ANDALE, Kan.—Rose Hill stepped on the court for the sub-state championship match against Wichita Trinity with a look of determination. The Lady Rockets quietly went about their business in the first set.
The Trinity bench was loud, as well as its student and parent section. It was on its feet for the entire first set, a set that was lost 25-17 at the hands of Rose Hill.
“This entire week at practice that’s what we’ve been doing,” said Rose Hill Head Coach Melissa Segovia. “One match at a time, one point at a time. We wanted to focus all the way through, whistle to whistle so we could get done what we needed to get done.”
It needed to win the tournament in order to achieve the next notch on the list for the goal-oriented Lady Rockets. Rose Hill stepped on court, focused from whistle to whistle, and got the job done to the tune of a 25-17, 25-10 win over the Lady Knights of Trinity.
Kylie Pfaff of Rose Hill turned into a spike machine in the second set. Time after time, she bashed the ball down on the floor on the Trinity side of the net and the Lady Knights simply had no answer.
“We want to go to state and hopefully win state,” said Segovia.
This is Rose Hill’s second-straight trip to the state tournament, and Segovia said the team was blinded by the lights a bit in 2011. But with the experience of this year’s team, she is hoping for a different result.
“The experience this time has is so important,” said Segovia. “The players that went last year will be able to help the younger players along because they know what to expect this year, so hopefully things turn out a little bit differently.”