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Unlike in the regular season, New Berlin United won't have to share this conference championship.

New Berlin, which finished in a three-way tie for first place in the Woodland, took down both teams with which it tied and did not drop a set to win the conference tournament held Oct. 19 at South Milwaukee High School.

"We used the sports cliche, 'offense wins games, but defense wins championships,' to prepare for this tournament, and it was definitely the case," New Berlin United coach Nick Maske said. "We've had a strong offense all season, but at this tournament, our defense was by far better than it's been all season."

Seeded second, New Berlin opened with a commanding 25-11, 25-14 win over seventh-seeded Greendale in the quarterfinals.

United then avenged its lone conference loss of the season, as it advanced to the championship match with a 26-24, 25-22 win over Pius XI. The Popes won the regular-season meeting between the two teams in five sets.

The third co-champion of the Woodland awaited New Berlin in the finals, as top-seeded Wauwatosa West easily took down Shorewood in the semifinals after a bye in the quarterfinals.

New Berlin grabbed the first set 25-18 and closed out its conference tournament title with a 25-20 win in the second set.

"The team realized that we'd have to play our best volleyball of the season in order to win the conference tournament title," Maske said. "Pius and Tosa West are well-coached and are trained to bring their 'A' game at all times, so to defeat them both in one day really says a lot for our team.

"I also haven't seen the boys as happy this year as I did after the conference tournament. They had the goal of winning conference and the conference tournament, and they accomplished it. Our next goal is to make it back to state."

United received the top seed in its sectional and will have a first-round bye before opening the playoffs against the winner of fourth-seeded Oak Creek and fifth-seeded Racine Park in a sectional semifinal on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at New Berlin Eisenhower.

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