Louisville High School Volleyball saw one of their most successful seasons in school history. New head coach Lauren Waggoner, new assistant coach Ashley Kohles, and returning assistant coach Bob Hupf all contributed to the successful volleyball season. Coach Lauren Waggoner was a first-year coach, but didn’t let this affect her determination to make the volleyball team a force to be reckoned with. The team had many accomplishments that helped in making the season a success. A couple of those accomplishments were; beating state-ranked team Freeman, taking 2nd place at Malcolm Invitational, and winning 3rd place in the East Central Nebraska Conference Tournament. The team ended their season with a 21-12 record. This record would go on to tie the school record for most wins in a season. Below are the volleyball team’s wins and losses for the 2016 season.
The number of wins in a season wasn’t the only record broken this volleyball season. Seniors Olivia Heard, Maggie Hiatt, and Jamie Winkler all broke individual school records. Olivia Heard broke the most assists in a season with 749 assists and most career assists with 2,290 assists. Maggie Hiatt broke four records; most kills in a match with 29 kills, most kills in a career with 1,153 kills, most ace blocks in a season with 100 ace blocks, and most ace blocks in a career with 360 ace blocks. Jamie Winkler broke the most digs in a career with 1,287 digs.
The Lady Lions went into districts with plenty of momentum, coming off a big victory against Palmyra during the last home game. The team was seeded third out of five teams going into districts. The first challenge was against second-seeded Fort Calhoun, who had beat the Lions previously in the year. It was a four-set battle, but the Lions came out on top and advanced to sub-district finals the next day. The sub-district final was a match between third-seeded Louisville and first-seeded Concordia. After three close sets, Louisville fell to Concordia. Concordia later went on to win the Class C-1 State Tournament. Louisville’s season ended that night with heartbreak and tears. Seniors, Rilee Holl, Olivia Heard, Maggie Hiatt, and Jamie Winkler saw the last of their high school volleyball careers. Despite the sorrowful ending, the Lady Lions’ season was something to be very proud of. The returning players and coaches are thrilled to continue the success next volleyball season.