Big Foot loses in state volleyball
Walworth Big Foot’s girls volleyball team got lost in the land of the giants Friday.
Playing in the WIAA State Tournament for the first time in school history, Big Foot ran into a much taller and tournament-tested Waukesha Catholic Memorial team in a Division 2 semifinal match.
The two-time defending state champion Crusaders, behind 17 kills from 6-foot-3 outside hitter Amanda Hansen, overpowered the Chiefs, 3-1. Catholic Memorial
(45-6) plays Tomahawk (38-9) for the
Division 2 state title at 3 p.m. today.
Rock Valley South champion Big Foot finished the season 40-5, with two of the losses coming against Catholic Memorial.
Big Foot coach Jen Stelling said the Crusaders were able to expose the undersized Chiefs.
“Hansen hit over the top of us, around our blocks, and even tipped a couple of shots past us,” Stelling said. “They just had more offensive weapons than we did, and we weren’t playing very well, especially early.
“We fought hard, but they (Catholic Memorial) were supposed to win. They’re probably the best team in the state in any division.”
The Crusaders threatened to make the Chiefs’ first visit to state a short one. Catholic Memorial pulled away early in the first two games, winning the first game, 25-15, and the second, 25-14.
“I don’t know if we were a little awestruck or had some jitters, but we couldn’t get anything going those first two games,” Stelling said. “We couldn’t find (setter) “Kat” (Katarina Rotta), and their blocking at the net really caused us problems.”
Big Foot rallied from an early 4-1 deficit in the third game before pulling away late for a 25-22 win.
The Chiefs had momentum in fourth game as they looked to force a fifth and decisive final game. Big Foot pushed the lead to four at 17-13 as senior Annie Kunes took over for the Chiefs with an array of kills. The University of Texas-San Antonio recruit finished with a match-high 17 kills, but she was the only Big Foot player with in double figures for kills.
Trailing 22-20 in the fourth game, Catholic Memorial scored the last five points of the game to close out the match, 25-22.
“We just had a bad rotation at the end there,” Stelling said. “But we’ve got nothing to hang our heads about. To finish 40-5 is pretty remarkable, especially when you consider the teams we lost to are all playing at state except one.
“I’m very proud of each and every one of these girls. This was a season they will never forget.”
CATHOLIC MEMORIAL 3, BIG FOOT 1
Walworth Big Foot 15 14 25 22
Waukesha Catholic Memorial 25 25 22 25
Leaders: Aces—Sydney Racky (BF) 2, Amy Schryver (BF) 2, Alyssa Dawson (CM) 4. Kills—Annie Kunes (BF) 17, Amanda Hansen (CM) 17. Digs—Mackenzie Long (BF) 12, Lindsay Casper (CM) 20. Assists—Katarina Rotta (BF) 28, Sara Connell (CM) 50.