VIROQUA – The seventh-seeded Blackhawks (19-13) won 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 25-20 and were led by Bryne Swenson’s 13 kills. Freshman Megan Brendel added 12 points to set up a semifinal at Aquinas on Thursday.
Elyse Neprud and Emma Moilien had 16 assists each, and Kami DeLap had 23 digs.
Trixie Koppa anchored Viroqua’s net play with six blocks.
Westby 3, Onalaska Luther 1
WESTBY – The third-seeded Norsemen (24-11) handled the visiting Knights 30-28, 19-25, 25-23, 26-24 to earn a home semifinal against sixth-seeded Abbotsford on Thursday.
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Ali Forun had 10 kills for Westby, which has won four straight and five of its last six. Tricia Klum added 21 assists, Gina Klum 20 digs and Kaylee Kirner three aces.
Isalynn Hagedorn had a match-high 22 kills and added five aces for Luther, while Allie Zittel had 35 assists and Kamryn Anderson eight digs.
CASHTON – The sixth-seeded Eagles won 25-9, 27-25, 25-17 to play at third-seeded Hillsboro on Thursday.
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The second-seeded Blugolds turned a 6-1 deficit into a 25-12 victory in the first set and cruised to victory over the Blackhawks at the Reinhart Athletic Complex.
Junior Addy Foor had a team-high 19 kills as Aquinas improved to 19-10 with a 25-12, 25-15, 25-15 victory that puts it in a tie with sixth-ranked Abbotsford on Saturday.
Abbotsford upset Westby 29-27, 21-25, 25-11, 25-21.
Food also led the team with 12 digs, while Mary Niegelsen tallied a team-high 19 assists to go with Josephine Lawton’s 11. Sophomore Sammy Davis added eight kills and six digs and Tessa Miskowski 9 digs for the Blugolds.
WESTBY – Aquinas rolled in both races. The boys scored 36 points with three of the top four runners, and the girls scored 63 with three of the top nine.
This is the boys team’s sixth consecutive season as a state qualifier, and the girls team’s first since 2020. The boys won the championship in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Senior Jonathan Skemp and junior Declan Gregg won and finished second for the Blugolds in the boys race. Skemp was placed in 16:23.6 and Gregg in 16:40.5.
Senior Joey Hirschboeck (fourth, 16:49.5), sophomore Kaleb Azene (sixth, 17:35.7) also finished among the top 10, and junior Trevor Paulson (23rd,18:50.5) gave Aquinas its final team result.
The boys took on second-place Bangor (92), in what will be their second straight appearance. The Cardinals received scoring from senior Nolan Langrehr (eighth, 17:43.5), juniors Traevon Delaney (16th, 18:33.6), Cian Buchholz (18th, 18:36.3) and Evan Buchholz (28th, 18:59) and Alex 11 . Felch (22nd, 18:46.5).
Brookwood freshman Cooper Powell (ninth, 17:46.8) is a state qualifier.
The Aquinas girls were led by sophomore Alexa Myre (third, 19:56.2) and had freshmen Emily Bagniefski (fifth, 20:23.5) and Hope Hawker (ninth, 21:15.9) in the top 10.
Sophomore Bethany Hale (22nd, 22:10.9) and Helen Onyeabor (24th, 22:13.7) helped round out the Blugolds’ scorecard with both freshmen and sophomores.
The Blugolds defeated Brookwood (95). The Falcons were led by senior Amelia Muellenberg (12th, 21; 30.2) and sophomore Ruby Muehlenkamp (16th, 21:53.2).
Freshman Miranda Arndt (20th, 22:04.8) was also in the top 20, while sophomore Brynn Thurston (21st, 22:08.2) and freshman Maggie Stenerson (26th, 22:21.8) added to the scoring for the state-ready team. for the first time since 2019.
Bangor junior Anna Fronk (third, 19:51.4) and Westby sophomore Elizabeth Curtis (fifth, 20:02) captured two of the top five spots and will run with state qualifiers Aquinas and Brookwood.
Luther Prep High School 18, Westby 21