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Columbia, Valmeyer to play for Sectional Championships

By on October 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

Columbia’s Calli Germain sets the ball in a game earlier this season. (John Spytek photo)

They did it again.

The Columbia and Valmeyer High School volleyball teams are keeping their seasons’ alive. Both winning their respected sectional semifinal games on Tuesday night.

Columbia (34-2), who is honored along with the Eagles football team as the Republic-Times featured school of the week, topped Marion in the Class 3A Sectional Semifinals in Murphysboro, 25-19, 25-19.

Senior Lynsey Wehrenberg, who has made only one service error on 191 serves going into Tuesday night’s game, helped lead her team to an emotional win– one dedicated to her grandmother, Ruth Ann (Block) Roediger, who passed away earlier that day.

The Eagles will take-on Mater Dei on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Murphysboro for the Sectional Championships.

Meanwhile, the Valmeyer Pirates pulled out a close one against Norris City in the Class 1A Sectional Semifinals in Marissa, 25-21, 25-22.

“At this point in post play, we’ll take a win any way we can get it,” Valmeyer volleyball coach Jenny Kohnz wrote to the Republic-Times after her team’s win on Tuesday. “Norris City threw a lot of junk at us. Morgan (Redohl) was on her toes and scrapping balls up right and left.  She played awesome defense and took some of the pressure off of Andi (Inman).”

Valmeyer’s Paige Whipple (left) and Morgan Redohl (right) get ready for a serve in a game earlier this season. (Teryn Schaefer photo)

Several of the Pirates’ underclassmen stepped it up on Tuesday night. Inman has been suffering from shin splints. Therefore, Redohl took control of the back row, charting 22 digs and 15 serve receives on the night. Senior Paige Whipple, who is currently No. 2 on the list of the St. Louis area’s block leaders according to, put up 16 kills and five blocks.

But it was sophomore Sami Sensel who took on the Pirates most valuable roll against Norris City, coming off the bench cold, with the score tied at 22-22, and serving three straight points to win the match.

“Sami has been a great asset as a server and defender all season and she showed the Pirate fans again tonight just what she can do,” said Kohnz.

Valmeyer will take on Goreville at 7 p.m. in Marissa on Thursday night in the Class 1A Sectional Finals game.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.