Lady Falcon volleyball team eyes Scenic Bluffs title

Brookwood came up a win shy of sharing the Scenic Bluffs Conference volleyball crown a season ago, but a wealth of returning letter winners should put the Lady Falcons right back in the title race in 2017.
Bangor, Cashton and Royall all posted 11-3 records last year to tie for the conference championship, while Brookwood finished one game back in fourth place with a 10-4 mark in SBC play.
Six Lady Falcon spikers return from that 2016 team, however, including seniors Angel Brueggen, Amy Berg, Lydia Madrigal, Ellen Marriott and Elena Witt and junior Kate Hyatt.
Other members of this year’s varsity team are Madelyn Wang, Alyssa Ottum and Hannah Wotten.
The Lady Falcons are off to a solid start this year, finishing second behind SBC foe Bangor at a seven-team tournament in Boscobel Saturday.
Brookwood won five of six matches at the tourney, but had to settle for second because of a three-set loss to Bangor.
Head coach Jeanine Brieske likes what she’s seen from her team so far.
“We have a lot of experience and I would say overall maturity,” said Brieske. “We work together well and we know each other.”
With six letter winners back for another season, Brieske likes the depth her team brings to the hardwood.
“We have a lot of depth. It seems like every rotation is a good rotation and we’ve been mixing it up pretty well,” she offered.
While depth will drive the Lady Falcons on the court this year, Brieske knows there are some areas where her team needs some work.
“Right now our passing is kind of hit and miss,” she said.
“We switched our serve receive, so passing is what we want to work on right now,” continued Brieske. “We’ll keep on working on our serve receive. Saturday, we got so much better with some people in new positions.”
After finishing just one win out of the conference title chase last season, there’s no secret to Brookwood’s main goal as it enters the 2017 campaign.
“We want to win conference. We don’t want to be one game out this year,” Brieske said.
“We have a really good conference again this year, so we can’t lose focus,” she continued. “Our seniors have a sense of how to pull together and we will focus on conference.”
Like most of her colleagues, Brieske expects another tight race for the conference crown this year.
She believes Bangor, Hillsboro and Royall are the teams to beat this fall, but she also feels her Lady Falcons will be right in the mix.
“I think we’re going to reach for the top again,” Brieske concluded. “I think it’s going to be really close – there could be some ties again.”
Brookwood is back in action Saturday, when it travels Richland Center to compete in a 9 a.m. invitational.
The Lady Falcon spikers kick off their 2017 SBC slate with a 7:30 p.m. road game at Hillsboro on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

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