On 22 January, the ladies of H2 14-1 IL West entered only their second tournament together at STL Community College Forest Park and went two for two in medals capturing 1st in Silver. For the second week in a row, our serving and fast transition were a huge factor in our success. Unfortunately, a handful of communication and mental errors resulted in a couple costly splits in bracket play which pushed us to the Silver bracket. Going into medal play, the ladies set the goal of coming out with 1st, even though it wasn’t the color of medal we set out for. The girls made quick work of a scrappy Vision team and Rage 14 in two sets, respectively each match. This placed us in a rematch with bracket split Rose 14. By this time, the girls corrected their mental errors and were communicating better than they have before. Monster sets by outside hitter Tori Mohesky and right side Myah Helmkamp combined with a mind-blowing out of system serving clinic by setter Baylee Revermann. Gutsy and superbly coached Rose 14 did everything they could to keep the ball off the court, but just couldn’t overcome the firepower going down in two sets.
As with every moment on the court, learning experiences take place. These ladies are not only taking information from the coaches, but are learning to advise their teammates on the court which is making them better teachers and communicators. These ladies dug deep as a team to pull off some key wins to earn Silver. Team accomplishments for the day were led by outside hitter Tori Mohesky with 24 kills, three digs and a team high tying 13 serving aces. Right side Myah Helmkamp commanded the right side with eight kills on the day, six of which came in the Silver medal match. Middle hitters Riley Kleber and Kenadi Barriger were right on Myah with seven kills each with Riley equaling Tori’s 13 serving aces. Setter Baylee Revermann quarterbacked 51 assists and a remarkable 12 aces. Newly tagged Libero Emily Johnston overcame some first time as sole Libero jitters to bring in 11 digs and DS Lannie Kaercher contributed six digs on the day. This weekend the 14-1 IL West team will meet their biggest test of the season making the trip to Principia College to compete in their first 15’s tournament of the season. Although the group of 15’s is very competitive from all over the metro east and St. Louis area, I’m fully confident these athletes will compete at a high level and come out competing, and hopefully going three for three with a medal! Great job ladies!