Last Thursday, the Knox College Prairie Fire volleyball team hosted the Panthers of Greenville College and was defeated in three close sets 24-26, 25-27, and 21-25.
The Prairie Fire were led by junior Katharina Schulte with 21 kills, one ace, and two blocks, while Knox’s two seniors, Jaclyn Anderson and Shannon Liston, combined to have 14 kills, one ace, and three blocks in their final game inside Memorial Gym on Tim Heimann Court.
“The game versus Greenville was probably one of the toughest losses to endure this season,” said junior Cory Bieber. “It was really hard to give it our all but not pull out a win for our seniors. I know that it would have meant a lot to them to go out with a win. It seemed like every great play we made they would counter with one, and we just couldn’t make the points when they counted the most. It was nice to see so many people come out and support us for the last game of the year.”
Anderson had 125 kills, four aces, and 56 blocks overall this year, and Liston had 76 kills, three aces, and 18 blocks, while Schulte led the team with 266 kills, 26 aces, and 56 blocks. The Prairie Fire finished their season with an overall record of 4-15 and 2-7 record in the Midwest Conference.
“It was definitely a frustrating year,” Bieber said. “There were a lot of ups and downs that really tested our strength as a team. Team members quitting during our season hurt us a lot, but we had to respect individual’s decisions and use what we had. So many of our games were in our grasp. We just couldn’t capitalize on some of our opportunities.”
Freshman Lisa Blagg added, “We really bonded as a team and came together at the end there. I enjoyed the season.”