The Stewardson Trinity volleyball season came to an abrupt halt last week. With a promising postseason postponed, the Cardinal 8th grade (25-1) finished up at a tournament at Jasper-Geff.
“We played two matches on Thursday night, defeating Cisne and Clay City,” said Trinity coach Tammy Manhart. “Friday was the championship, where we faced Fairfield. Unfortunately, two of our 8th grade starters were sick and unable to compete, Ella Kinkelaar and Halle Moomaw.
“We lost this match. The younger players that filled in did a great job but we just couldn’t pull it out. We lost in two close sets. These were the first two sets we have dropped all year.”
Trinity out-scored their 3 opponents 145 to 103. They out-scored Cisne 50 to 17 and Clay City 50 to 35. Fairfield bested them 51 to 45.
The Cisne match was not close, with a 1st set 13-point win and a 2nd set 18-point win. Clay City challenged in the 1st set losing by just 2 points, but then Clay City faded in the 2nd set, being doubled up and losing by 13.
Fairfield pulled out a 1st set overtime win over Trinity, 26-24, then cashed in with a 4-point win in the second set for Trinity’s only loss of the season.
As a team, the Cardinals served up 33 aces, hit 62 kills and a block for 96 attack points out of 145 (67%). They scooped 76 digs in the 3 matches, dished 60 assists towards 62 kills, getting 96.9% of their kills from the set offense.
Gabby Vonderheide was off the hook for the Cardinals in the tourney. She served 16 points with 6 aces and hit 25 kills for a team-high 31 attack points in the 3 games. She also led the team defense with 21 digs to record a triple-double.
Despite Kinkelaar not playing on Friday, she had a triple-double, serving 8 aces, hitting 13 kills, and rising for the only Cardinal block. She totaled 22 attack points. She and Alaira Friese shared setting duties. Kinkelaar dished 26 assists and Friese 25 of the 60 assist total.
Halle Moomaw served 19 points with 8 aces and 10 kills for 18 attack points, while Addie Wernsing served a team-high 21 points with 6 aces and 10 kills for 16 attack points. Wernsing and Kinley Quast helped lead the defense with 15 and 14 digs, respectively.
“We are still hopeful that the SIJHAA State tourney will be played,” Coach Manhart said. “If our season is over, we can’t let this loss take away from what these girls have accomplished this year. This group of 8th graders have been working so hard for years and their accomplishments demonstrate that.”
Trinity was 17-0 in the fall Lutheran season. They won the LSA State Championship. They were 25-1 this spring. They won the Newton St. Thomas tourney, St. Anthony tourney, Effingham 8th grade Sideout Shootout and finished 2nd in the Jasper-Geff tourney this weekend.
Thursday-Friday Jasper-Geff Tourney
Trinity def. Cisne, 25-12, 25-5; Trinity def. Clay City, 25-23, 25-12; Fairfield def. Trinity, 26-24, 25-21
Trinity stats: Ella Kinkelaar 15 points, 8 aces, 13 kills, 26 assists, 8 digs, 1 block; Alaira Friese 13 points, 3 aces, 2 kills, 25 assists, 6 digs; Gabby Vonderheide 16 points, 6 aces, 25 kills, 21 digs; Addie Wernsing 21 points, 6 aces, 10 kills, 1 assist, 15 digs; Halle Moomaw 19 points, 8 aces, 10 digs, 3 digs; Isabelle Gratz 5 points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 5 digs; Kinley Quast 3 assists, 14 digs; Brenna Musson 1 dig; Brinlie Durbin 2 points, 1 kill, 5 assists, 3 digs.