For seven seasons (2013 to 2019) the name Schlechte has been synonymous with volleyball in Shelby County.

Ronda Schlechte has been the coach for the Stew-Stras Comets and the Windsor/Stew-Stras Co-op Hatchet volleyball programs and sisters Rebecca, Megan, and Anna Schlechte have populated the starting rosters. Now, two of the sisters are netting success in the college ranks.

Rebecca was a junior setter playing for the Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis (IU/PUI) Jaguars. Megan was a freshman hitter for the Lewis University Flyers in Romeoville, IL. Anna Schlechte was a junior defensive specialist for the Windsor/Stew-Stras Hatchets from Stewardson-Strasburg High School.

Ronda Schlechte has coached the Stew-Stras Comets, then Windsor/Stew-Stras Hatchets for 9 years, her 10th season will be this fall. She has a record of 240-110 (68.6%).

She took over the storied Stew-Stras program in 2011 when it was on a down-turn. Since then, Schlechte has taken her teams to the 1A State Tournament 3 times, as State Runner-up (2013), as 3rd place (2016), and as another State Runner-up (2017).

Schlechte had her only losing season, her first season, in 2011 (15-22). She flipped the record the next year to 22-16 and beat Neoga for the regional title, losing the sectional semi to Kansas Tri-County, 25-12, 25-19.

Stew-Stras was 1A State Runner-up in her 3rd season (28-13), when daughter Becca was a freshman setter and future 2-time NJCAA National Runner-up hitter Kendall Knop (Lincoln Land Community College) was a junior.

In 2014, Stew-Stras (22-15) was Sectional Semi-finalist 2014. They beat future co-op partner Windsor for the Regional title, 25-14, 22-25, 25-21. They lost to Danville Schlarman in the sectional semi, 25-12, 25-20. Becca was a sophomore and Knop a senior.

In 2015, Stew-Stras finished as Sectional Semi-finalist (28-10). They were Regional Champ over St. Anthony, 25-17, 25-22, then lost to Cissna Park in the sectional semi, 25-20, 29-27. Becca was the junior setter and daughter Megan a freshman hitter.

In 2016, Stew-Stras finished as State 3rd Place (35-6). They were Regional Champs over Chrisman, 25-9, 25-16, Sectional semi winners over Danville Schlarman, 25-9, 25-14 and Sectional Champs over Farmer City Blue Ridge 25-15, 25-10.

They were Super-sectional champs over Springfield Lutheran, 25-17, 25-20. They lost to Lanark in the State Semi, 25-22, 25-27, 25-18, but defeated Norris City for 3rd place, 25-15, 26-24. Becca was a senior and Megan was a sophomore.

In 2017, Windsor/Stew-Stras Co-op was 1A State Runner-up (34-7). They were Regional Champ over St. Anthony, 25-14, 25-13, Sectional semi winners over Hutsonville, 25-10, 25-13 and Sectional Champ over Louisville, 25-8, 25-16.

WSS was Super-sectional champ over Cobden, 25-18, 25-10. They had a State Semi win over Durand, 27-25, 24-26, 25-19, but lost the State Title to Payson Seymour, 25-12, 27-25. Megan was a junior hitter and daughter Anna a freshman defensive specialist.

In 2018, Windsor/Stew-Stras Co-op was Sectional Finalist (32-7). They were Regional Champ over Okaw Valley, 25-15, 25-13, Sectional Semi winner over Louisville, 25-8, 25-14, and had a Sectional Finalist loss to 2A St. Teresa, 25-13, 25-27, 25-14. Megan was a senior and Anna a sophomore.

In 2019, Windsor/Stew-Stras was Sectional Finalist (25-15). They were Regional champ over Central A&M, 25-10, 25-21, Sectional Semi winner over Cumberland, 25-13, 25-20, then lost the Sectional Final to NTC rival Altamont, 25-16, 25-12. Anna was a junior.

John Curtis can be reached at john.curtis@shelbyvilledailyunion.com

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