Last month the 2014 University of Wisconsin-Marathon County volleyball team completed the program’s most successful season, posting a 25-2 record and winning the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference (WCC) Championship for the third time in six years. The Huskies also cleaned up when it came to WCC tournament and post-season player recognition.
The Huskies began tournament play by sweeping five pool-play matches without dropping a set. They continued their strong play in the semifinals, defeating UW-Manitowoc 25-11, 25-16. In the Oct. 19 title match, the Huskies took on their fiercest rival, UW-Washington County, beating the Wildcats in a hard-fought match 26-24, 25-21.
Five Huskies made the All-WCC team. Freshman setter Morgan Wirkus, Marathon High School, was named the conference setter and player of the year. She was joined on the first team by middle hitter Hanna Doughty, a Tomahawk High School graduate, and by libero or defensive specialist Kristin Schreier of Edgar High School. Schreier also was named the conference’s defensive player of the year. Outside hitters Kayla Zagrzebski, Mosinee High School, and Jakki Farmer, Medford High School, were second-team selections.
“This team was one of the most balanced group of players that we’ve had,” says Matt Greenberg, the conference’s coach of the year. “Each player saw significant playing time and contributed to the team’s success. Offensively, our balanced attack had a lot to do with our success.”
“This team was successful because we all got along and worked together to achieve our goals,” says Wirkus. “It was an honor to be named player of the year and it is great to be recognized for all of the hard work that I have put in over the years.”
“We’re fortunate to have a lot of strong high school and club volleyball programs in the area,” says Greenberg, who completed his seventh season at UWMC and has compiled a 138-26 record. “I’m hopeful we’ll continue to attract these great student-athletes.”