The Sauk Prairie and Madison Edgewood girls volleyball teams will share the inaugural Badger West Conference title.
Sauk Prairie went unbeaten through regular-season Badger West play and had a leg up entering Saturday’s conference tournament, but Edgewood claimed a 23-25, 25-21, 15-7 win in the championship to force a split of the league crown.
The teams rolled through Saturday, on a collision course for the title match just four days after Sauk Prairie rose to No. 1 in the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association’s Division 2 poll. Edgewood was ranked fourth in the latest rankings, which came out less than a week after Sauk Prairie claimed a 25-21, 14-25, 25-17, 25-13 home win over the Crusaders on Sept. 28.
But Edgewood had Sauk Prairie’s number Saturday, led by Marquette recruit Natalie Ring’s 14 kills and 1.5 blocks. The Crusaders and Eagles each finished with 14-1 records against Badger West opponents.
Now the teams will wait to see if they’ll meet in the postseason. The Division 2 playoffs are scheduled to start Oct. 19 and run through the state championship on Nov. 6 in Green Bay.
Baraboo finishes 5th
Baraboo went 2-2 to finish fifth in the eight-team Badger West Conference tournament.
The Thunderbirds claimed a 25-12, 25-7 win over Monroe and later topped Oregon, 25-15, 25-23, in the fifth-place match. Meanwhile, Baraboo suffered a 31-29, 9-25, 15-11 loss to Mount Horeb and a 25-14, 25-15 loss to Sauk Prairie.