Falls volleyball team rallies to beat DSHA, win own tourney
Indians remain top-ranked in state
The goal of never being satisfied is working for the top-ranked Division 1 Menomonee Falls girls volleyball team.
That way, the Indians have the fortitude to respond to challenges like the one they faced in the final of their own Falls Invitational on Saturday against old Greater Metro rival and fourth-ranked DSHA.
Falls was down 14-12 in the "race to 15" third game but rallied to pull out a 17-15 victory on a block kill by Abby Becker.
Indians 'won't stop'
"We just kept grinding away," Indians All-American Simone Lee said. "...We're working hard all the time and we just won't stop."
That kind of attitude has coach J.C. Bruns encouraged as the Indians (36-3 match record) approach the all-important stretch run. This is their rare weekend off before the GMC Tournament the weekend of Oct. 17-19 and then the WIAA tournament series that follows.
"We got a chance to see what DS was really like," he said, referring to Falls' stunning three-game sweep of the Dashers in a GMC dual last month. "They played like I knew they would. They passed and played very well. We really saw their full repertoire.
"That last game was pretty intense. DS was fired up. This was a small comeback but a big one for us."
The two teams split the first two games with Falls taking the first 25-20 and the Dashers the second 25-17.
Lee had 15 kills and 14 digs in the DS match while Katherine Von Bank had eight and Becker seven. Becker also had 24 assists.
"No doubt we'll see them again at conference and maybe again at state," said Bruns, who praised defensive specialist Brittany Robinson for her tenacity and hustle.
Earlier in the tournament, Falls swept past a good New Berlin Eisenhower team in two, as well as West Allis Hale and area rival Germantown, all in pool play. They then had to work hard to beat defending state D2 champion Kettle Moraine Lutheran, 27-29, 25-14, 15-9 in the semifinals as Lee had 19 kills, three blocks and 15 digs while Becker had 26 assists and Von Bank seven kills.
Team has good mentality
Lee also likes the character on the team right now.
"Everyone is more committed to winning than ever," she said. "We just want to keep improving. From the start of the match to the end....Our focus is very good right now. If we need to work on something, we fix it."
Bruns was pleased with the effort, far more so than the indifferent showing the Indians put in at their 22-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-11 GMC win over Hale on Oct. 1.
"Not our finest hour," he said.
Germantown, which is still battling injuries, took sixth on the day, going 3-5, as they beat Hale and Greendale but lost to Eisenhower, Falls and Middleton. Beth Kuske had 26 kills for the Warhawks while Paige Groth had 50 assists and 24 digs, Christina Nennig seven aces and Anika Swoboda 24 digs.
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