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Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 1:30 pm

Expect the unexpected.

Maybe that should be the Hermann volleyball theme this season after Hermann stunned St. Pius X of Festus Saturday afternoon to win the school’s 12th Class 2 state championship, 25-22, 25-18.

“They believed,” Hermann Head Coach Linda Lampkin said. “I’m having a hard time myself believing it.”

Hermann finished the season with a 26-14 season, and was 3-7 after the first 10 matches.

“Maybe it’s because we have such a tough schedule and we have all of those losses,” Lampkin said. “I think all of that prepared us for this. As we got closer to the end of the season, the girls started playing with more confidence. I really think they believed they could get it done the whole time.”

Hermann senior middle hitter Jamie Gleeson pointed out the team learned some tough lessons early in the campaign.

“It couldn’t have ended any better,” Gleeson said. “We actually have the worst record of a state championship team in Hermann.”

Senior middle hitter Kirsten Leimkehler said the fact people thought Hermann couldn’t do it proved to be strong motivation.

“I think that was one of our driving motivations,” Leimkuehler said. “We knew that people thought of us as underdogs. We just wanted to prove them wrong.”

Hermann’s 12 state titles is a new MSHSAA state record, breaking a tie the school previously shared with Incarnate Word Academy.

“Having the tradition and reputation Hermann has is a lot to uphold, so we don’t disappoint,” Gleeson said.

Hermann had lost to St. Pius (30-8-2) in the final round of pool play the day before. However, both games were very close and that left Lampkin and her staff encouraged that the team had a good chance during play Saturday.

“One thing that helped us yesterday was that the scores were close,” Lampkin said. “If you look at the stats, I think they had two more kills than us and everything else was pretty even. The fact that we were able to hang close with them yesterday gave our kids enough confidence that they could go out and get it done.”

The pool play match with St. Pius the previous day finished in a 26-24, 25-23 victory for the Festus school. Both games were decided at the very end.

Lampkin felt her team played with more confidence in the title match Saturday.

“I felt that St. Pius played a little nervous and a little scared today,” Lampkin said. “They swung at the ball a lot more yesterday than they did today. I think some of that has to do with our defense. We were picking the ball up and keeping the ball in play sometimes when it looked like it was going to go down. So, I thought they might have played a little more nervous than we did.”

In the title match, St. Pius pulled away midway through the game, forcing Lampkin to call a timeout at 14-9.

Hermann rallied and tied it at 18-18.

“This match we were more mentally prepared,” Gleeson said. “We knew what we had to do in this match compared to yesterday’s match. We were drained when we played yesterday and we knew we already had made it to the championship round. A loss wouldn’t hurt us. We came out tonight knowing what we had to get done and we finished it.”

From there, the Lady Bearcats slowly started to take over. Hermann broke a 20-20 tie and ran to the win, 25-22.

In the second game, St. Pius again took the early lead, but Hermann caught up at 6-6.

The second game was tied again at 10-10 when Hermann started to edge ahead.

The Lady Bearcats never trailed again. Hermann slowly added to its lead, winning by a 25-18 final score.

“It’s unbelievably amazing,” Leimkuehler said. “We worked really hard for this, all of us girls, and we deserve it.”

Overall, defense controlled the game for both teams. Hermann hit .132 for the match while St. Pius ended with a .026 attack percentage.

Senior Emilie Diebal led the team with eight kills while hitting .353 for the match.

Senior Jamie Gleeson was next with seven kills.

Senior Hayley Stiers posted six kills.

Senior Kirsten Leimkuehler ended the day with two kills.

Senior Kali Stiers added one kill.

Defensively, Hermann recorded 50 digs in the two sets.

Junior Tesla Ruediger led the team with 10 digs while senior Sydnee Pate and Leimkuehler each had nine digs.

Gleeson and Kali Stiers posted eight digs each. Hayley Stiers had three digs while sophomore Cameron Hackmann recorded two and Diebal closed with one dig.

Kali Stiers had 17 assists to lead the team. Hackmann and Ruediger contributed two assists apiece.

Gleeson, Ruediger and Kali Stiers each had one ace.

Hayley Stiers recorded a solo block. Hackmann and Leimkuehler each posted one block assist.

Jena Otec led St. Pius with six kills and added five digs, two aces and one solo block.

Madeline Kassen had three kills, six assists, six digs and one ace.


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games