By ERIC VICCARO
JACKSON — The Valle Catholic High School volleyball team is priming for the upcoming playoffs.
The Warriors, who the Missouri State High School Activities Association bumped up from Class 2 to Class 3 due to the school’s “championship factor,” placed second at the Jackson Tournament on Saturday.
Valle Catholic stands at 21-4-3 after playing seven matches on Saturday, and the Warriors learned their fate for the Class 3 District 2 Tournament starting on Oct. 21.
The Warriors were announced as the No. 1 seed, and they will play either Park Hills Central or Arcadia Valley in the district semifinals at 5 p.m. on Oct. 25.
Valle Catholic opened with pool play on Saturday, winning three matches and splitting one.
The Warriors earned wins over Advance, 25-14, 25-16, Poplar Bluff 25-9, 25-13 and Lesterville 25-17, 25-15. Only Class 5 Lindbergh managed to forge a split with Valle Catholic, 22-25, 25-22.
The team was placed in the Gold Bracket, topping Mehlville in the opening round 25-17, 25-16. The Warriors then trounced Lindbergh, 25-11, 25-13, in the semifinals.
That set up a match against Helias Catholic of Jefferson City, another Class 5 school. The Warriors extended Helias to three sets before falling by scores of 25-14, 20-25, 25-16.
In the semifinal match versus Lindbergh, Ella Bertram and Hailey Weibrecht joined forces for 19 of the Warriors’ 29 kills. Bertram also contributed three ace block assists.
Sam Loida ran Valle Catholic’s 5-1 offense to the tune of 23 assists, and also she won 14 points on her serve, one ace and had two ace block assists.
Mia Weiler contributed eight digs and sister Ade Weiler seven. Rachel Blum chipped in with six digs.
In the championship match versus Helias, Bertram powered down 11 kills and Weibrecht had eight. Makayla Joggerst and Bertram both had two ace block assists along the front line.
Joggerst also won a team-high eight points off her serve, with one ace, and she had 14 digs. Mia Weiler also contributed 14 digs and Sam Loida 12 as the Warriors totaled a whopping 65 for the match. Loida also distributed 30 assists.
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