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Updated November 6, 2013
With 3-1 win over Chatfield:Volleyball team to make fifth trip to state tournament!
K-M graduated eight seniors from a volleyball team that went 28-3 and was one win from a state tournament last season. At the start of the season it was suggested not to feel too sorry for the 2013 edition of the team. Coach Larry Hegerle was quoted as saying, "This is probably the most well rounded team I have had in a number of years".
So far this season the KoMets have proven the coaches point. They swept Stewartville 3-0 and defeated a tough Chatfield team Saturday afternoon at the Mayo Civic Center Arena 25-17, 20-25, 25-16, 28-26 for the right to make their fifth state tournament in school history, fourth under Hegerle.
K-M made three other state appearances under Hegerle from 2002-04 and in 2002 were state runner-up. Each of those three years the girls won two of three matches. The other appearance came under coach Ron Prigge in 1983 when they defeated Stewartville for the championship 2-0 in Section 1A. It took 30 years for K-M to win a section one title.
Coach Hegerle said the big win over Stewartville gave the girls confidence, especially after losing to the Tigers 3-0 at home a month earlier. "I'm elated for the girls. They all worked so hard for this," said Hegerle. "They have stepped it up. This group is hungry."
The KoMets were well on their way with a commanding 25-17 first game win. Chatfield had other ideas though and came to life and won game two 20-25. Maybe this was going to be a little tougher than K-M figured. Then K-M rebounded with a decisive 25-16 win.
K-M fell behind Stewartville in their first game and came back. Game four with Chatfield was similar. They were down 18-14, 23-19 and trailed 24-23 ...READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE BY PURCHASING THE DCI TODAY.
You can tell something good happened with this K-M point. It signified K-M will be making their fifth state volleyball appearance after winning game four over Chatfield 28-26. Assistant coach Adam VanOort, in the background, may have jumped as high as any of the girls after the crucial point. Photo by Tammy Kennedy.