The last time the Mosinee Indians girls volleyball team made a trip to the Resch Center in Green Bay was back in 2005.
Friday, they’ll make just their second state tournament appearance ever, after taking down three straight number one seeds to win their sectional.
This year they’ve seen a number of their players reach incredible individual numbers: Hanna Nest with her 1,000th career kill, and Allison Miller with her 1,000th career dig among them.
But what has allowed this team to be successful, they say, is that they play for each other, not for themselves.
“It’s just getting to play together, laying it all out on the court, and then coming back to practice the next day, and knowing what we did wrong, fixing that, and the coming back the next day ready to play,” said senior Abbie Gonzalez.
“I think this team, everyone’s willing to do whatever it takes,” senior Janae Antosch said. “Even if it’s a new position, whether they play or they don’t play. We’re all together, and we all feel like we’re a part of the team.”
Mosinee has had a great fall season as a whole, with their football team making a playoff appearance, and their soccer team falling just one game short of a state championship berth.
And now that school is hoping to watch their volleyball team make history.
“Electric, just kinda the feel around here this fall, and all the things that the different kids have accomplished,” said Head Coach Justin Jacobs.
They’ve played the role of underdog throughout their playoff run, and will have to play it again as they take on top seeded East Troy Friday in Green Bay.
“So we’re just super excited, and we’re gonna put it all out on the court and hope for the best, ” Gonzalez said.
Antosch also feels good about their chances.
“We’re going to play our hearts out, so hopefully we’ll get the win.”
News 9 will have coverage of the Mosinee volleyball team Friday night during Sports Express at 10 p.m.