Volleyball season ends with regional championship loss
Hammann finishes with 19 wins in first season as head coach
By Jackson Wilson
The Carlinville volleyball Cavaliers had a chance at redemption on Thursday as they traveled to Carlyle to face the host Indians in a highly anticipated regional championship match. Despite picking up a victory in the second set, the Cavaliers were stopped short of a 20-win season for the first time in 30 years. The Indians were crowned regional champions after a hard-fought 25-20, 22-25, 25-15 win.
This was the second championship match between these two teams this season. The Indians straight-set the Cavaliers (25-12, 25-20) in the Carlinville Invitational tournament final on Sep. 29.
Despite the losing effort, Kaitie Hammann was very satisfied about what the Cavaliers were able to accomplish in her first season as the head coach.
“Carlyle is a great team and my girls played their hearts out. We played some of the best volleyball we had played all season, which is all I can ask for as a coach,” she said.
Adriann Welte led a balanced Cavaliers’ attack with three blocks, 10 kills and 23 digs. Lexi Egelhoff led the team in total kills with 11. Sarah DeNeve had 24 assists. Gracie Reels and Jordyn Houseman tied for the service point lead with six apiece. Reels also posted the only two service aces of the evening.
Upon conclusion of the season’s final match, Hammann and the Cavaliers bid one last farewell and a gratitude of thanks to their three seniors – Welte, Egelhoff and Houseman.
“They led a young and inexperienced team all season and they did a tremendous job. They will definitely be missed,” Hammann said.
Carlinville finishes the 2018 season with a record of 19-13.
Sophomore Gracie Reels goes up for a kill against the Carlyle Indians last Thursday night. Photo by Cory Walton.
Members of the Lady Cavalier volleyball team prepare for their regional championship match against the Carlyle Indians. Photo by Cory Walton.