The Lady Knights came away with a second place finish during sub-district play that was held in Weeping Water on Monday, October 29.
In their first contest, the Knights defeated Elmwood-Murdock; 25-23, 25-13, 25-15.
“We came out with a lot of energy and played very consistently with the intention of reducing our own unforced errors,” Coach Michelle Kreifels said.
Senior Jacey Kreifels, was effective on serving. Out of 30 serves, Kreifels compiled six aces. Addie DeFreece was perfect on her serves as she went 14-14 with no errors. Gina McGowen and Elaina Madison took care of the middle and tallied a total of 16 kills between the two of them. “When we can run our middles that much, it means our passers are doing a great job getting the ball to Jacey,” Coach Kreifels said.
Kreifels went on to say that Ivey Meyer, Ainsley Esser, and Libby Baumert had low errors and were making good shots.
Madison came away with 11 kills and four blocks. McGowen had five kills and four blocks.
Jacey Kreifels came close to a triple-double by contributing 21 assists, 11 digs, and six ace serves. It was Kreifels 17th double-double on the year.
Esser hit .333 with four kills and eight digs.
“Our communication was good throughout the match and defensively we were strong both blocking and digging,” Kreifels said. “We had their hitters pretty frustrated.”
Lourdes lost in the sub-district championship game against Palmyra; 14-25, 17-25, 12-25.
“We couldn’t get into a rhythm offensively and struggled passing the ball off serve receive,” Kreifels said.
Madison led the Knights in kills with seven; Esser, five; McGowen, four. Jacey picked up her 18th double-double on the year with 17 assists and 10 digs.
Digs: Esser, six; Emma Heng, five; DeFreece three.
After the loss, Coach Kreifels was disappointed for the girls, but expressed there were a lot of highlights throughout the year.
“They were really playing well these past 3 weeks and of course we were all hoping to get back to that district final game and fight for a chance to go to state,” Kreifels said. “But the season had a lot of highlights and a lot of successes. It is always hard that last night saying good bye to our seniors and both Natalie and Jacey will be greatly missed.”
Lourdes finished the season with 17 wins and 16 losses.