Boys Volleyball Returns to State for Sixth Consecutive Year


Senior Libero Dylan Griffith bumps the ball setting up a kill. The Middleton boys volleyball team lost to Kenosha Indian Trail in five sets. This is a poster sponsoring their Wisconsin State tournament game.

Nicholas Ferderer

The Middleton Boys Volleyball team advanced to the state tournament for the sixth year in a row, and the 11th time in MHS history. With the #3 seed at this year’s tournament, and a record of 35-5, they faced the Kenosha Indian Trail, who had a record of 34-3. The team lost in five sets, with losses in the first, fourth and fifth, by scores of 25-22, 26-24, and 15-9 respectively.

Junior Parker Van Buren put up a team-best 22 kills, Senior Eagan Peters-Michaud followed with 16 kills, and Owen Engling had 12 kills for the Cardinals. That wasn’t enough, however, to take down the Kenosha Indian Trail.

Junior Adrian Gonzales recalls, “Our hitting percentages were very low for what we normally play, and I think that if we had done better with that, we would’ve won.”

Kenosha’s Jackson Antos and Nathan Klimisch both had 18 kills to propel the Hawks to a semifinal berth. With a block assist total of nine, Edelmar Rivera tied for the second-most block assists in a five-set Wisconsin State Tournament game. This tournament saw Kenosha Indian Trail advance to their first-ever semifinal match, where they will play Kimberly High School.

With a young squad, the team will look to make another deep run in the playoffs for the 2019-2020 season. They will try to make a seventh straight State tournament appearance and a 12th state appearance. Despite their playoff loss, this was still a successful season, and the team will look to build off of this year to give themselves a better chance next season.