Goessel finishes fourth at state

Goessel?s Page Hiebert (6) blocks a Spearville attack in Set 2 of pool play at the Class 1A-Division I volleyball tournament in Hays. The Bluebirds faced Spearville again in the third-place game. Spearville won that one, too; Goessel finished in fourth place.The Goessel volleyball team earned fourth place at the Class 1A-Division I state tournament in Hays Friday and Saturday.
Pool play began Friday for the fifth-seeded Bluebirds with a two-set loss to fourth-seeded Spearville (25-20, 25-14).
But Goessel responded with a victory over No. 1 Caldwell in three sets.
?We had a great defensive match against Caldwell with five blocks and 77 digs,? coach Crysta Guhr said. ?Anytime you can get good defensive balls up and translate those into good swings, you should find success.?
Caldwell won the first set, 25-20, but the Bluebirds took the next two 25-7, 25-22 for the win.
?Page Hiebert was amazing in that match with 19 kills and three aces,? Guhr said. ?She had no hitting or serving errors.
?I think we did a great job overall of continuing to attack and keep them on the defensive.?
In the final pool play matchup, Goessel defeated No. 8 LaCrosse, 25-18, 25-16.
?All year long we have pushed mental toughness with this team,? Guhr said. ?In these last three weeks, we?ve had multiple injuries and sicknesses that we have had to battle through.
?We?ve also been pushed late this year?in league tournament and sub-state?which really helped us feel confident on Friday to push through and win those final two matches.?
The Bluebirds advanced to the semifinals Saturday as runners-up to Spearville in Pool 1.
In the first match of the day, Goessel faced second-seeded Hoxie, who won Pool 2. Hoxie defeated the Blue?birds, 26-24, 25-14.
The loss put Goessel in a rematch with Spearville for third place. For the second time, Spearville maintained the edge, 25-22, 25-9.
?I think we battled well on Saturday,? Guhr said. ?Both matches were hard-fought, especially in the first sets.
?I thought we showed we had the ability to play with anyone, but especially against Hoxie, the leadership of the seniors for them really came through. When they needed big points in the end of the first set and at the end of the match, their seniors really stepped it up.?
Goessel completed the season with a 34-11 record.
?I think our team success this year was a surprise in some ways to a lot of people,??Guhr said. ?We lost four high-quality players from last year?s team and didn?t have a senior on this year?s team. So, in many ways, our success was surprising.
?However, this group?s talent was evident from the start,? she added. ?It just didn?t become consistent until late in the year.
?I expected this group to be at state. Once a team gets to that point, it?s anybody?s title to win. I think our team really embraced that challenge this year.?

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