Wando Volleyball finish second in State

Wando Volleyball finish second in state
Posted on 11/06/2017

Wando has been one of the most consistent volleyball programs in the state recently, reaching the final match for five consecutive years.  Unfortunately, on Saturday afternoon they were done in by defending AAAAA champion Dorman and their All-American superstar Thayer Hall, 3-1.  “I knew it was going to be one of two scenarios — either (Hall) goes off and gets 40 kills and we just can’t stop her, or it’s going to be a close game," Wando head coach Alexis Glover said. "We just couldn’t stop her. We only dug her twice all night."  

Hall, a Florida commitment, was involved early and often. She started the match with a kill and constantly kept the Warriors off-balance with hits all over the court. She finished with 42 kills, 17 digs and four blocks. 

Dorman cruised to a 25-13 victory in the first set, but Wando battled back in the second. The score was tied at 21 separate times in game two, with Hall spiking consecutive balls at the end to give the Cavaliers the 27-25 decision.

“I’m real proud of our kids. We had a tough road. We played all tough competitors the whole time (in the playoffs)," Glover said. "I think the first game we were in shock. We can’t practice against that. That’s understandable. We played better in the second game, and when we won the third game, I thought we were getting it together." 

Wando led the entire third set, getting its first point on a Dorman error before wrapping it up 25-23 on a block/kill by Sarah Missroon, who finished with five on the day. 

The Cavaliers answered in game four to close out the match. Tied 7-7, Dorman went on a 10-4 spurt to gain control. The Warriors never got closer than five points from there, and Hall’s final kill put the exclamation point on the night, 25-18.

Wando (48-4-1) will lose most of its production next season, as seniors Karen Majewski, Lexi Hellberg, Brooke Medders and Keeghan Andrews are gone to graduation. However, they were a huge part in the team’s recent run of success. Andrews finished with 17 digs, while Hellberg added 10 kills and 13 digs. Majewski set up 15 assists and junior Maddie Boylston tallied 17. Medders finished with 17 digs. 

“Karen, Lexi and Keeghan have been on the team for four years and played in four state championships. What more do you want than that?" Glover said. "I take my hat off to them. They worked hard, but we just came up short tonight." 

Story published by The Moultrie News

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