Lady Jays take runner-up at Sub-State

A season ended in heartbreak for the Sabetha High School volleyball team on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Lady Jays went into the Sub-State Tournament at Nemaha Central with a 31-8 record and seeded first.

When the dust settled after the fifth and final 2019 match-up between Sabetha and Nemaha Central, the Thunder had claimed the win and the state berth.

Looking back on what they were thinking going into Sub-State on Saturday, and how they felt when it was over, seniors Payton Michael and Maggi Hughes agreed that they could walk off the floor with no regrets.

“Personally, my mindset was to ‘play in the now’ as Coach [Abby] Stueve would say,” Hughes said. “I was just thinking that we needed to take each game point by point. I feel that we played some of our best volleyball on Saturday. Of course there were little things here and there that may not have gone exactly how we wanted, but that’s just part of the game. I believe we all played our hearts out and left the floor with no regrets.”

Michael said her mindset going into Saturday’s tournament was “God’s got this.”

“Our number one goal as a team was to grow as sisters in Christ, so I stood by that goal on Saturday and tried to let whatever happened happen, with the addition of 100 percent effort,” Michael said. “Having this mindset made the team and myself play some of the best games we’ve ever played. It also allowed all of us to walk off the court with no regrets.”

Sabetha finished the season with a 33-9 record and Sub-State Runner-Up trophy. As their record shows, this year’s Lady Jay volleyball team was special to watch, with a little something that set them apart.

Michael said the senior volleyball players have been playing together since fifth grade, which has helped with team chemistry and knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses. In addition to Michael and Hughes, senior players included Nikole Kuenzi, Sofia Kuenzi, Mariah Russell, Morgan Schuette and Kinley Schuette.

“Playing with each other for that long has also helped our team chemistry tremendously,” Michael said. “This year’s chemistry between each of the players is better than it ever has been!”

Senior Hughes agreed, adding that the younger players brought the team even closer.

“With the addition of Melinna [Schumann], Leah [Renyer], Camryn [Wessel] and Emily [Krebs], we’ve come even closer,” Hughes said. “We all knew we were playing for something bigger than ourselves, and I believe that is what helped us throughout this season.”

Michael said that if she had to describe the season in one word, it would be successful.

“Even though we didn’t end like we wanted to, the key to a great season isn’t about the wins, it’s about the moments, and leaving with no regrets,” Michael said. “Like I said, this team had some of the greatest chemistry that Sabetha volleyball has ever had, and I truly believe that everyone walked off the court with no regrets.”

Match One

In Sabetha’s first match at Sub-State, the Lady Jays won in straight sets — 25-12 and 25-11.

Sabetha hit 46 of 51 serve attempts for a 90.2 percent efficiency. Leading the Jays was M. Schuette, who hit 14 of 16 serves and scored 11 aces.

Offensively, the Jays tallied 22 kills on 46 of 57 hitting. Michael led the team with seven kills on 11 good hits. N. Kuenzi tallied three kills on 11 good hits.

Defensively, Hughes tallied 10 serve receives and six digs and Schumann had six serve receives and 10 digs.

At the net, Sabetha had one solo and two assist blocks. S. Kuenzi tallied one solo and one assist block.

Semi-Final

In the second match of the day for Sabetha, the Lady Jays face MH-MA in the semi-final match. Sabetha won in straight sets — 25-19 and 25-21.

Sabetha knocked over 45 of 48 serve attempts for a 93.8 percent efficiency. Leading server was Hughes, who went 14 of 14 with one ace.

Offensively, Sabetha had 31 kills on 86 of 100 hitting. Schumann led the team with 11 kills on 21 good hits. N. Kuenzi tallied seven kills on 19 good hits, and Michael had four kills on 19 good hits.

Defensively, Schumann led the way with 13 serve receives and 19 digs. Hughes tallied 11 serve receives and 16 digs.

At the net, the Jays tallied two solo blocks and 11 assist blocks. The team was led by M. Schuette with two solo and two assist blocks.

Championship

In the championship match, Big Seven League foes Sabetha and Nemaha Central faced each other for the fifth time this season. In previous match-ups, Sabetha was 3-1.

