By Brent Huelsmann
The Hornettes volleyball team put up a valiant effort but fell just shy of advancing in the postseason as they were defeated by Wesclin 21-25, 25-16, 16-25. The loss ended the season for the Hornettes who finished the season with a 21-13 record.
The Hornettes got off to a slow start in the first game as Wesclin took the lead early. The Hornettes fought back in the game but could not get the lead in the game. The Hornettes fell behind by as many as 5 late in the going as Wesclin led 15-20. The Hornettes although close could not take the lead late in the going, getting as close as 21-22. Wesclin was able to close out the game from there winning 21-25.
The Hornettes came back quickly in game 2. Although the game was close, with both teams trading points throught the match, the Hornettes were able to pull away throughout the game. With the game tied at 8, a kill by Mackenzie McFeron spurred a run by the Hornettes aided by the serve of Abby Kempfer that allowed the Hornettes to take a 4 point lead. Nashville would cruise from there going on to win the game 25-16.
The match went to a third and deciding game, in order to see who would move onto to face Althoff. Wesclin came out aggressive in the match jumping out to a 6-1 lead in the match deciding game. The Hornettes could not catch up, only getting as close as 4 the rest of the game. The Warriors went on to win the game 16-25.
Leading the way for the Hornets was McFeron with 12 kilss. Senior Alex Kubiak, was second on the team with 5 kills followed by Janie Holle with 4. The team was led in blocks by Kubiak with 3, and followed by Kempfer with 1. Senior Kayla Wesselman led the team with 6 service points, Wesselman also tied for the team lead with 16 digs in the matchup, with Paige Kasten. Allyson Grabowski led the team in assists with 10 assists in the match followed by Kasten with 9.
After the match coach Josh Konkel had this to say “ the most aggressive team had the upper hand and at the end there, Wesclin was very aggressive on the net. They were definitely taking hard swings and they were controlling the ball abble to do that and thats why I believe they were able to win that game.” Konkel prasied the team for their effort all season “ This team was resilient, they were able to bounce back from some injuries. Players stepped up, players that hadn't played varsity before. Very proud of them, proud of the way they came together as a team.
“The seniors played well all year, they went down fighting. They hit the floor whenever they had to, and they brought the team together at times. So the senior group is gonna be real hard to replace, they were a fun group of girls.” said Coach Konkel after the game.
The Hornettes finished with a record of 21-13 on the year.