The STC AAU Volleyball Club had a very successful season this year. We had seven teams and 58 girls out for volleyball. Our philosophy is to teach life lessons through volleyball; By passing on our love and passion for the game; To instill in a team fundamentals, discipline, and an internal motivation; Develop an unwavering daily work ethic that extends beyond the court into a complete intellectual, physical, and nutritional regimen; and lastly, adopt a positive, respectful, and considerate attitude for each other and for those we come in contact with so that the team may continually improve in unity towards a common goal.
We stated practicing in early December and Tournaments play stated January 25th. Each team had the opportunity to play in seven tournaments. The tournaments consist of 4 or 5 team pool play with teams moving to the tournament round if they place 1st or 2nd in their pool. All our teams made it into tournament play at least once during the year.
Our 5th and 6th grade teams best performance was in Dike New Hartford were they placed 3rd out of 10 teams. These two teams were made up of the following girls: Alexis Babinat, Ashlynn Ellenbecker, Jaden Graff, Alexis Meek, Chloee Kirklin, Gwen Upah, Morgan Haughey, Shelby, Slaven, Sydney Parizek, Clarissa Rosenberger, Destinie Johnson, Jaydee Thiessen, and Megan Jordan. They were coached by Megan Rosenberger and Jamie Johnson.
The seventh Grade Bombers
Our Seventh grade "Bombers" qualified for state on Feb 22, at Newton. The Bombers took first place in their pool and then took second overall. They played state at Ankeny and did incredible job. The seventh grade girls' team was made up of the following girls: Abbie Morgan, Azra Papakee, Brittany Breya, Jaelin Berger, Katie Campbell, Laney Princehouse, Madison Rohach Stacey Slaven, Taylor Lekin, and Taylor Ray. They were coached by Erica Metz and Pat Campbell.
In Eighth grade there were two teams. Their team names were Explosion and Extreme. The Explosion's best performance was 3rd place in their last tournament. They missed going to state by only 3 points. Explosion's team was made up of the following girls: Athena Schrock, Brianna Jensen, Izzy Morgan, Kaylee Klostermann, Mackenze Smith, and Savanna Lopez. They were coached by Sarah Green.
The Extreme team qualified for state at Belle Plaine, Traer, and Gilbert. They finished 1st in two of their pool play and 2nd in another. They best performance in tournament play was 2nd place. They played at state in Indianola were they did a great job, and took 4th place in the Red and White Tournament Bracket. The Explosion team was made up of Abbie Parizek, Autumn McFate, Bri Nelson, Grace Jimenez, Sadie Smith, Saylor Upah, Steph Slaven and Mackenize Hinegardner. These two team have been coached for the last three year by Katie Towns and Kym Stein. The coaches were very impressed with all the girls' hard work, dedication and sportsmanship on both teams.
The Fusion team made up of 9th and 10th graders, qualified for state at Belle Plaine on March 9th by winning the tournament. They also played in five other tournaments in January through March with a best finish of 2nd place. They played at state in Marshalltown on March 22nd where they played tough. The Fusion team was made up of Autumn Papakee, Brycelyn Haughey, Serena Lowe, Jordan Knowles, Abby Llewellyn, Miranda Lacina, Dani Stubbs, Natalie Stadler, Sabrina Holtz, Madie Bacon and Nyana Eubanks coached by Amy Dolash.
STC Ellite, who is made up of sophomores and juniors, has qualified 4 times for State at South Hamilton, two homes tournaments, and Winterset. The girls qualified 1st at South Hamilton, 2nd & 3rd at the two home tournaments, and 2nd at the Winterset tournament. These girls have found themselves down several times and have overcome any issues to get the win. A very successful season with finishing 3rd out of 16 teams in the Silver bracket at State! The team consisted of Sadie Kavalier, Laurel Scharnweber, Alana Vest, Erin Clayton, Allie Schaefer, Kallie Hala, Belle Tyynissma, and Catie Collins; coached by Tessa Matherly.
Parents, we as a club, would like to say thank you for everything you did for your girls; from taking them to practice, communication, but most important getting them to all the volleyball games on time and your support as a fan in the stands. You represented our club with great sportsmanship.
Lastly, I want to give a big thanks to all the coaches. The club would not be a success without the volunteering of the coaches, bringing their volleyball knowledge to the girls and the time they put into the program. The STC Volleyball Club continues to help and strengthen our STC school volleyball program. Again, thank you! Kym Stein and Tessa Matherly.