WICHITA, Kan. -

Trinity volleyball took home 2nd place in the first trip to State in school history; losing to Santa Fe, a team they beat in pool play.

“It’s hard to beat a team twice especially with the way the Friday game went,” said senior hitter Annie Friesen. “That game gave them an intense desire to eat us. It was just too bad their grudge match had to be the championship.”

Trinity was in a faceoff Friday night in pool play against Santa Fe taking two out of three sets (23-25, 25-12, 25-22). However, on Saturday Trinity lost a nail biter in three sets after coming back in the second set to tie the match (16-25, 25-23, 18-25). The girls had a great attitude after the game.

“Winning isn’t everything,” said senior setter Jenna Goscha. “No matter what the scoreboard says at the end of the game, we are all family and I wouldn’t want to be on any other team.”

Trinity had a great fan base at each of days they played in Salina for state. The team appreciated the support and for Friesen it fueled her play.

“I love having fans at the game. They help me get pumped up and it’s good to hear them cheering us on. I’m so thankful for each person that came to support us.”

Previously at regional play last weekend, Head Coach Marie Goscha encouraged each of the girls to play with no regrets, especially the seniors that may play in their last games. Friesen says she does not regret anything.

“I have no regrets,” said Friesen. “I had so much fun with the best team I could’ve asked for. We made history and there is nothing to regret about how far we went.”

With much success, Marie has been able to enjoy many favorite moments with her team, but her favorite came while eating dinner with her team.

“Seeing the players and about twenty of the fans sitting around a huge dining table at Logan’s steakhouse after the game holding hands and praying before dinner was very moving,” said Marie.

Trinity will have three players next year from this year’s team with state experience that will help build another successful volleyball team at Trinity.

“Kaleigh, Jessie and Ashley have learned from some of the best and I have no doubt that they can lead next year’s team to be successful,” said Marie.

The volleyball team will hang up its first banners in the Trinity Academy. It is safe to say that Trinity has established themselves as a volleyball powerhouse in the Central Plains League.