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Gibault volleyball looks to keep momentum rolling

By on September 12, 2012 at 11:05 am

Gibault’s Courtney Louveau spikes the ball over two O’Fallon defenders Friday. (Kermit Constantine photo)

It’s been said that in order to be the best, one must beat the best.

This statement defines the 2012 campaign for the Gibault  Catholic High School volleyball team as the Hawks are battling against some of the area’s top tier opponents.

Gibault, who finished in fourth place at the Class 1A state playoffs a year ago, is off to a quick 8-2 start.

The strides Gibault made last year contributed to a positive atmosphere surrounding the team and that positive attitude is still intact, even with the loss of seniors Hannah Wessel and Erin Goldschmidt.

On Saturday, Heather Ebert’s bunch finished in second place at the Mascoutah Tournament, finishing the tourney with a 3-1 record.

Just a day earlier, O’Fallon beat Gibault, 25-21, 25-21, in Waterloo. The Hawks gave the Panthers all they could handle.

Missy Kimlinger and Katy Gyore led Gibault with five kills apiece.

Courtney Schutt had four kills and three blocks, while Courtney Louveau had 12 assists in the loss.

Kimlinger said Gibault is starting their season fairly well.

“We have a few new people playing this season,” she said. “There have been a few games where we played a little rough. But we have been able to play through most of these games.”

Kimlinger is adjusting well to her new position as the starting outside hitter/defensive specialist position. Last year, Kimlinger was a setter, playing primarily on the right side.

She says the transition to her new position has gone fairly well.

“We have a number of good setters this year,” she said.

Kimlinger cited Louveau as an example.

“She can place the ball right where you need it,” she said. “She knows how high I can jump, and how fast I can come in. That really helps. I feel like we can really mesh during the games.”

Kimlinger has also worked hard on her vertical jump. She says her highest vertical jump was recorded at 40 inches earlier this year.

Kimlinger is pleased with Gibault’s fast start this fall.

“I knew we were a really good team,” she said. “We have a number of good players. “But I didn’t know how well or how quickly we’d come together.”

Schutt said she is excited about the Hawks’ future.

She said they now need to keep building off their momentum and continue playing strong.

“It’s obviously been working for us,” she said. “We are working really well as a team. We are having fun.”

Mark Hodapp

Sports Editor