Senior boy Volleyball players step out onto the court for the last time on Senior Night

By Jimmy Higgins

 On May 7, the boy’s Varsity Volleyball team celebrated Senior Night. Before the game, all Senior players and managers were recognized. Senior players included Captains Mark Reichert and Jason Barth, and Jake Tecklenburg. Senior managers included Meghan Wood and Maddie Eifert. After missing most of the season with a broken hand, Tecklenburg was able to start the final home game of the season.

Collin Toedtmann spikes the ball through the block made the FZE players.
Collin Toedtmann spikes the ball through the block made the FZE players.

“The best part of Senior Night was being able to go out on the court in front of the home crowd one last time,” Tecklenburg said.

For their final home game, the Knights went up against the Oakville Tigers. This game was a rematch from the O’Fallon Tournament from the past weekend where Oakville defeated the Knights in two games. The team was looking forward to this game and wanted to get revenge from their weekend defeat.

“After they [Oakville] beat us on Saturday, we all wanted to get revenge on Tuesday and deliver the win for our seniors,” outside hitter Logan Bergman said.

In the first game, the Knights came out hot but after passer errors by multiple players, Oakville took the lead and never gave it back and won the first game with a score of 25-18. In the second game, the Knights struggled as they had nine missed serves and were defeated by the Tigers with a score of 25-15.

“Our passing in the first game really hurt us and in the second game, our serving errors definitely hurt us,” junior Ethan Bond said.

With Districts approaching fast, the boys are taking this week of practice extremely serious and are trying to improve on their weaknesses. The players and coach are hoping to win Districts and advance to the State tournament.

“For the next three days of practice, we need to work hard and get our confidence up so we can win Districts and go for state,” Tecklenburg said.