After losing some standout players to graduation, the Greenfield girls volleyball team had some building to do this season.
The project went well, though, because the Hustlin' Hawks captured the Woodland Conference East Division championship with a 5-0 match record after topping Cudahy and South Milwaukee in three games each last week.
"The girls are really starting to step up, especially with this being a fairly new team," coach Britany Pfeifer said. "We lost a lot of key players last season and have had players step in.
"Our starting libero the last two seasons, Gabby Strasser, moved to the outside and has really stepped up to be one of our key attackers. Taylor Fricker and Ratka Karac have been taking care of our middle attack. Sarah Trapp is our setter and has really taken on a great leadership role on the court."
Greenfield downed South Milwaukee, 25-18, 25-15, 25-11, on Sept. 15 behind 13 kills and 10 digs from Strasser; 28 assists by Trapp; and five blocks from Karac.
The Hawks topped Cudahy, 25-7, 25-9, 25-10, on Sept. 13, with Karac tallying seven kills, Trapp 18 assists and Strasser nine digs.
Pfeifer said her young team is already tournament-tested, thanks to a rugged early schedule.
"Our schedule has a lot of tough tournaments in the beginning, and I do that so the girls play against top teams in the state and we can learn and grow from the experience," she said.
Greenfield began Woodland crossover matches earlier this week and will play Wauwatosa West at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at home. They will then take on West Division champion Greendale at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, on the Panthers' court.
"We still have more improving to do, and I think we will surprise some more people," Pfeifer said.