St. Thomas More, Windsor-Stew-Stras set for state volleyball

Sabers making first appearance, Hatchets in for second straight season

NORMAL (WCIA) -- Two area high school volleyball teams are set for this weekend's state finals. Windsor-Stewardson-Strasburg is back at state for the second straight season, while St. Thomas More will make its first appearance in the Final 4.

"Really, really cooI," St. Thomas More senior Hayes Murray said. "I think it stands out in our program that we've been working for it every year that we've been here."

The Sabers (37-3) are one of seven teams making their school's first-ever state volleyball tournament appearance. It's an exciting time for the Sabers, who say this weekend has been four years in the making.

"Since freshman year this has been what we've talked about," Murray said.

"I just think they're excited to be here, the opportunity to compete at this level and on this stage," St. Thomas More head coach Stan Bergman said.

For Windsor-Stewardson-Strasburg, playing at Redbird is nothing new. The Hatchets (33-6) are back in Normal after finishing third in Class 1A last year. 

"Last year was a really good experience but this year I think it's just even more special coming back a second time in-a-row," Windsor-Stew-Stras senior Mikayla Haddock said.

"We had a lot of underclassmen last year," Windsor-Stew-Stras head coach Ronda Schlechte said. "They're stronger, they're better, so I feel like we do have that to go for us this year."

WSS will face Durand at 10:30 a.m. Friday morning in Class 1A play. St. Thomas More is set to take on Harvest Christian Academy at 1:30 p.m. in the Class 2A bracket.


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