Menomonee Falls girls lose volleyball match to DSHA
Dashers take first win against Indians this season
Does familiarity breed contempt?
In the case of the girls volleyball rivalry, grudge match, sisterhood of the elite, whatever you call it that is the yearly series of wars between Greater Metro Conference rivals Menomonee Falls and DSHA, it is a valid question.
Top-ranked in state Falls had already won the GMC title this season with its dual meet rout of the Dashers early last month when the two teams met yet again in the final of the GMC Tourney on Saturday.
It was their fourth meeting of the fall.
And in that matchup there was a different outcome than in the first three as third-ranked in state DSHA prevailed for the first time in a 24-26, 25-17, 26-24, 21-25, 15-11 grinder. If anything, it was simply a preview of what will likely be a fifth meeting if and when both teams qualify for the WIAA state tournament and meet in a state quarterfinal match late in the afternoon Nov. 7 in Green Bay.
"It was a very interesting match," said Indians coach J.C. Bruns. "It's not like they're not a very good team. We've met four times and there have been three versions of how this thing has played out.
"The first time (the league dual) we played well and they didn't. The next two times (in tournaments) we played well and they played better. The matches were closer but we still won both of them and then this time around, they played really well and we didn't. That's why they won.
"This can actually be good for us. We get a reminder that any team can beat you. That's a very good reminder. We can't take anyone for granted."
Bruns has a point in that regard. The Indians are the top seed in the WIAA Watertown sectional and, he said, they have played and beaten all eight of the top seeded teams.
Falls gets a first-round bye in the sectional and will host the winner of Waukesha South and Homestead in a regional final at 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Sectional semifinals will be at Germantown on Oct. 31 with the sectional final at Watertown on Nov. 2.
Mukwonago is the sectional's second seed.
In the GMC Tournament, the Indians beat Brookfield Central in a three-game sweep in the semifinals before meeting up with DSHA.
"We really didn't pass very well (against DSHA)," he said, "and with us, that's always key. Moving forward, we need to be more consistent in that regard. The bottom line is, we'll take where we're at right now. We're not pressing any panic buttons by any means."
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