Turkey Valley senior Sayler Drilling snares a dig as teammates prepare for the next move in Monday’s Class 1A regional semifinal. Pictured with Drilling are (l-r) Ali Hoffert, Kylie Wurzer, Clare Courtney, Josie Weber and Aleah Hackman. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Turkey Valley senior Sayler Drilling snares a dig as teammates prepare for the next move in Monday’s Class 1A regional semifinal. Pictured with Drilling are (l-r) Ali Hoffert, Kylie Wurzer, Clare Courtney, Josie Weber and Aleah Hackman. (Photo by Becky Walz)

The season came to an end Monday night as the South Winn volleyball team fell to No. 9 Saint Ansgar 0-3 in the Class 1A regional semifinals.

Set scores were 19-25, 24-26 and 6-25.

“We lost to a very good team. We gave it our best for two sets, and genuinely had them on the ropes in the second set. It was tough to come so close in that second set and lose that way. I think that feeling is a lot of why the third set was as bad on the scoreboard as it was. I think it gave them as much of a boost as it hurt us,” said Coach Ethan Adams. “However, we can feel good knowing we gave it the best we had. We served and passed well, but just couldn’t execute our offense effectively enough against a very solid defensive unit for St. Ansgar. We wish them nothing but the best moving forward, and we appreciated the opportunity to play them this season.”

The Trojans end the season 20-7. Saint Ansgar (22-4) faced No. 2 Wapsie Valley (19-7) in the finals Wednesday night, Oct. 28.

In Monday’s contest, the Trojans made 20 kills on 93 attack attempts. They served 46-for-51 with seven aces, along with 20 assists, 44 digs and four blocks.

Ali Hoffert led the way at the net with nine kills to go with 10 digs and also served 7-for-8. Josie Weber went 15-for-15 with five aces at the serving line, dished out 20 assists and had seven digs. Kylie Wurzer provided 10 digs and four kills, while Sophia Adams had four digs, two kills and served 11-for-13 for TV. Sayler Drilling also knocked down two kills. In for seven digs and a 6-for-6 serving effort was freshman Halle Weber. Serving 5-for-5 was Raegan Kime.

“Our coaching staff asked a lot of the girls in a season filled with uncertainty, and they answered the call time and again. From not even thinking we’d have a season, to having the best season I’ve had the privilege of coaching will forever be a fond memory for me. That has less to do with our record than it does with all the positive interactions and genuine enjoyment I had with this team,” said Coach Adams. “I appreciate our amazing fans, we turned out in a way I could have never imagined, and I am grateful for that. These girls came together this year. It was fun to see, and an honor to be a part of.”

The Trojans will graduate Kylie Wurzer, Raegan Kime, Ali Hoffert, Sayler Drilling, Aleah Hackman, Rory Kuennen, Sophia Adams and Erin Busta. They will have six athletes back with varsity experience.