Stratford advances to the finals, Mosinee and Newman fall in the semis of the WIAA Volleyball State Tournament

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WSAW) -- Mosinee, Newman and Stratford all started WIAA Volleyball State Tournament play.

Newman was the first team on the hardwood for the Friday portion of the tournament. The Cardinals kept every set close, but Catholic Central would sweep Newman 3-0.

"You know, one of four teams left in Division 4," said Newman head coach Betty Lange. "That's something to be very proud of. When you get down here, everybody is just as good as the next team, and we battled and we fought hard, and we made some really good plays, and we competed, and we had people out there that were fighting hard all the time."

Stratford would be the next team to take the floor. The Tigers looked to defend their 43-0 record.

Stratford would take the first set over Living World Lutheran 25-23, but the Timberwolves would steal set two 25-20.

From there, the Tigers would assert their dominance winning the next two sets 25-11 and 25-16, and Stratford would advance to the final to face Lake Country Lutheran Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

"There's still, there's a little bit of shell-shock when you come into this gym and the entire town of Stratford is here cheering us on, and I think we had a little bit of those hesitations in the first two games, and then coming out in those third and fourth games, we really saw the Stratford Tigers." said Stratford head coach Brooke Kafka.

"We understood what happened with Regis last year, and the drive wasn't fully there," said Stratford outside hitter Mazie Nagel. "Those last two games we turned on that switch, and we went full boar on them."

Finally, Mosinee took the court against East Troy looking to reach their first ever final.

The Indians fell in the first set 25-21. East Troy pulled away in the second set 25-13. Mosinee would battle in the third set, but the Trojans would creep past the Indians 26-24 and sweep the match.