Marquette Wins 7th Boys Volleyball Title

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Marquette Wins 7th Boys Volleyball Title

Marquette won the State Boys Volleyball Championship with a 21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12 victory over Germantown in the tournament final played at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee Saturday.

Each of the first three sets of the match were knotted a 17-17. The Warhawks outscored the Hilltoppers 8-4 at the end of the first set to take a 1-0 lead, but the Hilltoppers turned the tables to even the match at a set apiece by outscoring the Warhawks 8-3 at the end of the second set. Germantown gained a 2-1 advantage in the match by closing the third set with an 8-6 advantage.

Marquette went on a four-point run to break an 11-11 tie in the fourth set and never relinquished the lead to send the match to a deciding fifth set. With the fifth set tied 12-12, The Hilltoppers got a kill from Joe Coplan, an ace from Donald Foley and a block from Coplan and Eaven Mason to win the set and match.

It is the seventh State championship for Marquette, which has qualified for the tournament 12 straight seasons. Only Kaukauna has won more titles with eight. Germantown finishes runner-up in its third State appearance.

In the semifinals, Germantown became the first team in the rally-scoring era to trail 0-2 in the quarterfinals and semifinals and still advance to the final. The Warhawks defeated Catholic Memorial 23-25, 18-25, 25-14, 25-18, 15-13. Marquette downed Brookfield East in five sets 25-17, 23-15, 25-20, 24-26, 23-21 to set-up the match-up in the final.    


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