GODFREY - The Lewis and Clark volleyball team finished the 2013
season on a high note, winning its last two regular season games as
well as their regional play-in game before falling to the
second-ranked team in the country.
"It took us a while to figure out who we were and how we could
best succeed," said head coach Jim Hunstein. "Once we did, we
made significant progress. We just ran out of time before we fully
realized our true potential."
The Trailblazers finished the year with an overall record of
12-25, which included a record of 6-8 against Region 24 opponents
and 3-7 against Mid-West Athletic Conference schools. The
team finished fourth of eight teams in the region and fourth of
five teams in the MWAC.
"The first round win at Regionals over Lincoln was huge,"
Lewis and Clark entered the Region play-in match seeded fifth to
Lincoln's fourth, and pulled off the upset with a 3-2 victory.
"We had so much energy on the floor and on the bench," he said.
"That might have been our best match of the year."
The Trailblazers had a remarkable record of 5-1 in matches that
went five sets.
"I wish I knew exactly how that happened," Hunstein said.
"I guess it shows how mentally tough and determined the
players got when it came to crunch time."
The team was led this year by two of its captains, sophomore
setter Ashleigh Holtgrave, of Trenton, Ill., and sophomore outside
hitter Hannah Baker, of Granite City. Both earned All-Region
and All-Conference honors. Holtgrave was named First Team in both
and Baker was named Second Team All-Conference and Honorable
Holtgrave led the team with 568 service aces and was second with
31 aces. Baker was tops on the team with 245 kills, 299 digs and
293 points (a total of kills, aces, and blocks). Sophomore right
side hitter Alyssa Wagner, of Edwardsville, was second on the team
with 218 kills and 272 points and third with 42 blocks.
Sophomore middle hitter Lizzie Meierotto led the team with 67
blocks followed by freshman middle hitter Kate Gorman, of
Jerseyville, with 52. Freshman outside hitter Megan Ramsey led the
team with 47 aces and was third with 176 kills and 235 points.
Sophomore libero Michaela Hlafka, of Bunker Hill, was second on the
team with 295 digs.
"Looking over the numbers, our sophomores certainly led the
way," Hunstein said. "But the freshmen made valuable
contributions on and off the court all year, which might not show
up in the stats. They learned a lot about how to play the game at
this level. I'm looking forward to them emerging as leaders next
year and continuing to help improve the program."