SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
The Stewardson Trinity Cardinals ran the table at the 2013 LSA State Volleyball Tournament last weekend and were crowned LSA State Champions. The team known as "Little Red," with a school enrollment of just 51, also boasted the tournament MVP, Megan Schlechte.
In 2012, Trinity took 2nd place and in 2001 they took 3rd place. Last weekend, they captured their first LSA state title. To get the championship they had to upset two teams that had recently beaten them.
In the semi finals, the Cardinals had to face Christ, Peoria, who recently had taken 3rd place over Trinity at the Christ, Peoria Tournament in early October. Trinity came back from a dismal first set to win in 3, 12-25, 25-15, 25-21.
“Christ has defeated us multiple times in the last several years, so this win was huge for us.” Said Coach Ronda Schlechte. “The girls really had to fight hard for this one! Playing ‘smart’ volleyball does pay off and that is one thing the girls have. It is taught at a young age and they use it against the bigger teams. This actually felt like the ‘Championship Win’ – it was that tough!”
Megan Schlechte led Trinity with 24 kills.
"The digs were spread across the team," Coach Schlechte said. "Everyone was involved with this win."
The championship match was held on Sunday, against Zion, Belleville, who had also beaten Trinity in the Peoria Tournament. The Cardinal’s went 3 sets in another nail-biter match, 25-14, 19-25, 25-18.
Trinity easily took game 1. They were down 5-13 early in game 2, before they started catching some breaks, but it was too late. Trinity led the 3rd game the entire game except for a brief moment, when Zion tied at point 9. The Cardinal’s took off on a roll and Belleville couldn’t catch up.
Schlechte led with 23 kills and 6 aces, while Calla Roney led with 17 digs and Jocelyn Schultz with 32 assists. Once again, the digs were spread out with Schlechte leading with 15, Schultz 7, Anna Schlechte 6, Martina Gratz 10, and Kelsey Beitz 9.