By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Hornets volleyball team saw their season come to an end with a 25-15, 25-16 loss in the Regional Semi-Finals to Belleville Althoff. The Hornettes defeated Dupo in the Regional Quarterfinals on October 24 in two games to set up a match with Althoff. Althoff went on to win the Regional Championship. The Hornettes ended their season at 14-21.
In the first game against Althoff, the Hornettes were able to keep up with Althoff in the early action. Nashville was able to close within two points, as Althoff led 9-7. Althoff would control the action from then on in Game 1. Althoff would go on a run, as they were able to build a huge lead. The Hornettes could not recover as Althoff took the first game 25-15.
The second game was similar to the first, as the Hornettes stayed close with Althoff early on. With Althoff leading 11-9, the Crusaders would go on another run to extend their lead late in the matchup. Althoff would keep their foot on the gas, closing out the game 25-16.
After the match, Hornettes coach Josh Konkel talked about the game. “We played hard all the way to the end. Just couldn't get the big kill when we needed it.” Konkel went on to say about playing a team like Althoff, “you hope they earn all their points. I thought tonight we had too many hitting errors, we gave them 15 points on our hitting errors. You give a team like that 15 points, and you're going to have a hard time coming back from that.
Konkel said of the season, “we grew, we played better toward the end of the season, came together as a team.”
In the final match of the season, the Hornettes were led by Mackenzie McFeron who had five kills. Janie Holle finished with four kills in her final match, followed by Abby Kempfer with three kills. Bailey Melton and Jenna Harris each had one kill. Kempfer led the team with six digs, followed by McFeron with five, and Abby Wesselmann with four. Kasten and Holle each had three digs, while Abby Grabowski and Harris each added one dig. Kasten led the team with 11 assists in the loss.