Stars outshine Saints during Senior Night volleyball
Friday night the women’s volleyball took on Maryville University for a GLVC conference match. It was also the night that the senior members were recognized for everything they have done for the program.
The night started off with the recognition of senior members Emily Fox, Ashley King, Annie Nottingham, Rebeka Pruemer, and Megan Vladic. Students, family, and faculty were in attendance for the night’s game. “It’s never easy saying goodbye to the senior class, I am very thankful for their contributions to this program,” said Heach Coach Noelle Rooke.
After senior recognition the game started. The Stars were on a five game losing streak they were looking to put an end to. The first set was a close battle between the Saints and the Stars. The two teams went back and forth keeping the score close. The set ended with the Stars coming out victorious in a 25-21 final score.
The second set was all UIS. The Stars took an early 8-3, lead to start the second set. They increased their lead to 12-6 before going on an 8-5 run to put the set just out of reach for the Saints at 20-11. The Stars went on to finish the second set 25-14. The Stars now had two sets to Maryville’s zero.
The third set was closest set of the night. Neither team was able to get more than a four-point lead. The set came down to wire as both teams fought to win. Unfortunately, the Saints were able to stop the Stars and won the third set 26-24.
The fourth set was full of energy and passion. The teams would tie at 9 points each before the Stars went on a 6-0 run to take the lead at 15-9. However, the Saints stepped up once again and tied the game once again, at 18 points apiece. The Saints went on a 7-3 run to win the set 25-21. Both teams now had two sets each, sending them into the fifth and final set.
The last set of the game remained close until the Stars got on a hot streak. They put the set and the game out of reach for the Saints at 12-6 and ended the set with a final score of 15-9. The Stars won the game on their senior night three sets to Maryville’s two.
Pruemer and Nottingham both played exceptional games leading the Stars’ offense. Nottingham recorded a double-double with 16 kills and 14 digs, and Pruemer had 50 assists for the evening. King led the defense with 22 digs. Junior Sarah Baker had a career high in kills with 19 and junior Kellee Mahaffay also contributed with 14 kills of her own.
After the game Rooke commented on working with this year’s seniors. “ (It’s been) rewarding. I came in and inherited a great group of girls who are very hungry to learn, and I think they are doing what I ask them, they keep playing every day and that’s why it’s so rewarding to have such a great group,” she said.