The list of the 2015 champions is identical to last year’s as all four Divisions feature repeat champions.
Divine Savior Holy Angels (45-6) defended its title in Division 1 by outlasting Oconomowoc (31-4) in five sets 25-20, 23-25, 25-27, 25-15, 15-12. Annie Ertz posted 25 kills and Katie Arnold added 12 to lead the Dashers’ offensive attack. Maddie Yoss assisted on 45 of the kills. Defensively, Ertz had a team-high 14 digs, and the Dashers recorded 14 blocks as a team. Hailey Leader led the Racoons with 23 kills and Carly Christopherson chipped in with 13.
Divine Savior Holy Angels have won three State championships in eight State Tournament appearances. Oconomowoc finishes runner-up in its first-ever tournament appearance.
Catholic Memorial adds another gold trophy to its case by winning the Division 2 State title for the second staight season and for the fifth time in the last seven seasons.
After dropping the first set, the Crusaders won the next three to defeat East Troy 21-25, 25-17, 26-24. Three hitters recorded double figures in kills to lead the balanced attack for the Crusaders. Lexi Alden led the team with 13 kills, and Kaitlyn Zingsheim and Ivey Whalen each contributed 10 kills. Whalen also contributed defensively with eight blocks. Maddy Rondeau dealt out 22 assists, and Kathryn Christian made a game-high 28 digs. East Troy was paced by Mary Dodge with 16 kills and a team-high 19 digs.
Catholic Memorial has won six State championships in its eight State Tournament appearances, and East Troy finishes runner-up in its third State appearance.
Waterloo (34-11) came back from a 2-1 deficit to capture its second straight Division 3 championshipwith a 24-26, 25-18, 25-20, 22-25, 15-10 win over Lake Country Lutheran (37-6) in the final.
Madeline Mosher amassed 39 kills to lead the Pirates offensive. That kill total ranks the second-most in a five-set Division 3 match. Her 80 kills for the tournament also ranks second-most in Division 3. Claire Mosher recorded 49 assists, and Grace Meyer contributed with a game-high 20 digs. Brooke Anderson was credited with 30 kills to lead the Lightning.
It’s the first time a Division 3 champion was determined in a five-set match since Oostburg defeated Spencer in 2011.
Newman Catholic (40-1) won its third consecutive Division 4 State girls volleyball championship with a 23-25, 25-19, 25-12, 25-20 victory over Southwestern (27-2) in the final.
It’s the second straight season the Wildcats have finished runner-up to the Fighting Cardinals. Mariah Whalen provided a majority of the Newman Catholic hitting attack with 29 kills to go with three service aces. Rylie Vaughn dished out 19 assists and recorded a match-high 17 digs. Abbey Fox had a team-high 25 assists with 14 digs. Southwestern was led by Michelle Budden with 22 kills.
The Fighing Cardinals are the first team to win three straight titles since Catholic Memorial won three Division 2 titles in a row from 2009-11.