After reaching the WIAA Division 2 state tournament semifinals in 2016, the Lakeside Lutheran girls volleyball team was determined to return in 2017 to the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon.
The Warriors, with seven seniors, relied on their talent — led by outside hitter Amber Rowoldt — and a foundation based on encouragement and building each other up.
“There’s always going to be someone there to have your back and pick you up in volleyball and in life,” Rowoldt said before Lakeside Lutheran took the court for this season’s state tournament. “No matter what happens, your teammates will be there for you.”
Rowoldt and the Warriors then went out and earned the first title in program history, sweeping Waukesha Catholic Memorial in the Division 2 semifinals and rallying from a two-set deficit for a 19-25, 13-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-10 victory over Luxemburg-Casco in the championship match.
“We all just saw the look in each other’s eyes (that) we weren’t going to give up,” Rowoldt said after the final match.
The 5-foot-11 Rowoldt, who plans to play volleyball next season at NCAA Division II Palm Beach Atlantic in Florida, broke the Division 2 state single-match record with 29 kills in the final, which also gave her a record 48 kills in two state matches.
Rowoldt, the Capitol North Conference player of the year, was selected to the first team of the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association all-state team. Rowoldt’s performance this season led her to be named the Wisconsin State Journal/WisconsinPrepZone.com All-Area girls volleyball player of the year.
Lakeside Lutheran’s Jenny Krauklis was named All-Area coach of the year after leading the Warriors to the Capitol North crown and the Division 2 state title.
“(The championship) match really was a summary of our entire season – of how these girls can get pushed to the limit, and they turn around and fight back and never give up,” Krauklis said. “And that is just really the theme of our whole season.”
Also considered were Waunakee coach Anne Denkert, who led the Warriors to the Division 1 state quarterfinals and their first state appearance since 1993, and Waterloo coach Nicole Bakalars, who led the Pirates to the Division 3 semifinals, where they dropped a five-set decision to eventual champion Hartland Lake Country Lutheran.
Wisconsin State Journal/WisconsinPrepZone.com All-Area girls volleyball team
Amber Rowoldt, sr., outside hitter, Lakeside Lutheran: Rowoldt was a first-team selection on the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association all-state team. She was a first-team pick on the Capitol North all-conference team and was the Capitol North player of the year. Rowoldt, who has signed with NCAA Division II Palm Beach Atlantic, led Lakeside Lutheran to the conference championship and the WIAA Division 2 state title.
Claire Mosher, sr., outside hitter/setter, Waterloo: Mosher was a first-team choice on the all-state team. Mosher, who has signed with Marquette, was a first-team pick on the Capitol South all-conference team and was the Capitol South player of the year. She led Waterloo to the Division 3 state semifinals.
Claire Chaussee, sr., outside hitter, Sun Prairie: Chaussee was a first-team pick on the all-state team. She was a first-team choice on the Big Eight all-conference team and was the Big Eight player of the year. Chaussee, who has signed with the University of Louisville, led Sun Prairie to a Division 1 sectional final.
Kiana Schmitt, jr., middle hitter, Waunakee: Schmitt was a second-team selection on the all-state team. She was a first-team choice on the Badger North all-conference team. Schmitt, a Creighton recruit, led Waunakee to the Division 1 state quarterfinals.
Kaitlyn Gehler, sr., libero, Lakeside Lutheran: Gehler was an honorable-mention pick on the all-state team. She was a first-team pick on the Capitol North all-conference team. Gehler, who has signed with UW-Green Bay, led Lakeside Lutheran to the Division 2 state championship.
Sarah Malone, jr., libero, Waunakee: Malone received honorable-mention recognition on the all-state team. She was a first-team choice on the Badger North all-conference team. Malone led Waunakee to the Division 1 state quarterfinals.
Liz Maastricht, sr., libero, Sun Prairie; McKenna Warnock, jr., outside hitter, Monona Grove; Lily Welti, jr., outside hitter, Middleton; Elise Goetzinger, so., middle hitter, Mount Horeb; Kirstin Tidd, sr., middle hitter, Verona; Ashlyn Oren, sr., outside hitter, Edgerton; Ellie Westrate, sr., setter, Lakeside Lutheran.
Quinn Borchert, sr., Lake Mills; Milla Malik, so., Waunakee; Kaela Kraemer, sr., Wisconsin Heights; Jaida Kroning, sr., Evansville; Jennifer McGinnis, sr., Middleton; Amanda Carlson, jr., Janesville Craig; Brooke Mosher, fr., Waterloo; Bailey Neuberger, jr., Marshall;
Amanda Feder, sr., Watertown; Krista Barman, sr., Wisconsin Heights; Katie Rounds, sr., McFarland; Brooklyn Schyvinck, sr., Reedsburg; Grace Shay, sr., Mount Horeb; Sophie Mink, jr., DeForest; Gaby Shay, sr., Mount Horeb; Lia Kieck, jr., Baraboo;
Lauren McAdow, sr., Lake Mills; Jewel St. Germaine, sr., Watertown Luther Prep; Karlee Adler, sr., Wisconsin Heights; Rachael Heittola, jr., Belleville; Isabelle Schauer, so., Watertown; Chloe Buescher, jr., Milton; Hannah Wirag, jr., Stoughton; Briana Sharkey, sr., Madison Edgewood;
Sheridan Dettmann, jr., Watertown; Sarah Pfeifer, sr., Fort Atkinson; Kendra Lee, sr., Madison Edgewood; Hannah Worley, sr., Verona; Olivia Wolters, sr., Madison Memorial; Taylor Salmon, jr., Janesville Craig; Stella Oruruo, sr., Madison La Follette; Ella Foti, fr., Madison Edgewood; Sophie Quelle, sr., McFarland;
Cassidy Spies, so., Jefferson; Caelan Tourdot, jr., Wisconsin Dells; Jenna Mace, sr., Wisconsin Dells; Ali Hoffman, so., River Valley; Tienna Gruber, so., River Valley; Madison Stumpf, sr., Dodgeville; Kyla Lindsey, jr., Mineral Point; Maren Jensen, sr., Deerfield; Madeline Wenzel, sr., Johnson Creek; Taylor Thompson, sr., Madison Abundant Life/St. Ambrose.