It was over before it started last Saturday. The Lady Warriors were at home in the biggest game of the programs history and it fell apart in their hands.
The Venice Indians (26-3 coming in) are definitely no slouch when it comes to volleyball; top 100 in the country and top five in the state, according to Maxpreps. In what was sure to be the seniors last match at home, the Indians came in and ruined the party.
“I think we were a little jittery, almost too excited. We had high hopes of getting to the finals and winning it but I think we got too ahead of ourselves,” said senior Madison Seuzeneau after the match. She admitted to the fact that the team started slow and really never recovered as a result.
Seuzeneau was the only warrior in double digit kills, with 12. Normally tremendous junior Rachel Mathison put up only six kills with four errors. As a team, the Warriors had one ace (junior Casey McLean) and four service errors. The bright spot of the match would be the four blocks from the Lady Warriors, all by different players.
“(I was telling them) take a deep breath. Because they’ve never gotten this far they had never had this experience before…we had a lot of unforced errors in game one, then in game two not as many. Unfortunately I just don’t think you have the time to build in order to kick it in to gear, like we did in that third game,” said head coach Laura Stegenga.
Still with all things in consideration, this was a team that is in its fourth year with its third head coach and is now one of the eight best groups in class 7A.
“We got better and better. We started with a really slow offense in the beginning of the season and then gradually improved with lots of adjustments,” said Stegenga.
Of course the three seniors who have played their last game won’t be able to enjoy what they have created.
“My heart was broken (when the last shot hit the floor), I am a senior and I definitely did not want the season to end. I’ve been here all four years on varsity and it’s heartbreaking that this season’s over but I still love these girls like sisters. They’ll always still be with me,” said Seuzeneau.
Venice went on to win the class 7A state championship.
Zealand Shannon / Sports Editor