Volleyball teams aiming high

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Pictured at left, Gibault’s Melissa Bernal sends the ball over the net during a recent match at Valmeyer. See more photos of recent volleyball action at republictimes.mycapture.com.

The past week in high school volleyball featured some key wins for local squads in hard-fought matches.

Gibault is now 13-2 on the season. The Hawks got a 25-22, 19-25, 26-24 victory Monday night over perennial volleyball powerhouse Freeburg. Abby Grohmann had 13 kills, Zoe Swip had 15 digs and Ryley Lehmann recorded 23 assists in the win.

The Hawks battled Althoff on Tuesday, winning 25-16, 23-25, 25-21, and hosted Chester for Senior Night on Wednesday, winning in three sets. Gibault made it a clean sweep for the week by winning 25-13, 25-8 at Father McGivney on Thursday.

The Hawks won 25-11, 25-22 at Belleville East last Wednesday. Ella Range led with 10 points and Ande Grohmann had nine kills. 

Last Tuesday, Gibault lost 25-18, 25-16 to a tough Mater Dei squad. 

Valmeyer (6-3) lost in three sets Monday night at Chester. Kierstin Miller was the top scorer from the serving line with 12 points. Tinleigh Jakimauskas contributed five kills and a block. Brooke Maus had 13 digs.

The Pirates hosted Lebanon on Wednesday, winning 25-9, 25-10. Birthday girl Mia McSchooler led the Pirates with 22 points and five kills.

Last Thursday, the Pirates downed rival New Athens, 25-12, 25-16.  

Valmeyer is led in points this season by McSchooler, in kills by Markee Voelker and in blocks by Brooke Miller. 

Columbia (6-4) lost Monday at home to Marquette, 25-21, 24-26, 19-25. Natalie Huy had 14 points and Kate Toenjes had 19 assists for the Eagles. 

Columbia hosted Carlyle on Tuesday, winning in two sets. The Eagles lost 25-19, 25-21 at Breese Central on Thursday and travels to Roxana on Friday. For photos from Tuesday’s match, click here.

Last Thursday, Columbia posted a 25-13, 25-13 victory over Wesclin. Sophie Gill-Kemper recorded 15 points and Toenjes had 18 assists.

Last Tuesday, the Eagles dropped a 25-18, 25-21 match at Freeburg. 

Ava Khoury leads the team in kills with 56.

Waterloo (2-4) is dealing with a COVID situation on the team, resulting in Tuesday’s match vs. Triad and Thursday’s match vs. Jerseyville being postponed. 

The Bulldogs lost 25-20, 25-23 to Mascoutah last Tuesday. Ella Bockhorn had nine points and five kills. 

Last Thursday, Waterloo lost 25-14, 25-19 to unbeaten Highland.

Bockhorn, a junior, is the team leader in points and kills so far this season.

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