The Saints traveled to Worthington last Friday night to play in the opening round of the state volleyball tournament.
The host Trojans were third seeded and the Saints were sixth seeded. SJA has played very competitively during the season. That includes even pulling off some incredible comebacks and upsets.
Friday night that was not to be, as the Saints fell to Worthington three games to one.
The SJA girls split the first two games. Worthington won the first 25-18, but the Saints came back to win the second game 25-21.
The Saints have worked magic many times this year in the third game, but that was not to be Friday night. The Trojans bolted out to a 13-0 lead and won the game 25-7.
Once in control, Worthington wouldn’t let up and won the decisive fourth game 25-11.
As she has many times this year, senior Devon Flohrs led the Saints effort in many categories. She had 12 kills, and tied for the highest number of digs with six.
Emily Bottem once again led the Saints with 25 assists. Bottem was also perfect with 14 successful serves in 14 attempts.
Julia Beckius was the leader in receptions with 24 and Flohrs was second with 22.
The Saints played an exciting style of volley ball, even if they won less than 50 percent of their games.
It was the last game for seniors Flohrs, Erin Hurley, JoAnna Pluym, Andrea Nielsen and Jessica Carvatt.
Devon was a dominate player for the Saints this season. She led the team in kills with 241 out of a team total of 703, service receptions with 597 out of a team total of 1368 and digs with 262 out of a team total of 877.
Head Coach Steve Chapin commented on the play of Flohrs, “Devon's 241 (career 367) kills is the highest single season kill number we have seen here by one player since players like Anna Tuura (career 368) (2006) and Kelsey Aden (career 860) (2004) and Jenna Hultgren (career 753) (2004).”
For the season, JoAnna was second in receptions and digs and Erin led the team in blocks.
Looking to next year and beyond, the good news for the Saints is that many of key players for the Saints are sophomores and freshmen.
Emily Bottem has become a set assist machine. She had 623 out of a team total of 646.
Chapin said, “Emily Bottem’s 623 set assists is a great number for a sophomore and to add to her 245 from her freshman year, she is off to a great start.”
Page 2 of 2 - Emily was also a leader in serving with 283 successful serves in 309 attempts for a percent of .916.
That high percentage total of successful serves was second to freshman Allison Brandts who had a percentage of .930 on an effort of 132 successes over 142 attempts.
Other strong returning servers are freshman Julia Beckius 232 of 275 with a percentage of .844, 10th grader Lindzey Hanson with a stat line of 249 of 278 and a percentage of .896 and 10th grader Liz Reckow with a total of 232 of 275 for an .844 percentage. Julia led the team with 34 serving aces.
Looking at this seasons stats, freshman Julia Beckius has shown the promise of being a dominant player for the Saints. She was third in service receptions with 223 and third in digs with 153. Julia was second in kills with 206.
A number that was noted by the Head Coach, “I think the stat that stands out the most is 9th Grader Julia Beckius’ 206 kills. I know in my time as a coach, I have never seen a 9th grader with that kind of number.”