BY DAVE PEDERSEN
Rockford continued to have hard-fought volleyball matches right up until the end, which came last week with a 3-0 loss to DeLaSalle in the sub-section semifinals.
As usual this season all three games were close, with Rockford losing 25-22, 25-19 and 25-19. The Rockets had opened the playoffs with a 3-0 victory over Providence Academy, moving on to take on the No. 2 sub-section seed.
“The girls fought hard the whole match and never gave up,” notes coach Jen Stoa. “We out-hustled DeLaSalle, but they were able to pick on our weaknesses.”
Senior Jordan Weeding paced the offense with 10 kills and four blocks, 5-5 sophomore Hannah Carlson had eight kills and senior Ellen Paatela added five kills. Junior Emily Eberspacher blocked six kill attempts and ninth-grader Emili Cain blocked four.
Stoa says although Rockford finished the season with an 8-18 record, it does not show that it was a great season. The first year head coach adds, “We were competitive in every match we played and took almost every one of our losses to at least four games.”
The Rockets also produced some great accomplishments, including the first conference win in six years and Weeding’s school record of 307 kills in a single season.
“I am very proud of the girls in how hard they worked, how much they improved and how well they worked together as a team,” adds Stoa. “We will greatly miss the leadership on and off the court of our seniors.”
Seniors included Nicole Friedlein and Kaylee Schumacher. Other juniors expected to return are Sam Bagaason, Laura Jakes, Brittany Miller and Rhiannon Monssen. Lauren Enge is the other sophomore on varsity.