Andale finishes regular season perfect, looking for back-to-back titles
ANDALE, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - When it comes to high school sports, the word ‘dominance’ and Andale High School go hand in hand. In 2021, the Indians won their first ever volleyball state championship, and in 2022, they’re making even more firsts, and doing just that: dominating.
Andale just put the finishing touches on their best regular season ever, a perfect 37-0 record. In fact, the Indians dominated their way through their schedule so much, they only lost one set all year.
“You know, we’ve figured out how to win,” Andale head coach Kaylie Bergkamp said.
After they brought home their state championship from last year, this team full of returners now knows what is required from them for the repeat.
“You cannot be satisfied,” Bergkamp said to her team. “The moment you are satisfied, it turns into a downfall at the state tournament… We’ve had to learn how to handle that pressure. Because the target is on us. We walk in and everybody wants to beat us.”
While the regular season wins are nice to talk about, Bergkamp says Andale is looking ahead to a bigger goal.
“We don’t ever set out to say, ‘Hey, we want to go undefeated.’ Obviously, that’s a plus to it. Our goal is winning a state championship.”
Now that the Indians have wrapped up their perfect season, their quest for back-to-back begins as they host sub-state starting Saturday.
“We’re all just working towards one common goal,” Andale senior Faith Molitor said. “We all just want the same thing.”
“I’m really excited because I know that we can,” senior McKenzie Fairchild said. “We just have to put our teamwork together, work together and things can happen.”
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