It was an unusual season for the New Berlin Eisenhower girls volleyball team in the sense that the Lions had to endure a midseason coaching change, which is certainly an oddity in high school sports.
The Lions were 11-10 in match play when Dave Olson took over for Mike Bunzel. Eisenhower closed the season with an 18-7 mark under Olson to finish with an overall record of 29-17 to go along with a 7-1 record in Woodland Conference play.
"Having taken over this team about halfway through, I look at this season as having two distinct halves," Olson said. "I did not see this team play prior to my taking over as head coach.
"I couldn't have been any more proud of the way this team responded and played. They were very competitive and played with poise and confidence."
Of the seven losses Eisenhower suffered under Olson, four were to teams ranked in the top 13 in the state, including two state semifinalists. The Lions swept New Berlin West to open up the WIAA Division 2 tournament but fell in five sets to Pewaukee in a regional semifinal.
Senior middle Makenzie Mroczenski, who recently signed to play at UW-Milwaukee, earned numerous postseason honors, including Woodland West Co-Player of the Year. She also was named third-team All-State by the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association, first-team All-Woodland and first-team All-Woodland West.
Senior setter Riley Fischer, junior middle Olivia Ciardo were named second-team All-Woodland West, while junior libero Meagan Loewus was honorable mention All-Woodland West.
Mroczenski was the team's most valuable player. Sophomore outside hitter Ellie Farrell earned most improved and Loewus was given the Lion Pride Spirit Award.
"I'm excited to return next season as head varsity coach," Olson said. "Despite graduating five fabulous seniors, all of whom will be missed for their contributions to this year's team, a solid core is returning. I believe next season's team will continue to be competitive as we return five juniors and four sophomores."