Girls’ volleyball aims high, Boys’ spikes with a fresh start

The Brookfield Central Girls’ Volleyball team, currently ranked in the top thirty Wisconsin teams, has had a great start to the season. So far, they are ranked 3-0 in conference and 17-3 overall. As Miranda Wucherer (‘18) said, “We have had a strong start to the season after having most of our starting lineup graduate.” Sarah Uczen (‘17) continued the thought, saying, “We are a very strong serving team and I think we all bond really well, making being on the court easy. We could always work on communication a little more along with defense and decision making.”
This year, the girls are working hard to be the first team in Central’s volleyball program to qualify for the state tournament. Despite having a powerful combination of skilled underclassmen, aggressive returning players, and hours of daily training, the team will need to work together in overcoming injuries and adjusting to the loss of five of last year’s graduating seniors. Their goal is to continue playing a controlled game at a highly competitive level. Another goal of the Lancers, which they have already achieved, was to beat the two year defending state champion, Divine Savior Holy Angels (25-10, 23-25, 15-8). Wucherer said, “Beating DSHA has been the turning point in our season by giving us the confidence we need to hopefully earn both a conference and state championship.” Due to the team’s hard work, this goal does not seem too far out of reach for freshman Maddie Weyker (‘20), who said, “We all work well together and support each other through the ups and downs on and off the court.” Throughout her tenure at Central, Weyker hopes to become a contributing factor in carrying the team to places they have never been before, specifically the state tournament in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
As for Central Boys’ Volleyball, after five seniors graduated last year, the team is mainly made up of underclassmen. The sole senior on the team, Michael Elwing (‘17), said, “What makes us different than other schools is the number of players that just started this year. Most other schools have a varsity team where the players have been together since freshman year; at BCHS that is not the case.” Having said that, the young team has worked especially hard at every practice this season in hopes of executing new plays, improving their communication, and working to be a strong force against the competition. Tom Schimmel (‘18) said, “We have a very new team. Many guys this year have never touched a volleyball before tryouts, but all have phenomenal athletic ability. Our goal is to improve as a team and really discover our identity as our season goes on.”
…..Additionally, the young, developmental team would like to show BC that their hard work is beginning to pay off. Matthew Lee (‘18), expressing that the team would appreciate the support of a fan section, said,
…..“I would like to see more students in the bleachers when we have matches. The difference it makes is amazing and it would help a ton.”