Bloomer (WQOW) — After their thrilling five-set win over Mosinee in Saturday’s sectional final, the Bloomer volleyball team is heading to state for the first time in program history.
The Blackhawks cruised through the Heart O’North conference this season with a perfect 8-0 record, and are 32-7 overall. But they finally got over the sectional final hump, where they’ve lost three times in the last four years. And after receiving the four-seed for division two, Bloomer is ready to take the court at the Resch Center in Green Bay.
“It’s so crazy, it’s insane, and it’s so awesome,” says senior setter Jordan Kilma. “This crew is just so amazing, and I love playing with them. I’ve had so much faith in us all year, and it’s been so awesome.”
“I’m so excited, and there is no words for it,” senior libero Josie Kostner says. “We were always the underdog, and no one had faith in us this year. So it was nice coming out on top like this.”
Next up for the Blackhawks in the state semifinals, a rematch with top-seeded McFarland. The Spartans swept Bloomer earlier this season in the Whitewater tournament, 2-0. But that was all the way back in August, and the Blackhawks are confident in the strides they’ve taken as a team since.
“Having seen them, it’s not like we’re going into the unknown. So I think that gives us some level of comfort,” says head coach Elizabeth Bohl. “I think we’re happy about our match-up, and hoping that we can improve on some of the things that they got us on the first round. And maybe also show them some stuff that they didn’t get to see .”
“We did pretty well against them in Whitewater, and we didn’t lose by much,” says Kilma. “And we’ve definitely improved over the season. I’m sure they have too, but I definitely think we can show them something.”
To promote school spirit, the Bloomer school district is cancelling classes on Friday for the semifinal match. A lot of kids were anticipated to be heading to Green Bay, so the school district decided to cancel classes on Friday to allow students to show support for the team.
“About 40% of our student body of the Middle School and High School was planning on going,” says Superintendent Brian Misfeldt. “And if we can give our students and our community the opportunity to go down and support our volleyball team, we really wanted to do that knowing that it will continue to build a positive culture and climate both in our school and community.”
Bloomer takes on McFarland in the division two state semifinals, at the Resch Center in Green Bay at 2 p.m.