Merrill continued its run in the postseason with a state quarterfinal victory over Muskego in four sets (25-22, 20-25, 25-23, 25-20) at the Resch Center in Green Bay. The Bluejays will play in Friday's state semifinal game against Divine Savior Holy Angels.
Senior outside hitter Casey Steffen led the Bluejays in attack with 17 of the team's 48 kills. Junior outside hitter Katie Zuelsdorff contributed 11 kills. Merrill advanced despite being out-killed and out-blocked by Muskego. The Warriors had 12 total team blocks compared to Merrill's two.
"Even though pretty much everybody out there probably picked Muskego to win, everyone around us knew what we had and were pulling for us," Merrill coach Stephanie Nelson said.
With the win, Merrill continues a 13-match winning streak, having not lost a match since September 15th, when Marshfield defeated Merrill in five sets. The Bluejays have only dropped three sets during the entire postseason.
Merrill is the first Sectional 1 team to advance to the state semifinals for the first time since 2007. The semifinal match is set for 7 p.m.
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