Volleyball notes: Trinity Academy takes nine-match win streak to Cheney
There is so much that hinges on the next few weeks for the Trinity Academy volleyball team, which is in the midst of its best season under 10th-year coach Marie Goscha.
A Central Plains League title. Districts. Maybe a berth in the Class 4A-Division II tournament.
So much to be determined, yet….
“This has been the most amazing, wonderful year,” Goscha said. “This group has been unbelievable. They just want to see each other succeed. None of them care about the spotlight.”
And that could be the root reason why the Knights (25-3) ranked No. 6 in 4A-II, still have so much to play for.
“We’re enjoying it,” Goscha said. “We’ve been kind of flying under the radar and doing some great things.”
Trinity’s season got off to a rocky start when senior setter Rachel Kater tore her anterior cruciate ligament and the Knights had to make the shift from a 6-2 to a 5-1 formation. Five seniors have provided the foundation — middle Annie Friesen, outside hitter Emma Hilgenfeld, setter Jenna Goscha (Marie’s daughter), libero Taylor Billings and outside hitter Kristin Miller. Junior middle Jessie Clinton and sophomore right side Kaliegh Schrag have also had big seasons.
“In the past I felt like I’ve had an MVP I could name after every match,” Goscha said. “But now I feel like I’ve got six stars out there, every match. They all make plays.”
Trinity has won nine straight matches after losing to Remington and Garden Plain on Sept. 28 and are 4-0 in CPL headed into Tuesday night’s triangular at Cheney against Cheney, also 4-0 in CPL play, and Independent. This Saturday, they play at the Clearwater tournament.
The Knights have never won the CPL.
Navarro invaluable for East — East senior and four-year starter Andrea Navarro is already a two-time All-City League selection, but that doesn’t come close to explaining what she’s meant to the Aces in her career.
“She’s the glue,” East coach Randi Godown said. “She’s the one that keeps everyone together. She’s been so good.”
Navarro leads East with 310 kills — 9.68 per match — and 25 aces. She’s also second on the team with 100 digs. A win Tuesday against North or West will put East (22-10) will give the Aces their most wins in Godown’s seven seasons.
“(Navarro) doesn’t just play one position, she plays all the way around,” Godown said. “Defense, offense, scoring the ball, rallying ... she does everything.”
Navarro is also a track standout for East in the javelin, which is what her focus might be on the college level.
“I think she might be leaning toward that a little, but she hasn’t made up her mind,” Godown said. “It really shows what a great athlete she is.”