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ASHWAUBENON — Appleton will be well represented at this year’s WIAA state girls volleyball championships Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 2-4, 2023 at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon.

Top seeded Xavier returns to the state tournament as the defending Division 2 champion while Appleton North is the 3-seed in Division 1.

Defending state champion Xavier is making its sixth State appearance. In addition to their State championship, they were also runners-up in 2006 and 2009. This season, they swept Kettle Moraine Lutheran 25-15, 25-16, 25-13 in the Wrightstown Sectional final to earn their opportunity to earn back-to-back titles. They are the champions in the Bay Conference this season.

The Appleton North Lightning will be appearing in their ninth State Tournament overall and essentially their fifth in a row, including the alternate season when they won the championship. They qualify this season after downing Bay Port 25-17, 25-21, 25-19 in the sectional final played at Kimberly. The Lightning finished atop the Fox Valley Association standings this fall.

FULL TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

The finals will be streamed live on the WIAA State Television Network station websites at no cost or registration on WKOW.com, WAOW.com, WXOW.com and WQOW.com. In addition, watch the championship finals live on the 27 News Now, News 9 WAOW , WXOW News 19 La Crosse and WQOW News apps. WATCH LIVE HERE SATURDAY

Division 1 
Quarterfinals – Thursday, Nov. 2 – 1 p.m.

(#2) Oconomowoc vs. (#7) Burlington

(#3) Appleton North vs. (#6) Franklin

Quarterfinals – Thursday, Nov. 2 – 7 p.m.

(#1) Divine Savior Holy Angels vs. (#8) River Falls

(#4) Hamilton vs. (#5) Waunakee

Semifinals – Friday, Nov. 3 – 7:30 p.m.
Championship – Saturday, Nov. 4 – 7:30 p.m.

Division 2
Semifinals – Friday, Nov. 3 – 2 p.m.

(#3) McFarland vs. (#2) Pewaukee

(#1) Xavier vs. (#4) Rice Lake

Championship – Saturday, Nov. 4 – 2:30 p.m.

NEED RESULTS?:  Results of the State Boys and Girls Volleyball Tournaments are available on the WIAA website (www.wiaawi.org) by accessing the boys or girls volleyball tournament page.

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By Dan Plutchak

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