Xavier Hawks, 2022 Division 2 WIAA state volleyball champions. WIAA photo

APPLETON — It took a fifth trip to the WIAA state tournament, but the Xavier Hawks girls’ volleyball team are now state champions.

Xavier (39-7) came through with a 3-1 victory over Sauk Prairie (47-4) Saturday in the WIAA Division 2 girls volleyball title game at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon.

Xavier won the first two sets, 25-21 and 25-23, but Sauk Prairie came back to win the third 15-25. The Hawks then closed the deal in the fourth, 25-16.

Xavier advanced to the title game with an opening round three-set sweep over Bloomer on Friday.

Xavier came into the tournament as the top seed, making its fifth state appearance and its first since 2009 when the Hawks finished runner-up.

They were also runners-up in 2006.

They swept Tomahawk 25-15, 25-15, 25-13 in the Waupaca Sectional final to earn their return to the tourney field.

They are the champions in the Bay Conference this season.

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By Dan Plutchak

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