Prescott, Plum City spikers play for regional titles tonightWhat's the one thing Mary Kate Pryor is looking forward to when her Prescott High School volleyball team takes on Grantsburg in the WIAA Division 3 regional tournament finals? "A really big upset." Pryor said. Indeed it will be if Pryor and the Cardinals can take down the state's top-ranked team Saturday in Grantsburg. The match begins at 7 p.m.
What's the one thing Mary Kate Pryor is looking forward to when her Prescott High School volleyball team takes on Grantsburg in the WIAA Division 3 regional tournament finals?
"A really big upset." Pryor said.
Indeed it will be if Pryor and the Cardinals can take down the state's top-ranked team Saturday in Grantsburg. The match begins at 7 p.m.
Prescott won't be the only volleyball team looking for an upset this evening as Plum City will be at Cochrane-Fountain City to take on the top seed in their regional in a Division 4 final.
Grantsburg is 29-1 overall, their only loss coming to No. 9 ranked Cameron in a recent invitational meet. The Pirates have had one of the state's best programs for years and have made it to state the past two seasons where they were state champs in 2009 and runner-ups in 2010.
"For us to win, one thing we have to do we have to forget we are playing Grantsburg," PHS head coach Patti Tulip said. "We can't let their name alone intimidate us."
The Pirates are led in kills by senior middle blocker Carly Larson with 208, junior outside hitter Samantha Schweiger with 236 and senior outside hitter Nicki Ticknor who has recorded 207 kills.
Tulip believes the Cardinals have the make-up of a team who can beat the Pirates, especially with Pryor back in the line-up recovering from an ankle injury. Her kills and blocks helped PHS sweep aside Spring Valley in the semifinals Thursday.
Prescott hopes to count on their fans as well. A fan bus is heading up to Grantsburg tonight and Pryor said they've made a big difference this season. Prescott's spikers have had good and enthusiastic crowds this season.
"Without them I don't think we would have won matches against Ellsworth for example," Pryor said. "They've been really giving us a boost."
Plum City faces a similar situation as Prescott this evening at Cochrane-Fountain City. The Pirates have been in an out of the state rankings this season and are Dairyland Conference champs once again. They also beat PC by a 2-1 score in a quadrangular meet at Durand earlier this season.
Plum City advanced to the finals after edging Alma 3-2 in the semifinals Thursday.
"They're big and quick and we're going to have to dig everything and stay strong at the net to handle them," PC head coach Nanette Murray said. "We did better job of communicating against Alma and we're going have to to even better to beat them on their home floor."
C-FC's top players include senior setter Bethany Schmidt, senior outside hitter Becca Bagniewski and fellow senior outside hitter Katie Willadsen.
The match starts at 7 p.m.