To say it was a good week would be an understatement for coach Jay Szatkowski and the New Berlin United boys volleyball team.
The United beat Mukwonago and South Milwaukee to start the week and then won the Shorewood Invitational on Saturday. As a result New Berlin is now the state's fourth-ranked team.
The United placed first in their morning pool play defeating Westosha Central (25-21, 25-17) and Nicolet (25-18, 25-19). The United squad then won the afternoon pool defeating the state's third-ranked team Burlington (25-19, 25-18) and the defending state champs Appleton North (25-19, 21-25, 15-11).
The United team was led by senior setter Mickey Sugar, who dished out 94 assists and five service aces. Senior middle hitter Brett Hansen and sophomore outside hitter Matt Zeske led the offense with 26 kills and 23 kills, respectively. Sophomore libero Stephen Kraninger led a solid defense with 39 digs.
On Oct. 12 the New Berlin United squad will participate in the Whitefish Bay Invite.
United defeated Mukwonago in a home non-conference match on Sept. 30.
The United rolled to a 3-0 victory (25-13, 25-9, 25-18). The team was led by setter Sugar with 27 assists, middles Trent Farrell and Hansen tallied seven kills apiece, opposite John Collins had four service aces and libero Kraninger led the defense with 10 digs.
Then on Oct. 2 the United defeated South Milwaukee in a home conference match at Eisenhower. The United squad won in a sweep (25-9, 25-8, 25-12).
Sugar led the way (28 assists, seven service aces) while Collins led a balanced offense with six kills and Kraninger had seven defensive digs.
Other hitters contributing were Hansen and Farrell with five kills each, outside hitter Greg Lawton with four kills and outside hitter Zeske with four kills.
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