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Volleyball Falls in Five in State Championship to Salpointe

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Notre Dame Prep volleyball team dropped a five-set thriller to No. 2 seed Salpointe in the AIA 4A State Championship match 3-2 on Saturday at Mesquite High School. The Saints fell 22-25, 25-15, 26-24, 21-25, 11-15 in their only loss of the season.

“I told the team they are winners in so many other ways, from who they are as people and how they treat each other and the respect they have earned from the administration and other sports teams,” said Head Coach Holly McLean. “Winning the state championship does not determine the success of their season.”

Salpointe opened the match taking the first set 22-25 but the Saints railed to take the second 25-15 and edged out the Lancers in the third set 26-24. But Salpointe had their own rally by taking the fourth 21-25 and the fifth 11-15.

McLean says goodbye to five seniors who set the culture of the program that reached the 5A semifinals in 2019 and 4A finals in 2020.

“They are great leaders and they taught me about leadership,” said McLean. “They have helped put Notre Dame Prep on the map and really effected our culture to where there is a new standard and expectation. Hopefully, the torch gets passed.”

Senior Kandace Kramer finished her career with great memories of her team.

“I am so proud of these girls and everything they have accomplished,” said Kramer. “We were 17-0 going into State. In such a sad time with all the CoVID stuff, it truly has been my light everyday and I could not be more grateful for this team.”

Freshman Evan Hendrix led the team with 22 kills and four aces. Senior Emily Brummer added 11 kills and junior McKenna Douglas recorded 24 digs.

“For a freshman she played consistently and solid and rose to the occasion,” said McLean.

The Saints finished 17-1 overall, winning the 4A West Region title and finishing the 4A State Runner-up.

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