Tigers put up plenty of fight, but fall 3-1 in regional final
Lara Boos and the Holy Trinity Tigers gave it their all in Tuesday night's Class 5A regional final against Trinity Catholic, but it was the Celtics that came away with the 3-1 win. Boos, a senior, is the program's all-time leader in kills and blocks.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
They put up one heck of a fight, but in the end, the Holy Trinity Tigers saw their season come to an end in the regional volleyball finals for the fourth consecutive year.
Trinity Catholic defeated the host Tigers in the Class 5A regional finals Tuesday night, 25-23, 25-11, 23-25 and 25-21.
“They’re a very good team. Not our day today,” Holy Trinity coach Pete Klonowski said. “It was a pretty close match, though.”
It certainly was.
Three of the four sets came right down to the wire with the score tied late before one team would be able to edge out just enough to secure the win.
“We got in a rotation where we were struggling a little bit with ball control and we couldn’t get the ball put away,” Klonowski said. “Their defense was great. There were several balls that you’d think were down, but they got up.
“You’ve got to hand it to them. Their defense was very good.”
Holy Trinity (20-7) was led by senior Lara Boos with 13 kills and four blocks. Junior Emily Noe had 28 assists and 20 digs. Senior Aly Tyson had seven kills and six blocks. Junior Layla Matthews had five blocks. Junior Carmen Zipf had 23 digs and one ace.
Kayla Burge and Taylor Mullen each had one ace.
After rallying late in the first set only to have a couple of key errors, and some solid play by Trinity Catholic give the Celtics the 1-0, the Tigers seemed to lose their momentum in the second set and quickly fell behind 2-0.
The third set, however, was one to remember as the Tigers were able to score the final two points to pull it out.
“I was super proud,” Boos said. “In the past, honestly, I think we have just had that same mindset and gotten that game over with and we would have lost in three.
“But I think we’ve come a long way. I’m super proud that we changed our mindset, we changed our attitude, we changed our faces and came out with a better intensity and a better attitude and we played our game.”
After falling behind in the fourth set, the Tigers made another run at the Celtics, tying the score at 18-18 before Trinity Catholic was able to pull out the game and end Holy Trinity’s fourth straight attempt at reaching the final four.
It was the final game for seniors Boos, Tyson and Jenna Panarese, who will leave behind quite a legacy.
Boos said the moment didn’t really hit her until the Tigers got together one last time at the end of the game and she realized, “that’s it.”
For a team that had a few question marks coming into the season, having lost five of its top eight rotation players, the Tigers certainly accomplished a lot.
Not only did Holy Trinity win its sixth straight district championship, but the Tigers reached yet another regional final.
“We’ve come a long way since Day One,” Klonowski said. “This team has gotten a lot better. I’m proud of them. There was a lot of fight in there. We could have mailed it in the third set and we didn’t.
“They came out and they were doing the things I was asking them to do. We fought hard all the way to the end.”
It was a successful year for two of the Tigers’ top players as well.
Noe became the school’s all-time assists leader during the season and finished the season with 2,137 for her career – with one more year to play. Noe also has 736 digs, the third most in school history to go with 187 kills, 94 aces and 86 blocks.
Boos, meanwhile, set the single-game record for kills with 37 and finished her Holy Trinity career as the team’s all-time leader in kills with 845 and blocks with 173.
Her 134 aces rank No. 3 in program history and she also had 386 digs and 25 assists.
“Amazing,” Boos said of her time playing for the Tigers. “There aren’t words I can put to everything I’ve learned and everything I’ve accomplished.
“Everyone I’ve met in my Holy Trinity career for volleyball has helped me in some way, helped me improve my play mentally and physically. I couldn’t be more thankful.”