The Jays came out strong in the first set, but Nemaha Central came back stronger and took the first set 25-17. In the second set, Sabetha controlled the floor throughout the game and fended off a late Thunder run to win 26-24. In the third and final set of the match, both teams fought but Nemaha Central came away with the 25-19 win.

From the service line, Sabetha tallied 59 good serves on 63 attempts for a 93.7 percent efficiency. Hughes again led the team, hitting all 13 of her attempts.

Offensively, the Lady Jays had 29 kills on 107 of 132 hitting. Leading the way was N. Kuenzi, who tallied eight kills on 32 good hits. Schumann had eight kills on 21 good hits.

Defensively, Hughes led the team with 28 serve receives and 12 digs. Schumann tallied 10 serve receives and 19 digs, while N. Kuenzi had 14 serve receives and 15 digs.

At the net, Sabetha tallied four solo blocks and 14 assist blocks. S. Kuenzi led the team with two solo and three assist blocks. M. Schuette tallied one solo and four assist blocks, while Schumann had one solo and three assist blocks.

Match One – ACCHS

NAME

GOOD HIT

KILL

AST

GOOD SRV

SRV ACE

SRV %

DIG

SRV RCV

S BLK

AST BLK

Camryn Wessel

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Emily Krebs

1

1

0

1

0

50.0

1

0

0

0

Kinley Schuette

0

0

0

9

1

90.0

4

0

0

0

Leah Renyer

4

2

0

3

2

100.0

1

0

0

0

Maggi Hughes

0

0

0

7

2

100.0

6

10

0

0

Mariah Russell

5

3

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

Melinna Schumann

7

5

0

4

1

100.0

10

6

0

1

Morgan Schuette

3

0

0

14

11

87.5

1

0

0

0

Nikole Kuenzi

11

3

0

8

2

88.9

7

2

0

0

Payton Michael

11

7

0

0

0

3

2

0

0

Sofia Kuenzi

4

1

0

0

0

4

0

1

1

TEAM TOTAL

46

22

0

46

19

90.2

39

22

1

2

 

Match Two – MH-MA

NAME

GOOD HIT

KILL

AST

GOOD SRV

SRV ACE

SRV %

DIG

SRV RCV

S BLK

AST BLK

Camryn Wessel

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Emily Krebs

2

1

0

4

0

100.0

2

0

0

0

Kinley Schuette

0

0

0

8

0

100.0

11

1

0

0

Leah Renyer

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Maggi Hughes

1

1

0

14

1

100.0

16

11

0

0

Mariah Russell

5

1

0

0

0

2

4

0

1

Melinna Schumann

21

11

0

7

0

87.5

19

13

0

2

Morgan Schuette

11

3

0

4

0

80.0

5

0

2

2

Nikole Kuenzi

19

7

0

8

0

88.9

6

9

0

1

Payton Michael

19

4

0

0

0

2

0

0

2

Sofia Kuenzi

8

3

0

0

0

3

0

0

3

TEAM TOTAL

86

31

0

45

1

93.8

66

38

2

11

 

Championship Match – Nemaha Central

NAME

GOOD HIT

KILL

AST

GOOD SRV

SRV ACE

SRV %

DIG

SRV RCV

S BLK

AST BLK

Camryn Wessel

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Emily Krebs

1

0

0

9

1

100.0

5

0

0

0

Kinley Schuette

1

0

0

11

1

91.7

5

1

0

0

Leah Renyer

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Maggi Hughes

1

0

0

13

0

100.0

12

28

0

0

Mariah Russell

14

4

0

0

0

7

10

0

3

Melinna Schumann

21

8

0

8

0

100.0

19

10

1

3

Morgan Schuette

11

2

0

9

1

90.0

6

1

1

4

Nikole Kuenzi

32

8

0

8

0

80.0

15

14

0

0

Payton Michael

14

5

0

1

0

100.0

3

8

0

1

Sofia Kuenzi

12

2

0

0

0

2

0

2

3

TEAM TOTAL

107

29

0

59

3

93.7

74

72

4

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Amber Deters131 Posts

Amber Deters is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2005. She specializes in school board, election and legislative reporting, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Amber is a 2005 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in journalism and mass communications, print journalism sequence. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and three children.

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