Appleton North took home its first state girls volleyball championship on April 17 by sweeping Manitowoc 25-20, 25-21, 25-17 to capture the WIAA alternate fall Division 1 state title at Kaukauna High School.
The Lightning had a balanced attack with four players with at least six kills. Brianna Cantrell totaled 15 kills, while Ella Demetrician had eight, Karissa Fortune had seven and Bella Van Lannen had six. Brooke Bolwerk added 36 assists and 12 digs. Appleton North was in control of most of the match as Manitowoc's only leads were at 3-2 in the first and third sets.
Appleton North finished the shortened season 15-0, dropping only one set for the season. It was the 11th state title in eight different sports since Appleton North opened its doors in 1995.