Monday, October 4, 2010

Boys Volleyball beat #1 Ranked MUHS

from Madison.Com --

High School Volleyball
Waukesha Catholic Memorial wins Middleton Invitational

On the court, the top two prep boys volleyball teams in the state squared off against one another. In the stands, an opposing coach sat and watched, hoping his team would pick up some pointers.

Waukesha Catholic Memorial dumped top-ranked Milwaukee Marquette in the semifinals, then defeated Franklin in the finals of the Middleton Invitational on Saturday in a competition that was devoid of local teams in the championship bracket.

Middleton, Madison East, Madison Memorial and Madison La Follette all failed to advance out of pool play, though Middleton coach Ben White said watching the top teams in the state go at it provided an opportunity for his players.

"Hopefully they learned what type of energy you need to play with," White said. "Catholic Memorial is a great example — the never-give-up attitude. Hopefully we can pick up on that."

Second-ranked Catholic Memorial was down by as many as nine points in the first set of its semifinal win over Marquette before rallying to win 27-25. The Crusaders cruised in the second set 25-16.

"That was unbelievable. Our guys never gave up," said Crusaders assistant coach Jamie McCourt, who stepped in for head coach Mike Hanneman during the semifinals and championship match after Hanneman became ill. "That's the only team that's beaten us in a match all year."

Catholic Memorial carried its momentum into the title match, allowing just 20 total points in an easy two-set win over Franklin to secure the championship in the 16-team tournament.
"They put a great field together," McCourt said. "That's what we look for in tournaments. We look for the strong play to make our team get better. Most of the top teams in the state were here."

And that's why White is hopeful that even though his Cardinals — who stand atop the Big Eight Conference standings — struggled on the day, they can go home with something positive.
"We have stretches when we can play with the big boys," White said. "It's just that we're not consistent enough there yet. That's what we need to find in the next month."

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