Courtesy @KaukaunaGhosts on Twitter

ASHWAUBENON — It was only the second loss of the season for the Kaukauna boys’ volleyball beam, but this one hurt the most.

The top-seeded Ghosts fell 3-0 to five-seed Westosha Central a WIAA semifinal matchup.

In the opening set, the Ghosts trailed 19-12 at one point, but closed within two, before dropping the first set 25-21.

In the second set, the Ghosts battled to within one point twice, but eventually fell 25-20.

The third set went no better for the Ghosts, with Westosha Central pulling away for a 25-19 win and advancing to Staturday’s state title game.

This was Kaukauna’s first appearance at the WIAA state boys’ volleyball tournament since 2017, where they were state runnerups.

The Ghosts also had runner-up finishes in the fall seasons of 1967, 1974, 1976 and 2011.

The Galloping Ghosts are tied with Marquette for the most titles of any existing school program with nine.

Those championships came in 1967­–when the boys season was played in the spring–1969, 1970, 1972, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982 and 2015.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.