The Bloomer volleyball team will make its first-ever appearance at state later this week. The biggest strength that helped get them there? In the opinion of Chippewa Herald sports editor Brandon Berg, it's the team's resiliency.
Liz Bohl and Stephanie Phillips nearly advanced to the state volleyball tournament as players for Julie Koehler at Bloomer. But 22 years later the trio led the Blackhawks to the Division 2 state tournament from the bench as a tight knit coaching staff.
The Bloomer volleyball team's underdog approach has carried the Blackhawks to the team's first state tournament appearance. Bloomer faces top-seeded McFarland on Friday at 2 p.m. in Green Bay in the state semifinals.