After being rewarded with the top seed in its WIAA Division 1 sectional, the West Allis Hale girls volleyball team is making the most of it.
The Huskies downed Oak Creek, 25-15, 25-10, 25-17, on Oct. 22 to capture a regional championship, the school's first since the 2011 season.
Hale advances to take on fifth seed Franklin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Racine Park High School. Racine Case meets Greendale in the other semifinal match that evening.
The sectional championship match will be played at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Hale, with the winner going to the state tournament starting Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Resch Center in Green Bay.
The Huskies received the top seed despite finishing just sixth in the Greater Metro Conference because of the strength of the conference and because they beat second seed Greendale in a match this season.
Hale coach Leng Sayaovong was pleased with his team's effort against eighth-seeded Oak Creek.
KellyAnn Sotiros led the way with 29 assists, 19 digs and three service aces. Maddie Lawson collected four blocks and six kills, Taylor Supple four aces, Abby Arena 20 kills and Zoe Burczyk 15 digs.
"Oak Creek came out pretty aggressively and played with a lot of energy and effort in the first set," the coach said. "I thought the players weathered the early storm pretty well, and halfway through the first set, we found our rhythm and took control of the match."
Sayaovong said the victory was a matter of his team taking advantage of its chances.
"We limited our errors and controlled the tempo of the match," he said. "We were finally able to convert on our free-ball opportunities at a consistent rate. If we continue to execute the free-ball opportunities that our serving and defense creates, we believe we can continue the push through the playoffs."