Fall Creek, Osseo-Fairchild spiker squads advance to regional title matches
Fall Creek and Osseo-Fairchild's prep volleyball teams won their respective Division 3 WIAA regional tournament semifinals games Thursday evening, Oct. 21 and will play in championship matches this Saturday, Oct. 23 beginning at 7 p.m.
No. 3 ranked Fall Creek, the top seed in their regional tournament, downed No. 8 seed Onalaska Luther in thee games 25-19, 25-13, 25-16 while No. 3 seeded Osseo-Fairchild took care of No. 6 seed Elmwood/Plum City, also in three games, 25-16, 25-14 and 25-16.
The Crickets set a new school record 41 wins in a regular season to just four losses. Statistically, FC was led by Gianna Vollrath's 15 kills, Sam Olson's 14 assists, 11 digs and 7 kills, Emallie Sorensen 10 digs and 5 aces, Anika Steinke 16 assists, Hannah Herrem 18 digs and Tori Marten's six kills.
FC will face No. 4 seed Westby in the regional finals at Fall Creek. The Norsemen downed No. 5 seed Cochrane-Fountain City in semifinals 27-25, 25-16, 25-21. Westby is 16-8 overall and finished runner-up in the Coulee Conference to champion West Salem.
Osseo-Fairchild was led statistically by Brooke McCune who had 18 kills, one block and an ace. Teammate Mariah Steinke had 11 kills vs. EPC while Madisyn Loonstra finished with nine kills, eight blocks and an ace. O-F's Rhiannon Prudlick had three kills and six blocks. Rachel Moe had two aces and Thunder libero Zoey Lafky also had an ace while Kaitlyn Skoug had two kills and a block. EPC was led by Hannah Forster with six kills and four blocks.
The Thunder won its 18th-straight match to improve to 27-2 overall. They will travel to La Crosse Saturday to take on No. 6 ranked and second-seeded Aquinas, 27-5 overall, for the regional tournament championship. Aquinas downed No. 7 seeded Cashton 3-1 (25-14, 25-20, 22-25, 25-14) to advance.
Eleva-Strum's season came to an end in a Division 4 regional semifinal match vs. Alma/Pepin at Alma. The game scores were 25-17, 25-17, 25-11. No. 3 seeded E-S finishes their season at 11-14 overall. Alma/Pepin, the No. 2 seed, takes on No. 1 and No. 10 ranked Bangor this Saturday in the finals at Bangor.