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December 13, 2017

11/15/2017 12:37:00 PM
KoMets take State Consolation Honors
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By Michelle Esplan

The 2017 Kasson-Mantorville KoMets closed another successful season of volleyball last week . Finishing the season with a 24-11 record, the KoMets took the consolation title in class AA at state this year. After losing their quarterfinal match against the Academy of Holy Angels, they went on to win their next two matches.

"The team played very well over the course of the entire tournament," noted Adam VanOort, K-M head volleyball coach.

"The highs of the tournament were our two victories. The low was the way that we lost our quarterfinal match vs. Holy Angels after dominating them in all of the statistics that usually determine winners and losers in volleyball."

Despite their loss, the KoMets posted better stats both offensively and defensively. They had a better kill-percentage (25.1% for K-M, 18.5% for Holy Angels), less attack errors (18-30), more digs (89-87), and more service aces (8-4).

"I feel like the team competed very well and at a high level for 95% of the tournament. I hope that they come away from the tourney with a lot of confidence because they played at a really high level for so much of it," stated VanOort. "Every player on our roster played a huge part in our success."

The KoMets faced Kenyon-Wanamingo in the first round of consolation bracket play winning the match in three sets, 25-18, 25-21, 25-23. In the consolation championship match, K-M put Roseau down in three as well, scores being 25-18, 25-15, 25-17.

"We played very well in all areas over the course of the tournament. We had a small let up in set two of our first match which resulted in us losing some momentum," noted coach VanOort, "and hopefully, we'll learn from that."

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