart and hustle was put into this game with it being homecoming week and having 10 seniors on the team emotions were running high,” Schwartz said. “I was proud of the way the girls battled…it is sometimes draining being in the trenches and not getting the reward of the win at the end of the battle, but I know it will happen for this team…they are too talented of a team to go down without a fight and I know their peak is still coming.”

The Blackhawks, who slipped to 1-7 in the Coulee and 7-11 overall, were led by Natalie Waldenberger with 9 kills, Claire Anderson chipped in with 16 assists and Ivy Shonka added 13 digs.

“I thought the rivalry between the two schools was handled with class and character, by both the Westby and Viroqua girls,” Schwartz said. “I am proud to be a Blackhawk and proud of these young women whose talents range far beyond the volleyball court.”

The VHS netters were scheduled to play host to Black River Falls Tuesday, Oct. 3, before traveling to Arcadia, Thursday, Oct. 5, and to North Crawford for a tournament, Saturday, Oct. 7, before returning home to close out the regular season, hosting Onalaska Luther Oct. 10 and G-E-T Oct. 12.