Mckenna Wucherer, Brookfield Central look to end special season with state title
BROOKFIELD, Wis. (CBS 58) -- This has been a special senior season for Brookfield Central senior Mckenna Wucherer.
With a three set win over Divine Savior Holy Angels on Saturday Oct. 30, she and the Lancers have an opportunity to do something no team has ever done in school history.
"Having that feeling of wow, we're actually going to the state tournament for the first time in school history. It's just a crazy thing to think about," said Wucherer.
A state championship would look pretty good next to Wucherer's other accomplishments. Wucherer has been committed to Minnesota since before her freshman season and will graduate early in January to begin her college career.
This year, she was named an Under Armour All-American. With the selection, she will get to be one of 24 players around the country playing in a match on Dec. 30 in Orlando.
In the middle of this season, Mckenna suited up for Team USA in the FIVB U18 World Championships.
"She's like 'I got this awesome opportunity.' I said 'you got to go for it,'" said Tiffany Voge, Brookfield Central head coach. "That's an opportunity that will stay with you for a long time."
"Competing in the international game has been a dream of mine for so long. Just being able to show that all the hard work has been paying off," said Wucherer.
Mckenna left Brookfield on Sept. 15. She headed to Anaheim, California to train before she and the team headed to Durango, Mexico. In seven matches, Wucherer led Team USA with 86 kills, which is good for 8th most in the tournament field. For her efforts she was named one of the two best outside hitters and helped Team USA win a bronze medal, 3-1 over Turkey.
But she has an Olympic medal on her mind for the future.
"I have an Olympic flag next to my bed. So I look at it every night. That's one of my goals, so I'm going to keep working 'til I get it," said Wucherer.
Volleyball runs through the Wucherer family. Mckenna's older sisters Abby and Miranda both now play in college at Southern Utah and Northern Kentucky, respectively. They all followed in the footsteps of their late mother Wendy who passed away from breast cancer when Mckenna was three years old.
"I knew she loved the sport and I knew it kinda transferred down to all of us. I knew I wanted to be just like her," said Wucherer. "When she was fighting breast cancer, she fought every day to beat the disease. I know every time I step on the court in my pink shoes, I'm going to fight my hardest, just like she did."
The next fight for the Lancers is for three more wins and a Division 1 state title.
Coach Voge won three championships with Catholic Memorial as an assistant coach from 2014-16 and she sees a similar level of focus in this
"I know we're all super excited. I know we want to get that gold ball," said Wucherer. "We're gonna do everything we can to play as a unit."
Brookfield Central earned the three seed and will face sixth-seeded River Falls at 1 p.m. at the Resch Center in Green Bay Thursday Nov. 4.
Other area schools competing for state titles this weekend:
Girls Volleyball Tournament
Quarterfinals - Thursday, Nov. 4
#3 Brookfield Central vs. #6 River Falls - 1 p.m.
#4 Burlington vs. #5 Kettle Moraine - 7 p.m.
#1 Oconomowoc vs. #8 Oak Creek - 7 p.m.
Semifinals - Friday, Nov. 5
#2 McFarland vs #3 Pewaukee - 2 p.m.
Semifinals - Friday, Nov. 5
#1 Lake Country Lutheran vs. #4 Unity - 11:30 a.m.