ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- The Appleton North girls volleyball team knew it would be a challenge taking on River Falls in a state quarterfinal at the Resch Center, but came away with hope for next year.
The Lightning trailed two sets to none but took the Wildcats to the limit in the third set before falling 25-23.
"I love our fight'," North coach Steve Scheuerell said. "One or two plays here or there and we are going to four maybe five (sets). Just really proud of Appleton North girls and love them to death."
For senior Livvie Asare, the experience of getting to state in her final year was well worth the wait.
"To be able to take in the atmosphere and soak in everything the entire time was really cool for us and just supporting each other the whole time was really fun, " said Asare.
The Lightning has reason to be excited next year, returning sophomore Brianna Cantrell who led the Lightning with 10 kills in the match.
"Clearly this was our first time here so now we know now we know what is going to happen next year and here to fight again for next year, " said Cantrell.