Young Muskego boys volleyball team show promise
Warriors get third at Racine Invitational
Although the Muskego boys volleyball team has only two starters back from last season's WIAA state tournament qualifier, the outlook is positive.
"We have a young team, as a lot of seniors graduated, but we have a lot of talent," head coach Joe Arbinger said. "We just have to get these guys to believe in what we can do and to work together as a team."
The Warriors tied for third place at Saturday's Racine Park Invitational, falling in the semifinals to Burlington in three tough games.
They had earlier beaten highly-rated Wauwatosa East in the quarterfinals after going 5-1 to win their pool.
Their two returning starters, senior Ryan Alvine and junior Matt Pedersen, both played prominent roles in the tournament. Alvine was the lead attacker and Pedersen paced the squad in assists.
"Everybody played well," Arbinger said. "We wanted to work on some stuff at the tournament, and we wanted the kids to play hard. Both things happened.
"We played scrappy volleyball, keeping the points going, extending out and taking advantage of mistakes."
Muskego had beaten Waukesha South 25-16, 25-23, 25-10 in a Classic 8 Conference dual on Sept. 12.
Alvine and Joey Mack each collected 14 kills, and Mack added 15 digs. Pedersen totaled 31 assists and three service aces and Austin Kuchenbecker had two blocks.
The Warriors are looking for their third straight trip to the WIAA Division 1 Tournament, having lost to Marquette in the quarterfinals last season.
They visit Waukesha West at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 19 in another Classic 8 dual.
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