West Salem Volleyball continuing identity of dominance in Coulee Conference play

West Salem Volleyball has established an identity of dominance in the Coulee Conference. How do they do it? Well, they don’t lose.

After Thursday’s 3-0 win against Viroqua, make it 52 straight conference wins over five years for the Panthers.

Now the pandemic and the school going virtual for a few weeks has held this year’s team to just three conference games, but their top goal this season has always been to keep that streak going.

And the main reason they think they can do that is because of their strength when games get tight.

“[Last year] we’d kind of dig ourselves into a lot of holes in games, and we’d struggle a lot with bringing ourselves out,” sophomore Jaden Hammes said. “This year, even with the shorter season, we have this connection that I feel is so much stronger.”

“There is a lot of pressure that we don’t lose that streak,” senior Sydney Hammes said, “but I have no doubt that we’ll keep it.”

Sydney led the Panthers with eight kills in the Thursday win over Viroqua.