The WIAA began sponsoring a tournament series in girls volleyball in 1973. Shawano won the first state team championship with West Allis Hale finishing runner-up.
The first two State Tournaments were held at Neenah. The tournament was then moved to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Kolf Fieldhouse from 1975 to 1993 before returning to Neenah in 1994. In 2002, the State Tournament moved to its current home, the Resch Center in Green Bay.
The tournament series followed the three division A-B-C format, except for the first year in 1973 when there was only one class. Terminology was changed from classes to divisions in 1990 when the tournament format changed to four divisions of competition.
Waupun leads all schools with 11 state titles. Abbotsford and Catholic Memorial is next in line with seven, and Wauwatosa East and West Bend East are next with six State championships. Catholic Central, Kettle Moraine Lutheran and Westosha Central have won five titles, and Newman Catholic, Waunakee and West Allis Hale have won four titles. Cambridge, Cuba City, Divine Savior Holy Angels, Dodgeville, Iowa-Grant, Oostburg, Platteville, Turtle Lake and Williams Bay are next with three.
Westosha Central has appeared in the most State Tournaments with 19. West Bend East is next with 17, followed by Waupun and Wauwatosa East with 16. Muskego and Neenah have appeared in 14 tournaments with Grantsburg qualifying 13 times. Abbotsford and Watertown are next with 12. Cuba City, Menomonee Falls and West Allis Hale have played in 11 State Tournaments with Kimberly and qualifying 10 times.
Waupun is the only program to win five straight championships (2001-05). Newman Catholic has won four straight championships in Division 4 (2013-16). There are seven other programs that have won three consecutive State titles. Abbotsford accomplished the feat twice (1981-83, 1997-99) as has Catholic Memorial, winning three straight from 2009-11 and again from 2014-16. Waupun won three titles from 1995-97. Turtle Lake won three consecutive championships from 1993-95; Kettle Moraine Lutheran won three straight from 2002-04; and Williams Bay won their three titles from 2003-05.
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