By Gary Ridderbusch
The 39th annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Girls Volleyball State Championships will take place this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 3-5, at the Resch Center in Green Bay.
The single-elimination tournament features matches with a best-of-five-games, rally-scoring format. Eight teams will play for the State title in Division 1, with four teams still in contention for the State crown in Divisions 2, 3 and 4. Ticket prices for the tourney are $8 per session.
The Division 2 field is of interest for local volleyball fans, as Tomahawk, champions of the Great Northern Conference this season, will be making its third appearance in the State Tournament.
They look to advance to the final for the first time after falling in the semifinals the last two seasons. The Hatchets’ third consecutive berth comes following a three-set sweep over Altoona in the New Richmond Sectional final.
The Hatchets, 37-9 overall, will face Oconto Falls, 45-6, in a Division 2 semifinal at 4 p.m. Friday. The other Division 2 semifinal will have Big Foot, 40-4, playing against Catholic Memorial (44-6). The Division 2 championship match will be at 3 p.m. Friday.
For fans living in northern Wisconsin who that can’t make the trip to Green Bay, the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals of all four divisions of the WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament will be streamed live on the Internet on foxsportswisconsin.com.
Fans also can watch the delayed broadcast of the WIAA State Girls Volleyball Championships on FS Wisconsin. The Division 1 title match will be aired on Nov. 14 at 8:30 p.m. The Division 2 championship match will be aired on Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The Division 3 title match is scheduled to be aired on Nov. 21 at 9:30 p.m. In addition, the Division 4 championship match is scheduled for Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. Check local cable listings for the channel in your area.
The State Girls Volleyball Championships are definitely worth taking in, whether in person at the Resch Center, over the Internet or on delayed television.