When, where: Friday and Saturday, Wisconsin Lutheran College Rex Center, Milwaukee.
Tickets/parking: Tickets will be available at the door for $8 per session. Parking will be available in the area on a first-come, first-served basis.
On the air/streaming: Quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be streamed live on a subscription basis on the WIAA.tv portal of the NFHS Network.
On the Web: Tournament information, including live statistics, box scores and tournament history, can be found at https://www.wiaawi.org/Sports/BoysVolleyball.aspx
Last year: Waukesha Catholic Memorial rallied from two sets down to defeat Milwaukee Marquette, 17-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-10.
Upper bracket: Milwaukee Marquette (41-4) vs. Racine Horlick (26-10), 12:30 p.m.; Brookfield East (26-11) vs. Muskego (18-12), 3 p.m.
Lower bracket: Kaukauna (27-6) vs. Middleton (33-6), 5:30 p.m.; Germantown (35-7) vs. Wales Kettle Moraine (21-8), 8 p.m.
Upper bracket winners meet, 10 a.m.; lower bracket winners meet, 12:30 p.m.
Semifinal winners meet: 6 p.m.
Coach Ben White’s sixth-ranked Middleton (33-6) cruised through the Big Eight Conference with a 12-0 record and won the conference round-robin tournament as part of a 10-match winning streak heading into their fifth consecutive state appearance. Middleton has lost to state qualifiers Marquette, Germantown, Brookfield East and Kettle Moraine, but beat Kaukauna 2-0 in the Cardinal Invitational. The leaders are senior setter Andrew Lepage (792 assists, 9.2 per set; 31 service aces), senior libero Thomas Robson (445 digs), senior middle hitter Brian Vergenz (233 kills, 58 blocks) and junior outside hitter Eagan Peters-Michaud (272 kills).
Kaukauna (27-6), ranked fifth, won the Fox Valley Association title under coaches Tom Belling and Mitch Bolwerk and is making its 22nd state trip, seeking its state-best 10th title. The Galloping Ghosts have lost to state qualifiers Marquette, Kettle Moraine, Middleton and Germantown. Senior outside hitter Ben Brochtrup leads with 308 kills, senior setter Jacob Klapperich has 781 assists and senior libero Daniel Hiroskey has 277 digs.
Second-ranked Germantown has won 17 of 18 matches heading into state, splitting two matches with Brookfield East and beating Kaukauna and Marquette during that run. Earlier, coach Brian Rushmer’s Warhawks lost twice to Marquette, twice to Muskego and once to Kaukauna. Junior outside hitter Bryce Behrendt has 405 kills and senior setter Anthony Swoboda has 805 assists.
Fourth-ranked Wales Kettle Moraine lost late-season matches to Germantown, Catholic Memorial and Brookfield East after earlier losses to Germantown, Marquette and Brookfield East. Coach Tom Gulak’s Lasers have gotten 313 assists from junior setter Aaron Smet.
Top-ranked Milwaukee Marquette (41-4) is making its 16th consecutive state trip and has won eight championships, the last in 2014. Coach Eric Sullivan’s Hilltoppers lost the regular-season finale to Germantown and fell to Appleton North in midseason; other than that, their other two losses came against Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada, in a tournament in Winnipeg. Six players have more than 100 kills, led by senior outside hitter Will Steinhafel (191). Senior setter Conor Ward has 694 assists and senior libero Ben Foley has 146 assists.
Unranked Racine Horlick (26-10) is in the state field for the first time since 2013. Coach Dana Marcinkus’ Southeast Conference co-champion Rebels have not played any of the seven other state qualifiers this year. Senior outside hitter Kyle Semrad leads with 336 kills, and senior setter Eric Barrientez has 888 assists.
Eighth-ranked Brookfield East (26-11) has won 10 of 11 matches and earned its third state trip in the last five years. Coach Andy Nosbusch’s Spartans finished second to Marquette in the Greater Metro Conference, losing twice to the Hilltoppers. Senior outside hitter Danny Butler has 249 kills and junior setter Andrew Van Ert has 440 assists.
Unranked Muskego took third in the Classic 8 Conference and lost six of its last eight regular-season matches before winning two straight to earn the school’s third state trip. Junior outside hitter Mitch Geiger has 361 kills and junior setter Blake Schultz has 635 assists.