Notes from the Coach: Saints gain valuable experience in tourney, split conference matches

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Saturday, Oct. 19 — Grain Valley Tournament — Grain Valley HS

0-2 (25-19, 25-16) loss to Rock Bridge HS
1-1 (25-18, 24-26) split with Cole Camp HS
2-0 (25-15, 25-21) win over Grandview.
2nd seed in Pool

Bracket Play
0-2 (25-15, 25-18) loss to Platte County HS

Tournament totals
Junior MH Lauryn Bonar – 26 kills, one ace, six blocks.
Junior OH Ina Traavik – 10 kills, eight aces.
Sophomore Libero Carleigh Stockman - eight aces.
Sophomore setter Adrien Martens – 32 assists.
Lange: “Saint Paul played solidly all day long against some quality opponents, a good way to prepare for the final week of the regular season and upcoming district playoffs.”

Tuesday, Oct. 22 — I-70 Conference — Saint Paul Lutheran HS
Sweet Springs 1
Saint Paul 2 (23-25, 25-17, 25-16)

Junior MH Lauryn Bonar - 14 kills.
Junior OH Ina Traavik - 13 kills, two aces, eight digs.
Senior Libero Anna Herl - three aces, 23 digs.
Senior MH Kayla Muehler - six kills.
Junior RH Hanna Utne - four kills.
Lange: “Sweet Springs came out very tough in the first set, playing the ball to tricky places that caught our defense off guard. Once we made some defensive adjustments, we were able to forge ahead, but it remained a close, competitive match.”

Thursday, Oct. 24 — I-70 Conference — Saint Paul Lutheran HS
Concordia 2
Saint Paul 1 (15-25, 25-18, 25-23)

Junior MH Lauryn Bonar - 11 kills, six aces, no serve errors, one block.
Senior MH Kayla Muehler - seven kills.
Senior OH Brooke Lange - seven kills, 13 digs.
Senior Libero Anna Herl - 12 digs.
Senior Setter Katie Wing - 12 assists, 13 digs.
Sophomore DS Carleigh Stockman - two aces, eight digs.
Lange: “A very exciting match, with both teams determined not to let the ball hit the floor. Concordia’s middle hitters really put the pressure on us and were especially tough to stop. Adversity came early for the Saints when Ina Traavik went out with an injury early in the first set. Ina is perhaps the most complete player on the team - a strong hitter, defender and server.
I was pleased by our whole team's positive attitude, especially Carleigh Stockmann, Grace Hartwig and Autumn Muehler who stepped up in Ina's absence and played hard.”
The Saints advance to 15-14-2 (4-3) after the busy week ahead of districts.

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