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Platteville volleyball team wins 48-team Summer Slam tournament
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(front, from left) Maddie Carroll, Lexi Budden, Jenna Phillips and Brooke Pagliaro, (back) coach Corky Phillips, Marissa Marino, Faye Bailie, Morgan Stecklein, Allison Woodworth and Claire Tashner.

      WISCONSIN DELLS — The Platteville varsity summer volleyball team went 8–0 over the weekend to win the 48-team varsity division of 2015 Molten Summer Slam volleyball tournament in Wisconsin Dells.

     Summer Slam is the largest pre-season volleyball tournament in the state of Wisconsin. It was held at the state of the art Wisconsin Dells Center and sponsored by Woodside Sports.

     The Hillmen went 3–0 in pool play Friday with wins over Baraboo (tied for 21st place), Adams–Friendship (39th tie) and Beaver Dam (45th tie), then defeated then rallied to defeat eventual 13th-place finisher Germantown, 21–25, 25–16, 15–9, early Saturday morning to earn a spot in the 12-team championship gold bracket.

     Platteville swept Southwestern, 25–22, 25–13 and Brodhead, 25–16, 25–13, to reach the semifinals, then swept Jefferson 25–11, 26–24 to reach the championship match.

     In the finals, Platteville made quick work of Lakeside Lutheran, 25–15, 25–16, to claim the Summer Slam title.

     The varsity division of the tournament featured 48 varsity teams from around the state in Division 1, 2 and 3.

     River Valley, Platteville’s main Southwest Wisconsin Conference rival, went 5–1 and tied for fifth after a quarterfinal gold bracket loss to eventual third-place finisher Watertown.

     Southwestern and Cuba City both finished in a four-way tie for ninth.

     Platteville’s JV team went 1–4 and finished tied for 33rd in the varsity bracket. Prairie du Chien also tied for 33rd.