The Ste. Genevieve Dragons played hard, but ultimately, the Central (Park Hills) Rebels took home the District Championship. On Wednesday October 28th, the season came to a close for Ste. Gen as they valiantly fought to earn the final victory in the district tournament. It was a sad way close the 2020 Varsity volleyball season, but overall, the Dragons have a lot to be proud of as they finished with a successful 20-6 record. Head Coach Carla Basler commented, “We will continue to focus on defense and blocking as these were major focusing this past year. We will lose outstanding seniors and it is always difficult to replace key team leaders.”
When the two teams clashed a month earlier in the season on 9/29, Ste. Gen took the victory in three straight sets. That seemingly gave the Dragons the edge, but it was the Rebels who rallied and came out on top this time. The first set was a battle that lasted into extra scoring, with Central (Park Hills) edging out Ste. Gen 30-28. The second set was all Dragons, winning handily 25-13. However, sets three and four were taken by the Rebels 25-19 and 25-21, respectively. Abby Moore said she learned a valuable lesson from this game, “Just because you are on top, doesn’t mean you can’t be done in an instant.”
There were plenty of positives from the game though. Moore and Tessa Grass were spectacular at the net. Moore crushed 14 kills while Grass hammered 13. Just behind them were Arie Taylor who had 12 kills, and Dru Koetting who connected with 11. As far as passing, Brittney Kreitler had a stunning performance aiding her team with 54 assists.
Defensively, AJ Prudent had seven blocks, Moore added four, and Grass managed three. Grass enjoyed her season immensely because of her teammates, “From our first practice with each other we all had an unbreakable bond! As the season went on it grew and grew.” Basler is hopeful for next year, “We will get to return several key starters and seeing them step up into potential new roles will be exciting and always lots of hard work and dedication from a group of tremendous young ladies.”
Nice to see some positivity despite the season coming to a close. Taylor said, “The strategy going in was to give it all we’ve got and play with so much heart. Coach prepared us and said that Central was going to come out with a bang and that we needed to be ready. We did our best and that’s all that matters. I will take away so many friendships from this season. This is the first year that our team was so connected. Everyone just clicked and that’s what made it really great because we play together.” Smart money is on Ste. Gen being as competitive next season and coming out with that patented Dragon fire.