The Ste. Genevieve Dragons made it all the way to the district title game. Unfortunately, the Dragons were unable to come away with the title, taking a heartbreaking loss in four sets to the Park Hills Central Rebels. The Dragons still had a shining season. They went 20-6, including an 8-2 record against district opponents. They also won the Conference Tournament Championship. This loss put an end to the season, and also to the high school careers of four seniors. These seniors left behind great teammates and some great times.
Number 26 Marysa Fleig was one of those four seniors that were a key cog in the success of the Dragons. Fleig played the Middle Hitter position for the team. She was third on the team with 158 kills. She had 18 serving points and three aces. She was also second on the team in total blocks, with 40 of them. One of those blocks was a solo and the other 39 were assisted blocks. She also had nine assists and 44 serving receptions.
Q: How did you get started in Volleyball?
A: I started playing volleyball around the age of 7 or 8. My mom loved the sport. When I was little I was always outside doing something. One time my mom brought a volleyball home and she taught my brother and me the game. We would play together whenever we could.
Q: Who have been your biggest influences in volleyball, either directly or indirectly?
A: I have a lot of influences. The biggest one is my mom (Julie Flieg) because she always pushed me to be the best I can be. Right next to my mom would have to be Ann Reynolds. She has coached me since I started and she is like a second mom to me. Another one would be Nicki Reed because she also coached me for a few years and she knows my potential and she loves the sport.
Q: What is one moment in your volleyball career that stands out to you the most?
A: I would say the moment that stands out the most is winning districts last year because it was our fourth year in a row.
Q: When volleyball is over for your career, what do you think we’ll see you doing with your life?
A; When my volleyball career is over, I will most likely be playing a sport at some college. I’m not sure what I want to do yet when I’m older. I hope I eventually get to take over my dad’s business.
Q: What schools are you considering and do you plan to continue your volleyball career in college?
A: I am pretty open to schools right now but I wouldn’t like to be far from home. If I would continue my volleyball career, it would have to be a very good coach that is fun to be with and a fun group of girls.
Q: To all of the little ones that have dreams to do what you’re doing, what’s the best advice that you could give them?
A: The best advice to give to the little ones would be to follow your dream and stick with it. Never give up on something you love or something you are passionate about. Work hard and be strong, and most importantly have fun.