Tigers wrap up great season
The Morris Area/ Chokio-Alberta Tiger volleyball team ended their season in the section final match against Marshall. Marshall went on to win the class 2A state title, easily winning all of their matches in three sets.
The Tigers season record was 19-6, with all of their losses coming from teams that were all playing in the section final match to go to state, except for Melrose, who made it to the semifinals.
“We had our ups and downs throughout the season, much like all teams, but the thing that made me the most proud of these girls was how they came together as a team when it mattered in playoffs.” Head Coach, Kristi Fehr, said.
The Tigers regular season record ended at 16-5, giving them the third seed in playoffs. The girls practiced hard for a week to prepare and coach Fehr saw a change in attitude and desire that Fehr mentioned was sometimes missing during the regular season. The team motto became “Out-play,
Out-smart, Out-desire,” and that motto showed through during playoff time.
The Tigers first playoff match was against Montevideo at home. The girls took control of the match from point one and never let up winning the match in three sets.
The Tigers next match took them on the road to second-seeded Litchfield. Litchfield was a hard fought match going into five sets, but with the girls playing aggressively at the net and great defense, the Tigers took the fifth set and the match win.
The subsection final match was against a tough New Londson-Spicer team.
“We had a great pre-match talk and the girls were confident and ready to win,” Fehr said. “They came out onto the court with the same confidence and dominated every aspect of the match. We played great defense, hit aggressive, blocked well, set well, and had smart serves.”
The 3-0 win over NL-S brought the Tigers to the 3A Section final match against a Marshall team, who has made it to state for the past 13 years.
“We knew going in that [Marshall] was an amazing team. Our plan was to give 100 percent effort and try to make as few mistakes as possible.” Fehr said. While the Tigers did give 100 percent effort, so did Marshall with their hitters and blockers really dominating and putting the game out of reach for the Tigers, ending their season.
“I told the girls after the match they had nothing to hang their heads about, they had an amazing season,” Fehr said.
Paige Schieler recorded 196 kills for the Tigers as an outside hitter and ends her career with 492.
Terianne Itzen led the team in kills this season with 237 and 567 in her career. Itzen also played back row and led the team in digs with 449. Itzen was named to the Volleyball All-Area First Team by the West Central Tribune, published Thursday, Nov. 14.
Nicole Strobel played right side this season having 51 kills and a career 199 kills. Strobel also had 23 set assists.
Captain Chelsey Ehleringer ended the season with 271 set assists and 492 for her career. Ehleringer was also one of the Tigers’ most consistent servers averaging 98 percent.
Sydney Engebretson had 215 kills and 672 for her career. Engebretson also led the Tigers in blocks with 35, and was named All-Area Honorable Mention.
Captain Hunter Mundal had 249 digs this season and 316 for her career and also a 91 percent server for the season.
Beth Holland was libero this year and had 400 digs for the season and 616 for her career. Holland led the team with 30 ace serves and served 95 percent. Holland was also chosen All-Area Honorable Mention.
One thing that was continually emphasized throughout the Tiger volleyball season was teamwork and playing your role, whatever that may have been.
“We would not have made it to the section final match without all of the 14 girls on the team. Each one provided something special to the team,” Fehr said.
The Tiger volleyball program will be saying goodbye and good luck to seven seniors, but Fehr is excited to see who will step up next year.
“The seven seniors will be missed not only for their talent and experience but for the people they are.” Fehr said. “I am extremely proud of all of our girls this season not just because of the success they had but watching them grow into great young ladies. I am excited for the returning players to step up next year and to see what other players develop. Thank you for a great season!”