Girls Varsity Volleyball · Simley Girls Volleyball Nets 2nd Place at the Visitation Invitational

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Congratulations to the Simley Girls Volleyball team for its outstanding performance at the Visitation Invitational on Saturday. The Spartans finished in 2nd place losing in the finals in a tight and hard-fought match with Holy Angels, ranked 12th in state AA. The opening match of the tournament saw Mounds Park Academy test the hearts of the players as the team won by the slimmest of two-point margins in the deciding set. Simley then dominated Highland Park setting up a semi-final match with formidable Metro East rival Hill-Murray, a team we had not beaten in over ten years. After splitting the first two sets, the Spartans said 12 years is enough and jumped out to an 8-1 lead before comfortably finishing off the Pioneers 15-8, setting up quite the rematch this coming Thursday at home. Individual highlights were many as all eleven players performed at the top of their games. Senior Emma Heimerl boomed the ball all over the court picking up 58 kills, while sister seniors TeTe Danso (who also had a whopping 11 blocks), Ellie Lanik, and Jackie Stickler blasted 40 kills of their own to keep the offense and the games rolling along. Sophomore Lauren Tuccitto had a tournament high 8 aces while Sophomore Chomp Danso continued her steady improvement with NO hitting errors – shocking for a sophomore. Smooth setting Abby Hepper (with 7 beautiful blocks), who was a bit too smooth at times, tallied 76 assists aided in large part by the on target passing and digging of the Nuggets (Juniors Brynn Rogers and Molly Stein and Sophomore Bella Studer) who combined to dig 90% of the opponents swings (100% for Brynn). Finally, in her last match for the Spartans before moving to San Diego where she will be the object of all our jealousies in January, Sophomore Audriana Epps had the best day of her varsity career at Simley with a 67% kill percentage and steady serving – you will be missed. And congratulations to Senior Sydney Stensgard who was at Montana State for the weekend to pick up her Division 1 basketball scholarship.