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Valmeyer volleyball takes fourth at State

By on November 10, 2012 at 11:01 am

Valmeyer’s Paige Whipple goes up for a kill against Tri-County in the third place IHSA Class 1A State match on Saturday. (Teryn Schaefer photos)

The Valmeyer volleyball team made history on Saturday, becoming the first Pirate sports team to place at State.

Coach Jenny Kohnz’s Pirates fell to Tri-County, 25-15, 25-21, in Saturday’s Class 1A third place State volleyball match, taking fourth place and ending their season with the most wins in a single season in Valmeyer school history with a record of 28-11.

The jitters seemed to have subsided and the Pirates came out looking more like themselves against the Cougars. Especially in the second game, where senior Pirate Paige Whipple set the team off on the right track starting the game with a powerful kill. She had four kills on the day with Andi Inman leading the team with six. The Pirates were up most of the second game until a kill by the Cougars’ Lizzy Barnard tied the game and Tri-County took control from there.

The Pirates' Tiffani Brewer (7) and Andi Inman (1) go up for a block, while Morgan and McKenzi Redohl look on in Saturday's state match-up against Tri-County. (Teryn Schaefer photo)

The Pirates’ Tiffani Brewer (7) and Andi Inman (1) go up for a block, while Morgan and McKenzi Redohl look on in Saturday’s state match-up against Tri-County.

But the Pirates were all smiles after the match, enjoying the ride and soaking in the history that they made this weekend. Seniors Whipple and Inman had tears of joy, with bitter sweet emotions– ending their high school careers at State.

Sophomore Tiffani Brewer stepped it up once again in the post-season game, charting four kills on the day. Inman led the Pirates with nine digs, while McKenzi and Morgan Redohl had a combined 12 digs. Setter Miranda Kaufmann had 14 assists against the Cougars.

See below for a video of the post-game press conference and check back for a video package of the entire weekend.

To read more on the Pirates’ trip to the state tournament, pick up a copy of this week’s paper.

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.