Notes from the Coach: Lady Saints advance to Class 2 State Tournament

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
The Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints volleyball team poses after punching their ticket to the Class 2 State Tournament, in Cape Girardeau. They will play two games: the semifinal will be held on Friday, Nov. 8, followed by an appearance in either the state championship or the third place game on Saturday, Nov. 9, depending on their semifinal result.
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Class 2 District 15 — Richmond HS — Quarterfinal
(7) Brookfield 0
(2) Saint Paul 2 (25-6, 25-7)

(3) Lexington 0
(2) Saint Paul 2 (25-11, 28-26)

(1) Lawson 0
(2) Saint Paul 2 (25-19, 25-21)

Stats for District Play
Senior MH Kayla Muehler — 13 kills, one block.
Junior RH Hanna Utne — nine kills, three blocks.
Senior RH Hope Muehler — eight kills, one block.
Sophomore OH Grace Hartwig — 10 kills.
Junior MH Lauryn Bonar — 28 kills, five aces, four blocks.
Senior Libero Anna Herl — four aces, 32 digs, 1.97 serve receive average.
Senior Setter Katie Wing — four aces, 26 assists.
Sophomore Setter Adrien Martens — three aces, 24 assists.
Senior OH Brooke Lange — 18 digs, 2.00 serve receive average.
Sophomore DS Carleigh Stockman — two aces, 13 digs, 1.86 serve receive average.

I want to give credit to Lexington. After a rough first set, they made some adjustments, played very hard and almost won the second set.
The match against Lawson was tied when one of their best players went out with an ankle injury, which certainly changed what looked to be a likely three-set match.
I especially want to recognize sophomore Grace Hartwig, who didn’t play like a sophomore, filling in at outside hitter for the injured junior Ina Traavik.

Sectional — Class 2 State Tournament — Van Horn HS
Summit Christian Academy 0
Saint Paul 2 (25-20, 25 -19)

Quarterfinal — Class 2 State Tournament — Van Horn HS
East Buchanan 1
Saint Paul 2 (25-20, 20-25, 25-20)

Total stats for the sectional and quarterfinal rounds:
Senior MH Kayla Muehler — 10 kills, two blocks.
Junior MH Lauryn Bonar — 18 kills, six aces, five blocks.
Junior RH Hanna Utne — nine kills.
Junior OH Ina Traavik — six kills, 1.94 serve receive average.
Senior OH Brooke Lange — five kills, 14 digs.
Senior Libero Anna Herl — four aces, 35 digs.
Sophomore DS Carleigh Stockman — four aces, 12 digs, 2.00 serve receive average.
Junior RH Autumn Muehler — two blocks.
Sophomore Setter Adrien Martens — 20 assists.
Senior Setter Katie Wing — 12 assists.

Comments — Sectional against Summit Christian
Anna Herl got us off to a great start with a few early aces, but we then showed some nerves, struggling from the serve line. Our 10 serve errors for the match helped keep the score a little too close for comfort. Our two middles, Lauryn and Kayla, helped control the court with 14 kills between the two of them, which were set up by solid passing and setting.

Comments — Quarterfinal against East Buchanan
East Buchanan has two hitters with over 250 kills each, so we knew we had to serve tough so their passing would be off-target and try to slow down their attack. Though we made eight serve errors, East Buchanan had more errors than kills on the day, which changed the complexion of the game. Lauryn Bonar was also a big part of that, with a season-high five blocks to go with her nine kills. Hanna Utne hit well from the right side, with seven kills against only two errors. Junior Autumn Muehler provided great support off the bench at right side hitter for her injured cousin senior Hope Muehler during the first set of the day.

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