When the New Richmond volleyball team played at the UW-Stout Sprawl on Aug. 23-24, the Tigers had as wide a varied level of success as any team in the huge tournament.
When the Tigers played well, they showed they could compete with any team in the area. But that wasn't always the case. And when the Tigers weren't at the top of their game, they weren't near the top of it.
The Tigers opened the tournament against WIAA Division 4 state champion Clayton. The Tigers were sharp, putting in an excellent showing in a 25-22, 25-20 loss to the Bears. The Tigers followed that with a fiercely fought three-set win over Rice Lake.
After those two dandy efforts, Tiger coach Al Getschel said the team's performance went flat in losses against Stevens Point and Elk Mound, ending the opening day with a 1-3 record.
Saturday didn't start any better as the Tigers got thumped by D.C. Everest. That's when Getschel said he put in his "angry eyes."
The message was received. The Tigers finished the day with three-set wins over Lakeland and Menomonie, in which the Tigers came back after losing the opening set in both. Getschel sounded proud of how the Tigers adjusted after the opening set against Menomonie, adjusting to take away the middle hit that carried the Mustangs through the opening set.
After a week off, the Tigers have a week filled with road trips this week. They play in quad meets at Durand on Tuesday and Elk Mound Thursday. They will play in the annual Grantsburg tournament on Saturday.