STM volleyball falls short in state semifinal match

NORMAL — Deja vu washed over St. Thomas More volleyball in two waves Friday afternoon.

The first arrived as the Sabers dropped the opening set of their Class 2A state semifinal bout with Pleasant Plains at Redbird Arena. The outcome mimicked STM’s start to last year’s championship match, in which it fell behind Quincy Notre Dame after a game.

Class 2A state volleyball: capsule glances

Fearsome four

A quartet of teams remain in the fight for a Class 2A state volleyball championship, with semifinal bouts taking place today at Normal's Redbird Arena. A closer look at each qualifier:

FIRST SEMIFINAL: St. Thomas More Sabers (36-4) vs. Pleasant Plains Cardinals (32-6), noon today

DeLorenzo serves key role for STM volleyball

CHAMPAIGN — Teagan DeLorenzo was part of a surge this time last year.

As a junior with the St. Thomas More volleyball program, her class accounted for seven of 15 team members on the eventual state-champion Sabers.

Flash forward, and just three of those athletes remain with coach Stan Bergman's squad.

Signing Day 2018-19: Locals heading to college

Photos from local high school athletes during the 2018-19 school year signing with their various colleges to continue athletic careers. Submit your photo at clikas@news-gazette.com.

Area volleyball leaders: Nov. 7, 2018


(Minimum 2.00 average)

Player, School Kills Avg.

Taylor Powell, ALAH 413 5.10

Katelyn Young, Oakwood 235 5.00

Raeanne Allen, D-W 325 4.85

Kennedy Bauer, Watseka 350 4.73

Sarah Porter, A-P 372 4.54

Emily Meidel, BHRA 285 4.52

Savannah Matthews, M-S 338 4.33

Grace Burnside, Tri-County 270 4.29

St. Thomas More vs. Seneca volleyball highlights

Video highlights from the Class 2A Watseka Super-Sectional volleyball match between St. Thomas More and Seneca on Nov. 2, 2018, with postmatch reaction from Sabers coach Stan Bergman and athlete Allie Trame, as well as Irish coach Noah Champene.

Tears of joy for Sabers, Trame

WATSEKA — Tears spilled from Allie Trame's eyes following Friday night's Class 2A Watseka Super-Sectional volleyball match against Seneca.

They didn't drip after a St. Thomas More loss.

Youth served on STM volleyball team

CHAMPAIGN — Not all freshmen are created equally.

Some will participate in high school sports but not quite crack the varsity level. More development is required, in some sense.

Then there are youngsters like Anna McClure and Caroline Kerr.

St. Thomas More vs. St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball highlights

Video highlights from the Class 2A BHRA Sectional final between St. Thomas More vs. St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball on Oct. 31, 2018, with postmatch reaction from Sabers coach Stan Bergman and athletes Anna McClure and Caroline Kerr, as well as Spartans coach Abby McDonald.

Defending champions STM Sabers are one win away from state

BISMARCK — In an alternate universe, Anna McClure and Caroline Kerr could have been trick-or-treating Wednesday night.

Asked whether they would have preferred that or winning a sectional volleyball championship, though, and the choice was clear.

The St. Thomas More freshmen can get candy some other time.