Kenosha Tremper was ranked ninth in the final Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association regular-season poll, knocked off No. 10 Middleton in the state quarterfinals and derailed No. 3 West Bend East in the semis, also in three sets.
The Trojans did even better in the finale, defeating top-ranked Milwaukee Pius XI in four games, all of which ended with 25-23 scores. Tremper won the first two sets and then the clincher after the Popes had threatened to even the contest.
Tremper (34-13) got 27 kills and 26 digs from Abby Padlock, 58 assists from Tricia Tirabassi and 37 digs from Amanda Spaay as the Trojans won their first state crown in their seventh appearance.
The victors also received 17 and 16 kills, respectively, from Mariska VanDenBergh and Rebecca Kelly and double-digit digs from Tirabassi, Mallory Robinson and Lauren Mogensen.
Meanwhile, Caroline Langer topped the Popes (42-6) with 32 kills and added 19 digs. Samantha Minton accumulated 52 assists, while Carmen Terriquez (25), Sabrina Marunowski (23) and Minton (21) led in digs.
Pius had eliminated D.C. Everest and Muskego in four sets each to reach the final.
All it does is win. Third-rated Waupun defeated second-ranked Waukesha Catholic Memorial in straight sets to claim its 11th state championship.
The Warriors (49-5) took home their sixth trophy in eight years after finishing second last year, defeating the Crusaders by 25-19, 25-15, 25-19 scores.
Bridget Nickel registered 15 kills and Brandi Dolgner added 14 for Waupun, which finished with a .340 attack percentage. Dolgner recorded 14 digs, while Michielah Navis had 27 assists.
Memorial (38-12) received 15 kills and 14 digs from Kate Acker in its third trip to state, while Samantha Derynda chipped in 21 assists and 12 digs.
The Warriors had knocked off Rice Lake in three sets in the semifinals, where the Crusaders had beaten Brodhead in three tough games by 25-23, 25-23 and 25-20 counts.
Top-ranked Wisconsin Heights ended 44-2 while handing Grantsburg its first loss after 37 victories, claiming a 25-16, 25-16, 25-18 triumph.
The Vanguards' first crown in three appearances featured 19 kills from Hillary Hughes, a Washburn (Kan.) University recruit, and 11 from Minnesota-Duluth recruit Kalli Lochner.
Heights also received 27 assists from Lauren Radix, who topped three Vanguards in double digits for digs with 15. Hughes and Anna Ruhland added 11 and 10, respectively.
The Pirates, who won the state title in 2001, settled for runner-up status for a fourth time behind 12 kills and 13 digs from Kortney Morrin and 10 assists by Emily Cole.
Heights had disposed of first-time state qualifier Shoreland Lutheran in four sets in the semifinals as Hughes registered 18 digs. Grantsburg also had needed four sets to down Newman Catholic in its opener.
Burlington Catholic Central became the sixth school to win at least three consecutive state championships with a 25-14, 25-16, 25-18 triumph over two-time champion Clayton, ending the Bears' season at 30-3.
The Hilltoppers finished off a 38-4 campaign as Michelle Smith registered 14 kills and 16 digs and Carol Henney recorded 13 kills and four service aces. Keena Schneider wound up with 35 of the team's 42 assists.
Clayton received 11 kills from Sadie Schradle, 21 assists from Annie Grossenbacher and 10 digs apiece from Danielle Reindahl and Shelby Reindahl.
Catholic Memorial had downed Potosi in three sets in the semifinals behind Henney's 22 kills, Schneider's 38 assists and 12 digs. Meanwhile, the Bears had advanced with a four-set victory over Rosholt as Schradle and Clairiann Thompson combined for 31 kills and Grossenbacher and Danielle Reindahl combined 32 digs.