Germantown - After much hand-wringing over rebuilding much of the lineup and the inconsistency that it brought, the Germantown girls volleyball team wound up right where it belonged this season.
On top of the North Shore Conference with an undisputed league crown, the 16th in school history earned at the tournament held on Oct. 13.
"Not bad, not bad at all," said ageless coach Diane Harrod. "What was really impressive was how steady we were. I was really glad to see that, especially after the way we played Homestead on Tuesday (Oct. 9)."
In that final NSC dual meet of the season, the Warhawks had to hold off a determined Highlanders bunch in five games. If Homestead had won that match, it would have tied Germantown (7-0) for the league dual meet title.
Germantown then came back in the semifinals of the league tournament to beat Homestead by a much easier 25-13, 25-19 score. The Warhawks then knocked off 2011 co-NSC champ Nicolet, 25-15, 25-23, in the final.
The 10th-ranked in state Warhawks earned the third seed in the WIAA Waukesha West sectional and will host 14th-seeded Milwaukee Vincent in a regional semifinal at 5 p.m. Oct. 18.
If they win, they will host the winner of sixth-seeded Arrowhead and 11th-seeded Waukesha South in a regional final Oct. 20. Sectional semifinals will be Oct. 25 at Watertown and the sectional final is slated for Oct. 27 at Waukesha West.
Sixth-ranked in state Menomonee Falls is the sectional's top seed and seventh-ranked Watertown is the second seed.
"I think it's good to play a first-round match, even if it's a fairly easy one," said Harrod.
Harrod said there is a quiet confidence that's come over the team right now.
"The way the kids have been working, they were pretty sure that they could pull it off," she said. "They didn't want to lose a game and they almost did that too."
Germantown advanced to the championship round through pool play. The Warhawks downed Grafton (25-10, 25-14), Milwaukee Lutheran (25-9, 25-17) and Cedarburg (25-21, 21-25, 15-5).
Harrod said the key to the consistency on Oct. 13 was the play of her three passers Megan (Maggie) Johnston, Bethany Laubenheimer and Marisa Moser. Laubenheimer was particularly impressive, said Harrod, as she had struggled against Homestead in the dual, but played much better in the tournament.
As usual, the kills were spread out as Johnston had 31 total kills, Laubenheimer 21, Katlyn Sanfilippo 20 and Beth Kuske 17.
"We wanted to win it all," said Harrod. "It was a good feeling to go out there in the tournament and play to our ability. To play that consistently."