South Winn libero Katelyn Heying gets a dig as fellow seniors Makayla Hageman (left) and Kaitlyn Theis (12) prepare to make the next move at Ed-Co Monday night. (Photo courtesy of Karla Hageman)
South Winn libero Katelyn Heying gets a dig as fellow seniors Makayla Hageman (left) and Kaitlyn Theis (12) prepare to make the next move at Ed-Co Monday night. (Photo courtesy of Karla Hageman)

The season came to an end Monday night as the South Winn volleyball team fell to Ed-Co 0-3 in the Class 1A quarterfinals. Set scores were 17-25, 22-25 and 13-25.

The Warriors end the season 3-26. Ed-Co (26-9) will face Tripoli (17-20) in the semifinals tonight (Thursday, Oct. 31) at Tripoli.

“We headed into the second round of regionals with more confidence than we’ve had throughout the season. Edgewood-Colesburg is a solid team and we knew that they had a powerful outside hitter and solid middle blocker,” said Coach Glenna Munuswamy. “We went in focusing on our game plan and the girls performed very well.”

The first set was tight until the Vikings went on a late run to close it out, 25-17. The Warriors had complete control of set two, up 15-6, and later 20-13; however, disappoint struck, as South Winn lost the momentum to fall, 25-22.

“We got stuck in one rotation and Ed-Co was able to steal the momentum,” said Coach Munuswamy. “The third set was just a mental loss for us. After being close and then letting one slip away, our balloon was deflated. The girls went into this match believing they could win and that was a huge step for us. Our serve-receive and defense has been phenomenal all year and they were a huge part of keeping us in matches this year. Every rotation featured the same three girls; Makayla Hageman, Katelyn Heying and Sara Biraschi. They were absolutely fantastic throughout the season.”

In Monday’s contest, the Warriors made 23 kills on 74 attack attempts. They served 46-for-63 with six aces, along with 17 assists, 34 digs and one block.

Leading the way for the Warriors was Sara Biraschi with 12 kills, 11 digs, one block and a 9-for-12 serving mark with two aces. Makayla Hageman hammered out five kills to go with nine digs. The senior went 5-for-5 at the serving line. Sophomore Eryn Luzum dished out 17 assists and provided a 15-for-17 serving effort with a trio of aces.

The Warriors graduate Makayla Hageman, Kateyn Heying and Kaitlyn Theis. They will have seven athletes back with varsity experience.