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Valmeyer & Columbia post regional wins

By on October 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Columbia’s Savannah Wittenbrink (left) and Taryn Pena (right) go up for a block earlier in the season. (John Spytek photo)

‘Tis the season for playoffs. This time of year brings tears and cheers.

Win you move on, lose you go home.

For the Columbia and Valmeyer High School volleyball teams it was all cheers on Tuesday night. Unfortunately for Gibault and Red Bud, it was their time to go home.

The Columbia Eagles defeated Mascoutah, 25-21, 25-19, in the Class 3A Murphysboro Regional semi-finals at Mascoutah. The Eagles, who are now 32-2 overall, had an impressive showing with senior standout Savannah Wittenbrink leading the team in kills with 10 and 3 blocks. Her teammate, Megan Huffman led the Eagles with 16 assists followed by Calli Germain who had 14.

Columbia will play Freeburg on Thursday in the Regional finals at Mascoutah. To view the Class 3A playoff bracket, click here.

Meanwhile, the Valmeyer Pirates also advanced to the Regional finals with a, 25-12, 25-12, win over Marissa in the Class 1A Marissa Regional semi-finals in New Athens. Miranda Kaufmann led the Pirates with 10 points and three aces, she also had 18 assists. Paige Whipple and Andi Inman each had 8 kills, while Tiffani Brewer charted 5 blocks on the night.

The win puts Valmeyer at 24-9 overall on the season, setting a school record for number of wins in a single season, according to assistant coach Karla Bivins. The Pirates will play New Athens for the Regional title on Thursday in New Athens. Valmeyer has beaten New Athens 2-0 in both of its meetings this season.

To view the Class 1A playoff bracket, click here.

To read about Gibault and Red Bud’s games, click here.

To view and purchase volleyball photos from the 2012 season, click here.


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.