Volleyball season closes
By Chad DeRousselle
All sports seasons begin with high hopes, and other than the eventual state champions, they all end with an emotional loss.
The DeQuincy High School volleyball players completed that journey last Thursday in our 7th 3A Bi-District match. Ending our regular season with a 16-14 record ranked us #21 and sent us off to face #12 Berwick. They proved to be a solid team and an opponent we could not hide our unforced errors from.
After playing hard the final result was 13-25, 14-25, 17-25 and done for 2014.
Our two seniors, Darci Bonin and Haleigh Lorenz, had great performances for their last outing each getting four Kills. Ashlyn Smart also had a very good night as a sophomore outside hitter knocking down five kills. We ended the season with 25 players, the largest high school team we have had. It is my hope that 23 of those will return next season.
The good people of Berwick cooked a jambalaya, garlic bread, and homemade cookies for our players, even providing the plates and utensils to take with us on our return trip.
Several records were broken through the efforts of this season. Haleigh Lorenz collected many of those: career sets 3,090, career assists 1,046, career serves 1,226, career points 706, senior sets 891, and senior assists 281. Lindsay Blanks was great on defense for a second year in a row.
My last coaching duty I have for this year’s team is attending the district meeting in two weeks and fighting for all district recognition for this great group of young ladies.