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|We Are The Champions! ASA Wins Class S State Volleyball Title|
|Written by School Info|
|Monday, 26 March 2018 07:08|
Nobody said it was going to be easy. And All Saints Academy’s first Class S state volleyball title was anything but a stroll in the park.
Pushed to three games in the quarterfinals and semifinals, ASA showed its moxie by rallying for a pair of nerve-jangling wins to earn a berth in the state title match. There, the Saints capped their remarkable season with another three-game thrill ride, winning 25-22, 20-25, 15-3 over Altamont Lutheran at Herrin High School.
The win capped a record-setting campaign for the 31-0 Saints, who became the first undefeated team in school history and also tied the school record for most wins in a season. That wasn’t the only history cultivated by ASA, which became the first school in state history to win volleyball state championships on three different levels.
ASA won a Class L state title in 1999-2000 and a Class M state championship in 2008-09. The Saints’ latest championship is was by far their most remarkable. Not only did they not lose a match this season, the Saints only dropped three games during their stirring run to the title.
Those games just happened to come in their final three matches of the season. What appeared to come so easy for the Saints during the bulk of the season became turbulence at the state tourney.
ASA’s day started Saturday with a 25-12, 25-9 victory over Jasper-Geff in the first round. Then came the first real adversity ASA faced this season. Facing a scrappy St. Bruno-Pinckneyville squad that let few if any balls drop, ASA extracted a 25-7, 19-25, 15-10 victory in the quarterfinals. It was the first time ASA lost a game all season.
That set the stage for a showdown with fellow Clinton County Conference foe Albers-Damiansville. The Saints were 3-0 against the Cougars this season – including a victory over them in the finals of the conference tournament – but this time, Albers-Damiansville didn’t blink. The Cougars won the first game 25-21 before the Saints rallied, winning 25-15, 15-9 to advance to the title match.
Running on fumes at this point, the Saints had one more gritty effort in them against Altamont Lutheran. Working for every point, ASA was finally able to exhale with its 25-22, 20-25, 15-3 victory in the title match.
Congratulations to head coach Jennifer Jasper, assistant coach Jenna Ratermann and team members Emma Huelskamp, Sophie Hustedde, Emily Johnston, Riley Kleber, Jenna Martin, Tori Mohesky, Meg Poettker, Annalyse Richter and Alivia Lampe for making this a season to remember!
|Last Updated on Monday, 26 March 2018 07:13|