|Volleyball: Valle places second
The defending Class 1
champion Valle Catholic Lady Warriors were forced to settle for second
place in the state this year Saturday afternoon, when they lost to
Eminence 25-16, 25-17 in the championship game Saturday at Cape
The Redwings (35-4-2) settled for third place last year in Kansas City
after a tie-breaker allowed Valle Catholic and New Haven to advance to
the title match.
The Lady Warriors (28-6-1) split their Friday contest with Eminence at
one game each, and both schools defeated final-four qualifiers Liberal
and Santa Fe to present an anticipated showdown.
Gretchen Koller had six kills while seniors Dalton and Grass had five
for Valle. Katie Bader had 15 digs and Alexa Kuenzel made nine to lead
the Valle defense. Grass tallied 18 serve receptions and Maria Herzog
added eight assists.
"Sometimes, you can wait for the inevitable mistake, but they just never
came," said coach Nancy Fischer. "They played solid ball all afternoon,
and kept us WAY off our game. 2nd place seems nice, but none of us feel
like we played the way we should have. If we had played up to our total
potential, and lost, then so be it. That may have not been the case."
"I'm just in a sad mode right now." senior Alli Dalton said. "It's just
so hard to look at Nat (senior Natalie Grass), and all the other girls
and feel real good right now. We will, eventually, but it's just so
The Lady Warriors finish their season at 28-6-1. Fischer, who is well on
her way to 600 career wins, has now been to the state tournament three
times since 2003. After a championship in 1989, she has another
championship (last year), a 3rd place finish (2003), and the 2nd place