- The Tomahawk Girls Volleyball team hopes to make a deep run in the state playoffs this year.
They're ranked #2 in the Division II standings. They also haven't lost a set in the Great Northern Conference since 2012.
The Hatchets have made it to the semifinals four out of the last five years and were state runner ups in 2011.
The Tomahawk community doesn't waste much time developing volleyball players.
"Build it at the base level with our youth program working hard with those kids getting those skills," said Amanda Kriese, the head coach at Tomahawk. "The kids see the winning tradition and want to be a part of that."
Kriese takes advantage of desire by the girls to be a part of the winning tradition. But the team has to put in the work during the summer if they want to find success.
"I have open gyms throughout the summer," Kriese said. "We do strength training that goes on through the summer."
The Hatchets also focus on reaching goals. That gives the players something concrete to use for motivation.
"Every year we make it a goal to be conference champions," Emily Schneider said, a senior on the team. "We have also been kind of known for making it down to state and that's a goal this year for sure."
Once the team tasted success, Kriese says they crave for more.
"Really hungry especially since we had a disappointing end to our season not making it to the state tournament last year," Kriese said. "So they're really hungry for it."
Coach Kriese hopes they don't get too full before the playoffs.
The state playoffs start October 21st and the Hatchets will play in the Regional C of the New Richmond sectional.