Oct. 19—Claresa Ruholl on Monday broke a three-year record for the Teutopolis volleyball team.
The Lady Shoes’ second year finished with 26 digs to break Katelyn Jansen’s 2019 record of 25 for a game.
Ruholl’s record effort also helped Teutopolis (14-19) to a three-set victory over Cumberland at JH Griffin Gym. The Lady Shoes lost the first set 20-25, won the second 25-21 and won the third 25-23.
“What we talked about the most was trying to make sure we served,” Teutopolis head coach Jim Dietz said. “Tonight, I think Cumberland’s serve-receiver struggled, so we had to hold serve for the setter to get out of the net, so he couldn’t get [Syfert] with a big approach, because when that happens, bad things happen.”
Monday was also Senior Night for the Lady Shoes, a night that proved far more difficult for Dietz than he had imagined.
“What was tough tonight was being a freshman coach and trying to balance senior playing time with our normal roster,” Dietz said. “Without training, we had a few people who weren’t in their normal place, not doing their normal things, and I think that’s difficult.”
Teutopolis’ senior class includes Sara Swingler, Katie Kremer, Emily Konkel, Madaline Habing and Taylor Bueker.
Dietz couldn’t help but applaud his group of five for their ability to stick with his way of thinking since he started.
“These seniors bought into what we’re trying to teach, which is tough for a senior when you have a different coach with a different philosophy for three years,” Dietz said. “What I do is radically different from Coach Mills, and at no point did they say, ‘But, Tim did it that way. Tim does this, this way. They didn’t care, they wanted to win.”
Bueker finished with five kills, two blocks, eight digs and one assist. Konkel had six kills, an ace, two blocks and three digs. Kremer had four kills, one block, nine digs and one assist. Habing had one recovery and Swingler had three aces, eight digs and 14 assists to round out the elder’s stats for the game.
Meanwhile, RyLee Dittamore had two kills, an ace and a block. Sara Niemerg had four kills, two blocks, two digs and an assist. Molly Pals had two kills and three digs. TaNeal Einhorn had five kills, an ace, two blocks and a recovery. Sara Zumbahlen had one kill, one block, seven digs and eight assists. Ruholl added an assist with his record dig number. Summer Wall had nine digs and one assist, and Emma Deters had one.
As for the Lady Pirates (19-12-1), Kennedy Stults had nine kills and 15 digs. McKenzie Matteson had one kill, one block and three digs. Suzy Fritts had an ace and a recovery. Emi Stierwalt had 26 assists, one block, one ace and nine digs. Isabel Martinez had four searches. Katelyn Shoemaker had four kills, two blocks and a dig. Syfert had eight kills, three aces and 12 digs. Chaney Thornton had two aces and eight digs. Ashton Coleman had six kills and Jadalyn Sowers five digs.
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