East Troy rolls in state volleyball final
GREEN BAY—Brittany Jakscht started to tear up. It was the realization that all her and her East Troy teammates’ dreams would be coming true.
However, there were still four points remaining in the WIAA Division 2 state volleyball title match.
The Trojans made quick work of Edgewood the rest of the set and the celebration was on. East Troy capped off a dominating season by downing Edgewood in three sets, 25-11, 25-14, 25-11, to win the state championship Saturday afternoon at the Resch Center.
“It’s overwhelming right now, but I’m sure once it sets in it will be one of the best feelings ever,” said Jakscht, who is a senior setter. “We’ve all been playing with each other since we were 12 and so it’s really bittersweet to see all of our seasons end together, but it’s really great that we can do it winning a state title.”
East Troy (44-0) started the season undefeated and ended it the same way. It dropped just eight sets all year.
“I feel like there are no words to describe it,” said East Troy sophomore outside hitter M.E. Dodge, who finished with 14 kills and 13 digs. “These girls are like my sisters. To share this experience with everyone is just insane.”
East Troy—ranked No. 4 nationally by MaxPreps.com—dominated Edgewood in every facet of the game. The Trojans finished the match with an attack percentage of .357, committing only nine errors while amassing 44 kills. The Crusaders had an attack percentage of .011, with 19 kills and 18 errors.
The Trojans forced the Crusaders into a lot of unforced errors all match.
“We wanted them to play out of their comfort zone,” East Troy coach Jeremy Weis said. “I told the girls, I said, ‘Right now, let’s go out and play (like) we’ve always played. You just got out there and make that serve go over. It’s a big area, the ball’s going to move a lot.’ We had them playing behind the 10-foot line almost all game. From there, we can dig a lot of balls and transition pretty quick.”
Edgewood (37-5) entered the match having won its last 24 matches. However, the Trojans changed that quickly. The only lead the Crusaders had all night was a 1-0 advantage in the first set.
Edgewood kept it close early in the opening set as East Troy held a 9-6 lead. However a pair of aces from Dodge fueled a 9-2 run to make it 17-8. The Trojans didn’t let up as Dodge pounded down four kills in the final five points to give East Troy the set, 25-11.
“We really took control right away and we really had our minds in it since the beginning,” said Jakscht, who finished with a game-high 26 assists.
In Set 2, East Troy jumped out to a 5-0 advantage and pushed its lead to 15-5 after six-straight points off Dodge serves. Edgewood scored four points in a row late but East Troy closed out with a 25-14 victory. The Trojans made quick work of the Crusaders in the final set, winning 25-11.
Closing out the season with a state title, Weis knows his team was a special group of players who always bought into everything he asked.
“We put out there right away in the beginning of the season, ‘Girls, our goal is, we’re going to win state. And you know what? We’re not going to accept any losses. Let’s put it out there. Let’s see what we can do,’” Weis said. “And they bought right into it again. And their mindset was, ‘All right, coach asked me to do it, so I guess coach is right. I’ll go ahead and do that.’”
Listening to coach certainly paid dividends.