Bearcats bow out to No. 7 Tripoli

North Butler libero Brooke Trees goes down to a knee to dig out a Tripoli serve during the Bearcats regional volleyball match on Monday, Oct. 23. (Kristi Nixon photo)

TRIPOLI -- It would be easy to be intimidated by all the state volleyball banners and the packed trophy case outside the Tripoli gymnasium.
North Butler showed no signs of that, but it still couldn't avoid the fate of a 3-0 sweep at the Panthers' place in the Class 1A Region 5 quarterfinal on Monday, Oct. 23.
Tripoli, ranked seventh in Class 1A, was given a battle in the first and third sets, but emerged with a 25-21, 25-12, 25-19 win to advance to today's (Thursday) semifinal against North Iowa, which swept Rockford on Monday.
"Our game plan this past week was to understand they are a great team," North Butler senior Nicole Heeren said...
The full story appears in the Oct. 26 print edition of the Butler County Tribune-Journal.