Volleyball finishes 2nd at state

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WHS ADVANCES TO STATE FINAL

WHS volleyball placed second at the 2A State Volleyball Tournament Saturday, ending the season with a 32-12 record.

The state tournament began pool play on Friday, with the Chargers as the sixth seed. The team went 2-1 for the day, making them the 2nd seed in their pool and qualifying them for Saturday’s bracket play.

The Chargers didn’t go out without a fight Saturday, knocking off the 1st seed in tournament, undefeated St. Mary’s Colgan. The team won the semifinals in two sets, 27-25, 25-22.

“We came together and really played like a team,” junior Alexis Hafenstine said. “We keep each other positive, and didn’t let anyone get in our way.”

The Chargers were set to play Garden Plain, the fifth seed in the tournament, for the championship. The team controlled most of the first set, but lost 27-25. They struggled to find their rhythm in the second set, losing 25-11.

“Going into the tournament we were the sixth seed,” senior Alyssa Lohmeyer said. Lohmeyer received postseason honors of KVA 2018 State All Tournament Team, along with teammate Laurel Barber. “ We were never expected to make it where we did, and I’m proud of my team for that.”

— Abby Oliver, @AbbyOliver27

 

Volleyball enters Sub-State as top seed

Sophomore Maddy Wertzberger and junior Laurel Barber block against Burlingame during the Pink Out night October 11. The Chargers defeated Burlingame and Rock Creek.

Chargers play at 1 p.m. Saturday

Abby Oliver, @AbbyOliver27

Charger volleyball heads into the postseason competition with a 26-10 record, good for the top seed at the Herington Sub-State.

The team capped off its regular season and league play Tuesday, splitting games with Rossville.The Chargers also received a third-place finish in the Mid-East League, with a 5-5 record in league play.

“I’ve been very pleased both with the JV and varsity teams. Both teams have won numerous matches and tournaments, but it’s much more than that. They are ready to get on the court early, and they want to stay late. They ask questions and want to get better on a daily basis. Finally they understand the concept of team on and off the court,” Chargers head coach Tracy Capoun said.

The players also feel confident about going into Sub-State.

“I think if we all work together and stay excited and hyped, then we have a really good chance at winning the tournament and kicking some butt,” sophomore Maddy Wertzberger said. Wertzberger has the third-highest kill percentage on the team and is also leading in the number of aces.

The Chargers are set to play 8-seed Mission Valley (7-26) at 1 p.m. Other teams at the Herington tournament include Herington, Bennington and Northern Heights. Check out the bracket here.

Volleyball is a mental game that builds on momentum. With that being said, that has been our main focus this post season. We also like to push our game a little more with plays designed around a faster offense.,” coach Capoun said.

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