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Gibault looks to build on last year’s success

By on August 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm

By MARK HODAPP – Sports Editor 

Last year Gibault volleyball coach Heather Ebert predicted her team would have an “awesome” year.

Her bunch didn’t disappoint.

They made the school’s first appearance in the state volleyball tournament, finishing fourth.

On Monday, the second-year coach predicted her team will have another “awesome” year this fall.

This prediction might surprise some so-called volleyball “experts” since Gibault graduated two all-state players in Hannah Wessel and Erin Goldschmidt.

But the Hawks, who open their season on Monday hosting Red Bud, look sharp early.

“I know most people think since we lost six seniors, we are going to have a rebuilding year,” Ebert said.

“But that’s not true.”

Gibault also had a successful junior varsity team a year ago. The Hawks also have a strong incoming freshmem class, including Lauren Goldschmidt, Erin Goldschmidt’s younger sister.

“So, I’m not too worried,” Ebert said.

The coach also doesn’t seem too concerned her team was bumped up to Class 2A by the Illinois High School Association as apart of their ongoing reclassification process.

“I’m ready for girls to do just as good they did last year,” Ebert said.

Last year Dakota defeated Gibault, 25-18, 25-20, in the Class 1A state semifinals at Redbird Arena. Dakota (41-1) went on to win their first-ever state title.

Gibault (32-10) finished fourth.

Ebert said she believes it will be any easy transition moving up to a larger class, noting her team had success playing Class 4A schools last season.

“We also held our own playing Class 2A and 3A schools,” she added.

“And we don’t base our season on who is 1A or 2A.”

But Ebert doesn’t want her players to rest on their laurels.

“Sure, the girls are still talking about last year, but they are also looking for ways to improve,” she said.

Ebert does not believe her bunch feels any added pressure because of last year’s state experience.

“It’s more of a drive,” she said.

“They want it.”

Read more about the Gibault volleyball team and all of the area high school sports teams in next week’s Republic-Times fall sports preview section on Aug. 22.

View the Gibault Volleyball preview video.

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.