Team beats Jeff City to win Lebanon Tournament
A young Bearcat volleyball team continued their winning streak on the road, taking Washington and two conference games against St. James and Pacific. This weekend, the team traveled to Lebanon and they extended the streak taking on some big schools. If anyone had doubts about a coaching transition or a young team, the Lebanon wins spoke volumes. This is a well-coached team that can compete.
10/7 Herman vs Washington
Hermann wins both sets 25-11 and 25-20
The Bearcats had five aces and no errors with a 100 percent serving average. As a team, 64 attacks yielded 28 kills with seven errors. Grace Winkelmann had 24 attacks and 15 kills, followed by Chloe Witte with 17 attacks and eight kills. Hannah Grosse set the ball for those attacks 28 times. The team had an overall hitting percentage of .328. Defensively, the team had 30 receptions and 26 digs, 11 of those attributed to Winkelmann. There were three blocks by Winkelmann, Grace Godat and Gabriella Winkelmann and four block assists in the two matches.
10/8 Hermann vs St. James
Hermann won both matches 26-16 and 25-10
Good serving continued for the Hermann squad. Grace Godat served up three aces. Winkelmann, Grosse and Macie Witthaus served up one apiece. The team had a 98 percent serving average. With 55 attacks and 26 kills, the team had a kill percentage of 47.3 and also had a power hitting percentage of .382. Hannah Grosse had 23 of 26 assists to set for the kills. Defensively, the team had 22 receptions, 1 block, 6 assisted blocks and 19 digs, spread out among the team.
10/10 Hermann vs Pacific
Hermann won both matches 25-11 and 25-18
Staying consistent, Hermann continued to serve well, with six aces and one error. Chelsey Moeckli had three of those, Winkelmann had two and Witte had one. The serving percentage remained at 98. The team didn’t hit quite as well as the previous two games finishing with a hitting percentage of .235. The kill rate was down as well, with a 39.7 percentage on 68 attacks and 27 kills. Winkelmann had 10 kills on 22 attacks, Witte had 6 kills on 17 attacks and Gabriella Engemann had five kills on 12 attacks, with four errors. Hannah Grosse set the ball 23 of 25 times. On defense, the team handled 28 receptions with only two errors. Winkelmann had eight digs of 24 total, followed by Moeckli, who had seven.
It was a very long Saturday last weekend for the Bearcats who played in three pool rounds, followed by bracket play, semi-finals and the finals. Hermann came out of the whirlwind play with the tournament championship against some very strong teams from big schools.
Pool play game 1 - Hermann vs Columbia-Hickman
Hermann won both matches 25-20 and 25-13
The team had six aces, but also six serving errors. The serving percentage was 85.4, lower than any game earlier in the week. Their kill percentage was also down a little to 46.9 percent, with 23 kills on 49 attacks, but had little trouble dispatching a much larger school.
Pool play game 2 - Hermann vs Lebanon
Hermann won both matches 25-17 and 25-20
The first match was fairly close right up to 19-16, but once the Yellowjackets lost control of the ball, it was all Bearcats with five kills and a block. Lebanon was more tenacious, never leading in the second match, but hanging onto Hermann like a shadow, within one or two points, right up to 19-18. Lebanon got another point on a tip kill, but after that, Hermann waved goodbye on their opponent’s net errors and a kill to ice the match and game.
Pool play game 3 - Hermann vs New Covenant Academy-Springfield
Hermann won both matches 25-11 and 25-12
The Bearcats came out roaring with a scoring combination of kills, aces and a block to jump the score to 10-6. They extended that lead with more kills, two blocks and an attack error, putting the score at 17-7. They ended scoring twice as much as the Academy for the win, ending the first match on a free ball error, 25 to 11. The second match went like the first. The Bearcats had five aces, two apiece for Winkelmann and Witte, but also five serving errors, for a serving percentage of 87.8 percent on 41 attempts. The team had a hitting percentage of .346 on 52 attacks and 23 kills for a kill percentage of 44. Hannah Grosse set the ball 23 times and had 11 assists.
The Bearcats finished first in their pool and it was on to bracket play against Glendale-Springfield, winning both sets 25-12 and 25-16. In Bracket play semi-finals against Marshfield, Hermann won two out of three sets, losing the first 24-26, but winning the next two, 25-20 and 25-15. This put the team into the finals against a tough Jeff City team. Previously, the Bearcats lost to Jeff City in three matches, so this was an opportunity to see who would come out on top. Hermann ruled the day winning the championship in two, going 25-14 and 25-23.
Hermann served well during the matches, with a 95.5 serving percentage that included four aces on 44 serving attempts—two by Macie Witthaus and one each, for Grace Godat and Chloe Witte. The teams hitting percentage was a very good .338, with a 42.6 kill percentage on 68 attacks and 29 kills. Grace Winkelmann led the attack squad with 31 attacks and 14 kills, followed by Chloe Witte with 16 attacks and eight kills. Hannah Grosse handled 27 set attempts for the kill team.
Defensively, Hermann got 33 receptions with Winkelmann receiving 17 of those, followed by Witte, with 11. Witte also controlled 11 digs and Chelsey Moeckli had nine out of a total of 35.
“Jeff City was a big win for us,” said Coach Landolt. “At the time we played them, they were ranked seventh out of all volleyball teams in the state of Missouri, according to Maxpreps, (the statistical sports website).”