The varsity volleyball team only had one goal this season: changing the school’s state championship banner. With five senior starters, the team knew they had a good chance of making it to State.
The girls won their first round of games on Thursday, November 8 against Millard South in three sets, 25-21, 25-11, 25-17, allowing them to advance to the semifinals of the state tournament against Omaha Marian.
“I think going into that Marian game we knew it was not going to be easy at all, but once we dropped the first set we were not about to let that game be our last,” senior Delaney Humm said. “We really came together as a team but we didn’t win that game from amazing volleyball, we won that game because we played as a team and trusted each other.”
The girls stormed the floor after that last ball hit the floor and signaled the 24-26, 25-21, 25-20, 25-19, win over Omaha Marian, advancing the Bolts to the Class A state final.
The championship game was played at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, a place senior Emma Gabel always dreamed about playing in.
Gabel, the team’s libero, verbally committed to the University of Nebraska for volleyball and will eventually be playing in the complex much more over the next four years.
“I have been looking forward to playing in Devaney since I was a little girl playing YMCA ball,” Gabel said.
The championship match was played against Millard North. The teams shook hands and the game began. Although Pius X fought long and hard, they ended up losing the match in three sets, 21-25, 18-25, 20-25.
It was a hard loss but the team knew they did all they could.
“I knew everyone tried their best but getting to the state championship and losing was not the way we wanted it to go,” sophomore Alexis Markowski said.
With the season being over, several of the seniors have collegiate careers ahead of them they are now preparing for.
This preparation will include a new season of club volleyball this winter to work on honing in on certain skills before college.
There are currently five seniors committed to play in various colleges: Delaney Humm (Fort Hayes State), Morgan Christiansen (Fort Hayes State), Emma Gabel (University of Nebraska at Lincoln), Caitlin Vancura (Benedictine) and Anna McClain (Queens University of Charlotte).
Gabel said, “Even though we lost I wouldn’t have traded that first experience for the world because I got to play with some of my best friends.”