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B-E ends season for Hancock volleyball team

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Kendra Schmidgall sends the ball over the net as Courtney Greiner looks on. Photo by Gregg Cunningham4 / 5
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By Kristi Fehr

The Owls traveled to UMM to play their second round playoff match against Brandon-Evansville on Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, this was not the night for the Owls. The Chargers came away with a victory in three games by scores of 18-25, 20-25, 21-25.

The Owls came out tight and flat in the first game. They struggled with their passing and were unable to get any offense going in any of the three games.

"We were having to fight for every point and things were just flowing for the Chargers," coach Kristi Fehr said. "We just couldn't get our passing going and this kept us from getting the ball consistently to our hitters. We just couldn't get any momentum or offense going. We also struggled with our block which didn't help our diggers get into the flow of their defense."

Bree Holleman finished the night with 10 kills, 10 digs, and 13 of 13 serving. Kendra Schmidgall had 9 kills and Aria Walstad had 19 set assists. Ali Reese served 11 of 11 for the night.

Although this was not the way that the Owls wanted the season to end, the girls can look back and be proud of the season that they had, Fehr said.

They accomplished many things this season on both an individual and team level. Hancock finished 20-7-1. Bree surpassed 1,000 digs in her career, ending it with 1,087. Kendra ended the season with a season-record 409 kills.

The Owls achieved first place at the Hancock Invitational and were Pheasant Conferance champs.

"These are just a few of the accomplishments that these girls should be proud of," Fehr said.

"This was a special season, not only because of their success but mainly because of the players. This is a great group of girls and each one had a role in the success for this team."

The Owls graduate two seniors: Lindsie Cunningham and Bree Holleman. Lindsie has played varsity since 10th grade and made a big impact. She always worked hard in practice and was a very good role model for the younger girls, Fehr said.

Bree started since the 8th grade and has been asked to play many different roles and positions. She may not have been a powerhouse hitter but she had great court awareness and was able to find the holes in the defense for a kill. She has also been the most consistent passer for the last five years, Fehr said.

"Both of these girls have been a pleasure to coach and have always been respectful and are truly great people," Fehr said. "Thank you girls, you will be missed!"

The future continues to look bright. Hancock will have six girls back with a considerable amount of varsity experience and all of improved their skills.

Fehr thanked Gregg Cunningham for taking pictures, the Hancock Record, the parents for their meals and support, Jon Cunningham for running scoreboard, Lynn Reese for scorebook, and Dawn Thiel for libero tracker. Thanks also to the Flatens, Steph and Krista, for line judging and Mr. Steege for a job well done. Lastly, thanks to the two assistants, Kirstin Thiel and Bridget Joos, for all of the time and hard work and to the girls for a memorable season.