The Ste. Genevieve Dragons (11-1) took part in the Jackson volleyball tournament this past weekend looking to take home the tournament championship. The Dragons, however, weren’t able to get the performances they were looking for, finishing the tournament with a record of 2-3.
Ste. Gen played their first match against the Advance High School Hornets (20-0), a matchup that would prove to be a great prelude to the upcoming postseason. The Dragons were able to keep set one close, but the Hornets took it 25-17 nonetheless. Ste. Gen closed the gap even further in set two, but couldn’t pull out the win, losing 25-20.
Senior Brittney Kreitler and sophomore Dru Koetting kept the Dragons offense alive despite the loss. Kreitler led the team in assists with 14, while Koetting took the team lead in kills with eight.
Now 0-1 in the tournament, the Dragons’ second opponent was the Notre Dame Bulldogs (11-4-1), who had also lost their first match of the tournament. The Dragons started the first set on a much better note than their first game, putting in a dominant 25-14 win. The Bulldogs made the second set a much tighter competition, but the Dragons were still able to keep their opponent contained enough in the end to take a 25-23 win.
Kreitler had another strong game, recording 19 assists, while fellow Senior Marysa Flieg was also vital to the Dragons’ success, recording six kills and two blocks.
The third match of the tournament was another tough one, as they took on the Helias Crusaders (14-1-2). The Crusaders handled the Dragons with ease in the first set, 25-16, and again in the second set 25-18. The Crusaders would go on to win the tournament championship, going 7-0 and beating the Advance Hornets 2-0 in the championship game.
Sophomore Tessa Grass and Flieg led the team in kills with each recording five throughout the game.
Now 1-2, the Dragons had the Poplar Bluff Mules (3-11-3) next on the schedule. The Dragons fared far better against the Mules, controlling the game from the offset taking set one 25-11 and set two 25-13.
Senior Jaden Wehner got her first kill of the tournament against the Mules, putting up three by the end of the game. Senior Maci Reynolds was also impressive, taking a team-high six aces while also grabbing her first assist of the tournament.
The Dragons’ fifth and final game came against the Incarnate World Academy Red Knights (5-4). This game was the Dragons closest contest of the tournament, taking a tough 25-23 loss in the first set. The second set remained close throughout, but the Dragons just ran out of steam, losing 25-20.
Kreitler had arguably her best game of the tournament against the Red Knights, putting up 25 assists, the highest total of any Ste. Genevieve player in the entire tournament. Fleig and Koetting were also strong on the offensive side for the Dragons, with Fleig putting up a team-high eight kills. Koetting was not far behind her with seven.
Despite a strong individual performance, Kreitler expressed her disappointment over the weekend.
“The weekend didn’t end like we would’ve liked, I know for sure we weren’t playing our best ball,” Kreitler said. “We played some great teams right off the bat and our communication and energy was not there.”
With the 2-3 result in the tournament, the Dragons record now stands at 13-4 with just three regular-season games remaining before the start of conference tournaments next week. Their next game is Monday night, where Ste. Genevieve will head across town to take on the Valle Catholic Warriors (20-3-2).