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Six seniors have final appearance in Trojan uniform

October 25, 2017
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The opening round of the Class 3A volleyball playoffs started with smiles and sassy hair but unfortunately ended with tears. The STC Volleyball team travelled to Benton on Wednesday, October 18 to face the Bobcats. Benton swept the Trojans 3-0 (25-22, 25-19 and 25-20).

The Trojans jumped out to a nice lead in the first set. Grace Jimenez served the Trojans to an 8-1 lead. A net violation sent the ball to Benton's side of the court. The Trojans and Bobcats went back and forth with possessions. The Trojans were able to maintain a 14-8 lead.

Following a timeout the Trojans extended that lead back to eight points at 18-10. Despite the fast start from STC, Benton began to chip away at the Trojans' efforts. This was largely due to errors made on the Trojans side of the court. The Bobcats were able to tie things up at 19 and from there the momentum was in their favor. Benton took the first set 25-22.

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STC senior volleyball players Saylor Upah, Izzie Morgan, Kaylee Klostermann, Sadie Smith, Abbie Parizek and Grace Jimenez were honored during Senior Night on Thursday, October 5.
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"We were really focusing on serving tough. We were trying to get them out of system which is harder for them to execute after that. Then it kind of flipped a little bit where we were hitting it in the net or just not keeping up with their speed of the game," said Coach Amy Dolash.

The next two sets were very similar. There was a lot of back and forth with no team able to get any sort of dominant run going. One thing the Bobcats had going in their favor whether due to talent, luck or a combination of both is they recovered from every near dropped ball. Just when you would think they couldn't get a ball they somehow managed to save it with a one-handed dive out of bounds or dig right in front of the net.

"I'm sure luck, to some extent, plays into every game if you believe in that," said Dolash. "We had a little bit of inconsistency in how things were being called that threw us off a bit. We try to not let the way refs or line judges are calling things impact us but it did, I'll say, when it comes to luck there were things more we felt on their side that was maybe a little questionable. I've got to give them a lot of credit, pulling out some of the saves they did that's a lot of effort."

The night ended in a sweep by the Bobcats with set two closing at 25-19 and set three at 25-20.

The Trojans closed the season 12-21 which is their best record since the 2013 season.

"Tonight's loss, the disappointment part of it is that we are done," said Dolash, "that is the only thing that I have to be disappointed about. The way we performed, the season as a whole, the girls as a whole that's some of what we told them just now. What a good group of girls to coach. They've learned a lot. They've responded very well. They were just very coachable the entire time. I think the improvements that we have had the second half of our season which is our tougher half we've seen so many good things not just with the varsity crew but with all the other girls."

For some of the Trojans it was the end of the season but for six it was the end of their high school career. Seniors Sadie Smith, Grace Jimenez, Saylor Upah, Izzie Morgan, Kaylee Klostermann, and Abbie Parizek have all either been starters or used heavily in the Trojans rotation this season. Coach Amy Dolash couldn't say enough about the six seniors.

"The seniors were just awesome. All good leaders, all good players. They were all in my starting rotation and earned that. A lot of heart with this group of seniors. They've learned a lot. They've matured a lot and above all they always put the team first which is really hard especially if "senioritis" sinks in a little bit but I felt they always put the team first," said Dolash.

Following Wednesday's game the WaMaC All Conference East and West teams were announced Thursday morning. Sadie Smith made 2nd team and Madison Rohach and Katie Campbell earned Honorable Mention.

STC Stats

Sets - Jaelin Berger 3, Katie Campbell 3, Grace Jimenez 3, Kaylee Klostermann 3, Izzie Morgan 3, Abbie Parizek 3, Maddie Rohach 3, Sadie Smith 3, Saylor Upah 3, Katie Riha 1

Kills - Maddie Rohach 10, Sadie Smith 8, Izzie Morgan 6, Jaelin Berger 3, Katie Campbell 2, Grace Jimenez 2, Saylor Upah 1, Kaylee Klostermann 1

Digs - Katie Campbell 16, Grace Jimenez 11, Sadie Smith 11, Kaylee Klostermann 8, Abbie Parizek 5, Maddie Rohach 2, Izzie Morgan 1, Katie Riha 1

Serves - Grace Jimenez 15-15, Katie Campbell 8-8, Maddie Rohach 8-8, Izzie Morgan 7-7, Katie Riha 2-2, Sadie Smith 9-10, Abbie Parizek 9-11



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