Middleton senior outside hitter Cole Sweitzer leads area players as a first-team selection.
Second-seeded McFarland makes a return appearance while Reedsburg earns its first trip to the girls tournament. Both teams are in Division 2.
WIAA BOYS VOLLEYBALL SECTIONAL PLAYOFFS
The Purgolders finished with one win, but Seip graduates from the program with nearly 450 kills after picking up the sport right before high school.
The Cardinals made a move up while continuing to pursue Kaukauna and Milwaukee Marquette in the poll.
Middleton is the only area team listed in the new boys volleyball poll.
The Cardinals remained in the state rankings' top 10. Kaukauna made a leap to the top of the poll.
The Cardinals, ranked fourth in the Wisconsin Boys Volleyball Coaches Association Preseason poll, lost seven seniors through graduation but return their top attacker and senior libero.
Madison School District schools return to the court, while Middleton is expected to lead area teams again this season after its run to the state tournament final during the WIAA's alternate fall season last spring.
Cole Sweitzer. Isaac Seip. Just two of the big names this season that are leading Madison-area teams this season.
The Cardinals are the only area team in the preseason rankings.
Middleton was recognized for boys volleyball and girls team tennis, while McFarland was recipient for boys soccer in Division 2. McFarland and Sun Prairie received honorable-mention recognition in girls volleyball.
Third-seeded Sun Prairie will take on second-seeded Manitowoc and fourth-seeded McFarland will meet top-seeded Appleton North
Sun Prairie and McFarland, both qualifiers in 2019, make the unique spring-season girls tourney; Middleton boys make first state final
Also, New Glarus improves to 2-1 in Capitol Conference play with a victory over Cambridge
Bender and the L-Cats play Wisconsin Dells in a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal Thursday. Plus, Edgewood's Ray Timothy makes a college decision for men's volleyball.
Lundal, a senior captain for the Spartans, plans to attend North Central College in Illinois.
White, who is Middleton's assistant athletic director, wants to give back after many people supported him through his medical process. Donations are scheduled to go to Gilda's Club in Madison.
A list of boys volleyball programs and their decisions on whether to play in the traditional fall or alternative fall season next spring:
A list of area girls tennis programs and their decisions on whether to play in the traditional fall or alternative fall season next spring:
Kleinschmidt replaces Ben White, the Cardinals' longtime, successful coach who stepped down to become Middleton's assistant athletic director.
Due to his new job as assistant athletic director, White no longer will coach the Cardinals.
White, who remains the school's activities director, was named to the new position of assistant athletic director at Middleton. He has been the Cardinals' boys volleyball coach for 19 years.
Van Buren was selected to the VolleyballMag.com’s boys volleyball Fab 50 national list for the class of 2020.
Memorial graduate Peterson replaces Steve Collins, who stepped down after the season.