Falls volleyball team prepares for DSHA with Mukwonago Invite title
Brookfield Central Invite is Saturday
The Menomonee Falls girls volleyball team winning the Mukwonago Invite is news like dog bites man.
It is what the Indians have done for more years than Indians coach J.C. Bruns can count and what they did again Saturday. The news factor is that the tourney win was a good tune-up and momentum builder as Falls prepared for its biggest dual meet of the year, which was held Tuesday against Greater Metro Conference rival DSHA (see Menomonee FallsNOW.com for details).
"We started putting it (the DSHA) dual in their minds last Tuesday's practice," Bruns said. "Not that we were looking ahead, but if we play and practice like we are playing DSHA then we should be fine."
The Indians opened GMC play on Sept. 4 with a three-set rout of Wauwatosa East.
Following DSHA on Tuesday, Falls is at the Brookfield Central Invitational on Saturday.
At Mukwonago, despite a little lackadaisical play at the start, the Indians cruised to the title. In pool play, they downed Waukesha North (25-9, 25-14); Howards Grove (25-10, 25-19); and Oconomowoc (25-15, 25-14).
In the championship semifinals, the Indians crushed Kenosha Bradford (25-12, 25-15) before defeating the host school in the finals (25-21, 25-18).
"We started off a little slow," Bruns said, "but we had decent competition and that gave us some good stuff to work on. We were pretty balanced. Overall, not one person really stood out. Abby (Becker) did have fun working on creating shots from her setter's position which is something she doesn't get to do during the club season (when she plays a different position).
"Everyone got in and a lot of kids got a chance to work on things....Mukwonago was a solid team, and it was a good match. We may see them down the line (in WIAA sectional play)."
On the season, Penn State recruit and pre-season All-American Simone Lee leads the team with 157 kills in 31 games while Katherine Von Bank has 72 and Becker 50. Becker leads the offense with 257 assists, while Maddie Micech (164), Lee (122) and Von Bank (103) pace the team in digs.
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