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Trojans succumb to season ending loss to Williamsburg

October 26, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

To say it was a hard fought battle was an understatement. The South Tama Trojans (12-30) ended their season after falling to Williamsburg at Williamsburg on Wednesday, October 17.

The two teams met earlier this season in a game that the Raiders handily won in three sets.

Wednesday the Trojans came out ready to fight to extend their season. The opening set seemed to somewhat surprise the Raiders as STC dominated for a 25-18 win.

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Mackenzie Beyer (12), Ashlynn Ellenbecker (white top), Madison Rohach (2), Jaelin Berger (4) and Katie Campbell (13) celebrate following a point earned on Wednesday, October 17. The Trojans played Williamsburg in Regionals.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

"I'm assuming we did (surprise) them. Especially after the first game against them in the conference. We really struggled passing (that night). We really came out and did a phenomenal job passing (tonight). It makes a huge difference when one team is making the errors verses the other team forcing them to make the errors. They made a lot in that first game. They were hitting out of bounds and serving errors left and right for those girls. It was a bit of a shock for them and I know we got them frustrated which was a great feeling for us," said coach Amy Dolash.

Williamsburg came back in the second and third sets winning 25-19 and 25-23. There were 10 ties in the third set so that shows just how much both teams were fighting for that win.

To keep the night going the Trojans knew they would have to get that fourth set and they did 25-19. Dolash brought some fresh faces to the lineup, senior Azra Papakee and sophomore Morgan Woosley

"We were just trying something different. The second game we had more hitting errors so we were trying someone different to see if we could get some production and a lot of times that's all that is, switching it up. Maybe it's not the right matchup or maybe that person is just off that night so we try to make a little switch with Morgan and then Azra coming in for Madison is something we have been doing the last couple of games. Madison plays all the way around so we really need her in the front row and fresh. Azra has been going in for her giving her a break. She's one that has really come together at the end of the season too. She takes a little feed back as in that first game I told her to stay deep and she did and she started picking up things left and right. It's nice to have someone who can go in and give them a break," said Dolash.

Emotions were high on both sides entering that final fifth set. There were seven ties in that fifth set and the score never leaned more than two points in either direction. Ultimately it went to Williamsburg by just two points 15-13.

It was a tough loss for the Trojans, especially for the eight seniors Madison Rohach, Stacey Slaven, Jaelin Berger, Cora Van De Walle, Abbie Morgan, Mackenzie Beyer, Katie Campbell and Azra Papakee as it was their last night to don an STC volleyball jersey. But for these seniors they went out playing some of the best volleyball they had played all season and it was surely something to be proud of.

"The girls did everything we asked of them. Sometimes it just doesn't go your way at the end of the day. We are so proud because they came through with everything we asked them to and what we knew they were capable of. Their defense was just lights out. They were passing really great, running things that they haven't run all year long. To see it really come together at the end of the season like this is exactly what you want. We are just bubbling with pride," said Dolash.



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