WIAA volleyball: Ships face familiar foe at sectionals

WIAA volleyball: Ships face familiar foe at sectionals

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WIAA volleyball: Ships face familiar foe at sectionals

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The Manitowoc Lincoln volleyball team finds itself in virtually the same position it was a year ago.

In the WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinals as a No. 3 seed facing off with No. 2 West Bend East.

The Suns got the better of last year’s contest, winning 25-18, 25-14, 12-25, 25-12.

However, there are some added twists to the plot of tonight’s match, which is set for 8 p.m. in Neenah. Lincoln is playing for more than a berth in Saturday’s sectional championship. It is competing for a chance to return home to the JFK Fieldhouse with a trip to the state tournament on the line.

Fresh off a pair of sweeps, including a 25-14, 25-17, 25-10 win over No. 6 Slinger in the regional final, the Ships are playing quality volleyball. Head coach Mary Beth Dixon thinks that her team may be hitting its peak at an opportune time.

“When we played Slinger, I think we played our best match,” Dixon said. “I think the excitement that they brought to the gym surprised Slinger. We may have even surprised ourselves. That is what we are going on right now.”

The Suns were ranked No. 5 in Division 1 in the final Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association poll of the regular season. Dixon and her team are aware that they will need to bring their A-game to the Fox Valley in order to emerge victorious.

“As the competition gets better, we’re going to have to step up. We played with (East) last year. We took a game from them,” Dixon said. “I think we can win this match. We have to leave it all out there and they know that.”

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