Prescott volleyball senior Madison Matzek is one of the main locker room leaders for the Cardinals this season. Head coach Geoffrey Snyder has said that Matzek is the “heart and soul” of the team. If Prescott is going to play a playoff run, Matzek will have to lead the charge. Photo by Reagan Hoverman
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Local volleyball results, playoff bracket released

As the volleyball regular season wrapped up on Thursday, Oct. 14, the WIAA released the 2021 WIAA girls volleyball playoff brackets which feature several teams in Pierce County scattered throughout several different divisions including Prescott, Ellsworth, Spring Valley and Elmwood/Plum City.

The Prescott Cardinals volleyball team finished the season with a 16-16 regular season which included a 3-4 record in Middle Border Conference play. The Cardinals, under the direction of head coach Geoffrey Snyder, spent the 2021 regular season experiencing significant winning streaks and significant losing streaks that contributed to a .500 winning percentage this season.

Prescott finished in a tie for fourth place in the Middle Border Conference standings. Saint Croix Central took home the conference title with a perfect 6-0 record in conference play. As Prescott moves into the playoffs, a significant amount of the team’s success will depend on senior Madison Matzek and sophomore Reese Ptacek. Throughout the year, when Matzek and Ptacek have played well and have converted on set and kill opportunities, the team has had success.

That success will have to be on display in Prescott’s firstround playoff game against Elk Mound. Elk Mound goes into the game with a 17-16 record, including a 6-1 record in Dunn-St. Croix Conference action.

That playoff matchup will be played at Prescott High School on Tuesday, Oct. 19. The match is slated to get underway at 7 p.m.

Ellsworth Panthers

The Ellsworth Panthers volleyball team earned the 12th seed in the Division Two WIAA playoff bracket. The Panthers will play on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. on the road against Osceola. The Osceola Chieftains are another Middle Border Conference opponent that Ellsworth has already seen this season.

On Thursday, Sept. 16, Ellsworth hosted the Osceola Chieftains in their first conference meeting of the season. In that match, Osceola dominated Ellsworth in all three sets and swept Ellsworth off of its home court.

Osceola enters the tournament as a heavy favorite over Ellsworth, as the Chieftains earned the fifth seed in the Division Two playoff bracket. The road playoff game for Ellsworth will begin at 7 p.m. at the Osceola High School.

Spring Valley

The Spring Valley Cardinals finished the regular season with a 12-11 record, including a 5-3 record in Dunn-St. Croix Conference play. The Cardinals’ record earned Spring Valley the ninth seed in the Division Three playoff bracket.

Spring Valley will begin its playoff journey on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. when the Cardinals go on the road to play against the eighth-seeded Luther. Spring Valley and Luther will compete in the first-round action for the chance to play top-seeded Fall Creek on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.

Fall Creek earned the number one seed by compiling an impressive 34-4 record throughout the regular season. Fall Creek finished the season with a 7-0 record in Cloverbelt-West Conference play for the season and will have a home-court advantage through the first several rounds of the playoffs.

If Spring Valley can defeat Luther on Tuesday night, the Cardinals would have their hands full against a loaded Fall Creek squad on the road on Thursday.

Elmwood/Plum City The Elmwood/Plum City Wolves finished the regular season with a 19-13 record under the direction of head coach Amanda Webb. The record included a 5-2 record in Dunn-St. Croix Conference action gave the Wolves sole possession of third place in the conference standings at the end of the season.

Despite having a winning record for the season, the Wolves struggled throughout the last three matches of the regular season. Elmwood/Plum City finished the year with three straight losses coming against Stanley-Boyd, Colfax and Elk Mound. Typically, that would hurt confidence going into the postseason.

However, as the sixth seed, Elmwood/Plum City will get to host its first game of the playoffs. According to the WIAA schedule, the Wolves will host 11th ranked Regis, a team that goes into the playoffs with a 5-18 record, including a 1-6 record in Cloverbelt- West action.

Regis not only struggled throughout the last couple of weeks of the season, but they struggled nearly the entire year. Elmwood/ Plum City has an advantage in the overall record category and will get to play the match on their home floor.

That match between Elmwood/Plum City and Regis is on Tuesday, Oc.t 19. The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m. The winner will face the winner of either Osseo-Fairchild or Melrose-Mindoro.

October 20, 2021