October 26, 2108—The Excelsior Springs High School Lady Tigers Volleyball Team earned district championship honors Wednesday, beating St. Pius X 26-24, 25-19.

Head Coach Terri Irons said the game proved to be a terrific night for these Lady Tigers.

“Winning a district title is something this group set as a goal all the way back to our very first game when we got beat in two really close sets to St. Pius in our own gym,” she said.

She told them the night of the loss, Irons said, while the loss disappointed her, she wanted the team’s disappointment to burn inside them for the next three months and motivate them to reach that big goal.

“(Wednesday) night they did it.  They were not going to be denied,” she said. “They showed so much grit, determination and composure and the best part is they did it all season as a team, they earned this together.”

Senior Rece Rainey led in kills with 14 and junior Morgan Schindler followed with seven. Senior Jill Harris added one.

The Tigers served five aces with Harris, Rainey, junior Aubrey Burton, Schindler and junior Avrie Christiansen serving one each.

Harris and sophomore Madison Krier led in digs with nine with Schindler adding eight. Rainey and Burton each added one dig.

Irons said Rainey hit a milestone during the game by earning her one thousandth career dig,

In the semi-final match, the Tigers beat Northeast High School 25-3, 25-10.

SENIORS TRINATY JEFFERS AND RECE RAINEY block the ball in the District game against St. Pius X. The Tigers will continue their post season game play Saturday at Pleasant Hill. KIMBERELY BLACKBURN | Staff photo

Irons said the game contained another milestone forRainey, who earned her one thousandth kill during the game. Rainey said she described the accomplishment as “feeling amazing.” Without her team, she said, the accomplishment would not be possible.

Irons said Rainey began this accomplishment four years ago.

“Her leadership both in physical performance and emotional stability has been tremendous,” she said.

Jeffers led the Tigers in kills with seven and Rainey followed with six. Harris and Schindler added five. sophomore Natalie Frese and Williams added two.

Rainey served 10 aces, with Harris and Burton adding added two each.

Rainey and Krier led in digs with eight with Harris adding seven. Schindler added six and Burton and Jeffers, three.  Freshman Kyli Crowley and junior Niyah Williams each added one.

The Tigers played Guadalupe Charter Center Monday where they won 25-4 and 25-6.

Irons said Guadalupe struggled and could not handle the ball well. The Tigers, she said, took advantage and controlled the game quickly.

Schindler led the Tigers in kills with five, with Harris and Crowley adding three. Christiansen and Williams earned two aces with Rainey, Frese and Dusek earning one.

The Tigers served a total of 23 aces. Frese led with 10, Harris, seven, Burton and Krier, two with Rainey and Williams serving one each.

Krier led the Tigers in digs with five. Harris, Rainey, Schindler and Frese served two. Burton, Dusek, Crowley and Christiansen served one each.

The Tigers hosted Warrensburg Thursday, Oct. 18 where they won both sets 26-24 and 25-18.

Rainey led in kills will 14 with Schindler following with eight. Jeffers added two and Christiansen, one.

Rainey serves three aces with Harris, Krier and Schindler adding two each. Christiansen also served one ace.

Krier led Excelsior Springs in digs, earning 13. Schindler earned 12, Harris 11 and Rainey, 9. Burton earned four digs and Christiansen, three.

Irons said the game ended their regular season on a good note. She said the team started off rough in set one possibly letting senior night become a distraction.

“Once we settled down and focused our attention on the task at hand we played well and came out with the win,” she said. “It’s always good to win on senior night, plus it’s good to get that last (win) before the post season starts.”

The Tigers will travel to Pleasant Hill Saturday to face the winner of Thursday’s District 16 championship. Game play begins at 10 a.m.

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