Trojan senior Katlyn Baumler gives the ball a tap as Josie Weber (right) and Kourtney Schmidt (front) watch the play unfold during Monday’s 
regional quarterfinal at Tripoli. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Trojan senior Katlyn Baumler gives the ball a tap as Josie Weber (right) and Kourtney Schmidt (front) watch the play unfold during Monday’s regional quarterfinal at Tripoli. (Photo by Becky Walz)

It’s a familiar scene that has played out eight of the last nine seasons. The Tripoli volleyball team (17-20) foiled any plans of the Trojans advancing in the postseason.

Monday night in Tripoli, the Panthers defeated Turkey Valley 3-0 (15-25, 22-25 and 18-25).

Turkey Valley ends the year 20-13 overall. Tripoli (17-20) moves on to the regional semifinal Thursday, Oct. 31, against Ed-Co (26-9) at Tripoli.

“It was definitely a hard end to a very positive season. These girls put a lot of work into the off-season and it paid off. We were one win away from matching the previous three years combined, and that says a lot about how hard this team worked to earn this season,” said Coach Ethan Adams. “Credit to Tripoli, who played very good volleyball, and executed better than we were able to last night. They served well and took us out of the system from start to finish, and I don’t care what anyone says about the rest of our game, if your passing struggles, everything struggles.”

The Red and White had a shaky start to the night, falling behind 0-6 in game one. Unable to get the offense rolling, the Trojans lost 25-15.  

Game two was a better showing for TV as Josie Weber started the game with an ace serve. The Trojans and Panthers were neck-and-neck throughout the contest exchanging the lead several times. Tripoli began to edge ahead before a block by Ali Hoffert and Breanna Busta ignited the Trojans. Behind the serving effort of Busta, TV went from trailing 12-16 to leading 18-17; however, the Tripoli squad responded to win 25-22.

Turkey Valley began game three with a slim advantage that evaporated into a Panther 15-9 lead and eventually the 25-18 loss for the Trojans.

The Trojans served 50-for-56 with two aces. They pounded 18 kills on 79 attack attempts, with 17 assists, 24 digs and four blocks.

Ali Hoffert and Rachelle Smith led the attack at the net with six kills and five kills, respectively. Josie Weber handed out 17 assists and was 14-for-14 in serving with one ace. Addy Einwalter came up with seven digs, while Breanna Busta provided four and went 11-for-12 at the service line.

The Trojans graduate Breanna Busta, Lindsey Jackson, Katlyn Baumler, Addy Einwalter, Reese Manderfield, Rachelle Smith, Jaedyn Winter and Avery Reicks, but return a slew of juniors and sophomores with varsity experience.

“It was a team effort all year, in wins and losses, and I couldn’t be prouder of how far these girls have come since we started. Thank you to the seniors who each contributed to this success, and gave so much of themselves these last four years,” said Coach Adams. “I hope this gives the younger ladies something to chase in the off-season, because there is a lot of strong volleyball returning.”