GREEN BAY (WAOW) - The central Wisconsin area is guaranteed a rooting interest in Saturday morning's Division 4 state volleyball championship. Newman and Owen-Withee square off in the semifinals on Friday at 10am.
On first blush, spectators will see a Newman team that carries a less-than-intimidating 23-16 record. However, a closer look shows that only 1 of those 16 losses came against a Division 4 opponent. In fact, 10 came to Division 1 and 2 squads, including a state qualifier in each of those divisions.
The Cardinals will hit the Resch Center floor for the 3rd time in 4 years. They boast 4 players with experience from the 2009 runner-up team.
On the other side of the net, Owen-Withee is making their first ever trip to state.
The Blackhawks racked up a 36-1 record this fall by playing what they've dubbed "Goerlitz ball". O-W coach Al Goerlitz began using an unusual style of play to give his smaller team an advantage and keep opponents on their toes. The Blackhawks don't always adhere to the standard bump-set-spike mentality. They may send that ball across at any time.