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Volleyball season ends for Owls

Ali Reese and Tara Flaten1 / 3
Courtney Greiner and Shae Brown2 / 3
Kendra Schmidgall3 / 3

The Hancock Owl's volleyball season ended last Thursday night in the semi-final match versus the Wheaton Warriors 3-1.

The Warriors came out ready to play and got off to a quick start while the Owls struggled with communication which led to a lot of mistakes on the court and Wheaton winning the set 25-15. Set two saw the Owls get some momentum and offense going and looked like the team we have seen all year playing agressive and smart and winning this set 25-18. Again set three saw the Owls and Warriors struggle with getting any momentum having the score go back and forth most of the set until Wheaton pulled out a 26-24 win. Set four saw the Owls continue to struggle and getting themselves in a deep hole which they were unable to get out of and Wheaton won set four 25-17 and the match.

"This was definately not the way the we wanted to end the season and the way we played was not typical for this team.æ said Coach Kristi Fehr. "We had 35 hitting errors and struggled with our passing and you just cannot make that many mistakes against a good team."

Kendra Schmidgall led the team with 25 kills followed by Courtney Greiner with 11. Shae Brown had 24 set assists and Kendra had 17 digs.

"Even though this was not the way that we wanted the season to end," said Coach Fehr, "these girls have a lot to be proud of. Our overall record ended at 28-2. We were Pheasant Conference Champs for the 3rd straight year. We placed first in the Minnewaska Invite for the second year and the Hancock Invite for the second year, and placed second at the UMM tourney. Season stats and other awards will be given at the banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 16 starting at 6. "

"Even though we did not recieve the blue ribbons for section champs or make our goal to get to state, all of these girls are champions to me." said Coach Fehr "This is a great group of girls that I have been blessed with the opportunity to coach and spend time with. I hope a lot of great lessons were learned for these girls to take into life and be successful in the future. We will lose five great girls. Kendra Schmidgall has started for us since 8th grade. She ended her career with 1,710 kills and also went over 1000 digs for her career ending with 1,033 total. She had amazing talent but never showcased herself above her teammates and is a great girl both on and off the court. Ali Reese has played varsity since ninth grade. She ended her career with 689 digs and was probably one of my most consistent servers I have coached. She played with a lot of heart and had a true love for the game. Shae Brown has played varsity for two years. She stepped into some big shoes this year having to replace Aria in the setting spot and really did a great job. She is a very smart player that was able to find the holes in opponent's defense and know where to set the ball at the right time in the game. She was also a consistent server and hard worker. She ended her career with 784 set assists. Abby Ascheman has played varsity for two years. She always had a smile on her face and worked hard. She ended her career with 97 kills and 22 solo blocks. Tara Flaten started this year at the right side. She was always good at getting teammates and coaches to smile whether she was telling a joke or story. She showed tons of improvement throughout the season and played her best match against Parkers Prairie. She ended her career with 38 kills and 10 solo blocks. These girls will not only be missed for what they did on the court but also as role models off the court as well. It has been a blast coaching this group. I would like to thank the parents, fans, granparents, etc for supporting us this year."