The LSE Lady Pirates volleyball team closed out the season with a fourth place finish while competing in the Jefferson City Middle School Tournament over the weekend.
While finishing 4-2 in pool play, the Lady Pirates opened the tournament with a straight set victory against Lady of Lourdes 25-8 and 25-14. Meanwhile, in Game 2, LSE defeated Thomas Jefferson in two games 25-15 and 25-13.
Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, they dropped their final game in pool play against Blair Oaks by a score of 25-20 and 25-20.
In the opening match against Lady of Lourdes, LSE volleyball coach Dina Herzog said the girls came out aggressive and played at their level. “I was afraid we wouldn’t execute the offense and play a slower paced game but we played well,” Herzog said. “In the match against Thomas Jefferson, we played relaxed and had fun. I saw them do so many things correctly. Our serves were on and we served very well. We ran an offense and scored a lot with it. In the match against Blair Oaks, I thought we were evenly matched. We just didn’t pull it off.”
While taking the top-two teams each from pool play and a wild card team, Herzog said the Lady Pirates were selected as the wild card team to move on to bracket play.
Unfortunately for LSE, they dropped both matches in bracket play losing to Lebanon 25-16 and 25-13 and Blair Oaks 25-21 and 25-16.
In the match against Lebanon, Herzog said the girls played with the Yellowjackets in Game 1 but fatigue set in. “We played tired,” Herzog said. “Lebanon was a very good team. Meanwhile, in the match against Blair Oaks, it was a lot of back and forth. I didn’t think either team played like they could. I thought we had a great season and a great bunch of girls who played as a team.”
For the tournament, Dana Lester had 14 aces, nine assists and five kills while Shayann Potter added 13 aces and seven assists, Hannah Gross with nine kills and five aces, Kyla Johnson with seven kills, six aces and two blocks, Kyleigh Skoufas with 10 aces, one assist and one kill, Andrea Jackson with six aces and two kills and Mackenzie Lutz and Sara Clinton each with one kill.