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Crickets ready for shot against top-seeded Tigers in state semifinal

Fall Creek (WQOW) — For the first time in program history, the Fall Creek volleyball team will end their season at the Resch Center in Green Bay at state. The Crickets won their first sectional title on Saturday against Oconto, to advance to the division three state semifinals.

Fall Creek cruised through the regular season in 2019. They won the Cloverbelt-West at 7-0, defeated Columbus Catholic in the crossover championship, and have reached 40 overall wins this season. But even with all the success so far, the Crickets’ mindset has been the same all season, to go 1-0.

“It’s that mindset and that mental component that we went into this season with,” says head coach Matt Prissel. “And addition with the great skill-set they had. If you put a great mental outlook and a great physical team together, you’ve got something special.”

“I think that’s really important to not look ahead, because you get so caught up,” senior right side Camille Wilson says. “But just focusing on each game at a time, is really important.”

“We’ve always been talking about going 1-0. One match at a time, one set at a time, one point at a time,” says senior outside hitter Madisen Johnson. “We never really talked about state, because we were just focused on this game. We were focused on the best team that we were playing is tonight, and we never overlooked any team.”

Next up for Fall Creek, a match with the top-seed in division three Howards Grove. The Tigers are 42-4 overall this season, and have won 49 consecutive sets. And even though the mach-up might look tough on paper, the Crickets are focused on their game.

“We’re an underdog, and we want to show people what we can do,” says sophomore middle blocker Gianna Vollrath. “We just want to play our best.”

“We’ve just got to take care of our side of the net. It doesn’t matter that we got the four seed, and it doesn’t matter that we’re playing the one seed,” Johnson says. “Because every team is going to be great down there. So we’ve just got to go out there and give it our all, and do the best we can and control our side of the net.”

“We’ve been playing really well as a team, so hopefully we’ll just play as a team,” says Wilson. “Especially the fact that we’re ending our season in the Resch Center, that’s really awesome.”

Fall Creek and Howards Grove will take the court at the Resch Center in Green Bay, on Friday at 11:30 a.m.

Collin Talbert

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