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Tyler Chang and Nick Hartshorn helped lead the way for Marquette University High School as they notched the boy’s volleyball state championship in Green Bay this weekend. Hartshorn had multiple double digit performances in kills, while Chang led the way in digs in the team’s three wins over the weekend.

“We battled through adversity throughout as we were without our best player,” Marquette University High School boy’s volleyball coach Jake Cosson said. “We were up against tough competition all the way through.”

Marquette University High School started off strong in their first match of the state tournament with a dominating first set win before having two close fought sets in the three set win (25-12, 25-20, 25-21). Hartshorn had 11 kills, while Chang had 16 digs in the quarterfinal win.

“Nick (Hartshorn) was thrust into a role that he was very comfortable with as our go-to offensive guy,” Cosson said of Hartshorn’s performance throughout the tournament. “It became a situation where he needed to step up offensively, and he had no problems doing that.”

In the semifinal match, Arrowhead tied the game up winning the second set by two points, and Marquette University responded pulling away in the last two sets to win in four sets (25-19, 24-26, 25-17, 25-19). Marquette University had two players with double digit kills as Hartshorn led the way with 17, while Miles Von Rueden had 11. 

Marquette University High met Westosha Central in the state championship match with both sides tying the first two sets in dominating double digit set wins. Both teams played close, tying the match going into the final set before Marquette edged them out by five to win the title (14-25, 25-12, 19-25, 20-25, 15-10). 

“We talked about making sure we executed the game plan,” Cosson said. “We got away from it in sets one and three. When we executed it and did what we needed to do, things kind of took care of themselves.”

In the championship match, Hartshorn led the way with 15 kills, while Marquette University High School’s Nate Flayter and Tyler Chang both had double digit digs in the win. Dan Tompkins led the way for Westosha Central with 15 kills, while Dakota Veium led the way in digs with 13.

Cosson is proud of his team with it being his first year as head coach and was glad that the team and the school’s administration bought in.

“It means a ton,” Cosson said. “For us to come up on top in year one with all the changes really means a lot.”