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Valmeyer volleyball team makes history

By on November 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Pictured, from left, Valmeyer’s Paige Whipple (front), coach Jenny Kohnz, Andi Inman and assistant coach Karla Bivins, celebrate after the Pirates’ Super Sectional win on Saturday. (Teryn Schaefer photo)

It was all tears on Saturday afternoon in the Valmeyer High School gym. Tears of joy, for the Pirate volleyball team who has advanced to the state tournament for the first time in school history.

“The first person I hugged after we won was Paige (Whipple) of course,” Valmeyer senior volleyball player Andi Inman recapped. “We were both crying and telling each other how much we loved each other.”

Valmeyer coach Jenny Kohnz’s squad defeated St. Elmo, 25-15, 25-23, in a Class 1A Super Sectional nail biter.

The Pirates walked out on their home court taking charge in the first game, beating the Eagles by ten points. But St. Elmo wasn’t ready to go home yet, coming back against Valmeyer in the second game, leaving tension in the air until the game was final.

“I’ll be honest, I was nervous (at the end of the second game) because they had done the same thing against Lebanon. Lebanon beat them the first game and they came back and fought back and won,” Kohnz explained. “But you know what, (my team) didn’t give up. Even when we were up by seven points they were still hitting the floor and making sure every point counts.”

Valmeyer’s Tiffani Brewer goes up for a block in Saturday’s Super Sectional win. Brewer had a career-high nine blocks on the day. (Teryn Schaefer photo)

The Valmeyer seniors were on top of their game in what many described as the loudest the Valmeyer gym has ever been. Paige Whipple led the team with 12 blocks and nine kills, fellow classmate Andi Inman charted a team-high 10 kills, 14 digs and 15 serve receives. While the Pirate underclassmen stepped it up, Tiffani Brewer came out strong right away and had a career-high nine blocks, Miranda Kaufmann had 22 assists and Morgan Redohl had 11 digs.

“I am absolutely speechless,” described Whipple in disbelief. “I couldn’t have asked to play with a better team, this year has been absolutely phenomenal.”

Valmeyer will play in the Class 1A State Semi-Final game on Friday in Normal against the winner of Saturday’s Danville vs. Mt. Pulaski game.

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To check out Valmeyer volleyball photos from the Super Sectional game and this 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.