Hornets survive and advance in regionals against conference foe
By Jacob Heid
ROSHOLT — Rosholt entered the WIAA volleyball playoffs with a chip on its shoulder. The Hornets were a seven seed, getting a home regional match against Port Edwards on Oct 18. The co-CWC South champions won the match in four sets, 16-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-18.
After a conference-clinching victory over Tri-County on Oct 11, head coach Makynna Lesinski talked about her team heading into the playoffs.
“We got the seven seed, so we are going to upset a lot of people once playoffs start coming around,” she said. “A lot of people are going to overlook us. I think that will be a big issue for them if they do because my girls are ready to fight.”
The Hornets may have started flat in the first set, but the leadership played a part in getting back on track. Junior Sarah Trzinski had a season-high 25 kills on 30 attempts. The team kept feeding her, and she delivered. Freshman Addi Gagas followed with 12 kills. Senior Lexi Lemanczyk added five kills to the mix as well. Rosholt put its game on cruise control after losing the first set. The Hornets won three straight matches to close the match, advancing to the regional semifinals.
The conference champions travel to Athens on Thursday to take on the two-seeded Bluejays at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the regional finals game.