Tigers’ season comes to an end with loss in regional quarterfinals

Final game for seniors Noe, Zipf, Burge, Seage and Mathews


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Holy Trinity senior Emily Noe will go down as the program's all-time leader in assists, digs and aces. The Tigers had their season come to an end Thursday night with a loss to Kings Academy in the Class 3A regional semifinals.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

They were part of some of the best moments in Holy Trinity volleyball history.

But on Thursday night, in the regional quarterfinals of the Class 3A tournament, the high school careers of five seniors came to an end.

Kings Academy’s dominating front line, and ability to control the service game, proved to be too much for the Tigers to overcome. The Lions swept the matchup 25-16, 25-22 and 25-20.

“It really doesn’t matter what level of volleyball, from beginner to the national level, it’s a serve-serve receive game,” Tigers coach Pete Klonowski said. “And they won it by a long shot.

“They hurt our serve-receive. We were out of system most of the night. We started pressing, making some attack errors that we don’t normally make.”

It was the final game for Holy Trinity seniors Emily Noe, Carmen Zipf, Kayla Burge, Shelby Seage and Layla Mathews.

During their time with the Tigers, Holy Trinity ran its streak of district championships to seven. The team also made the regional finals four straight years, a streak that ended Thursday night.

“Great careers for all five of them,” Klonowski said. “They’re major contributors. We’ve experienced a lot of success … They’ve been big parts of those teams that have made some pretty deep runs into the state playoffs.”

While Holy Trinity (13-12) was in every set Thursday night, the Tigers simply couldn’t overcome a Kings Academy team (23-6) that may have been seeded sixth in the region, but was ranked No. 53 in the state by MaxPreps.

Noe finished with 25 assists and nine digs in her final game. Freshman Cassie Martin had 11 kills, 10 digs and three blocks. Junior Oliva Yochim had nine kills and three blocks.

Zipf had eight digs. Junior Taylor Mullen had 11 assists and an ace.

Noe, who plans to play for the University of Tampa next season, closed out her career as the program’s all-time leader in assists (2,482), digs (974) and aces (148). In addition, she also had 318 kills and 103 blocks.

“What can you say about the kid? She’s a game changer,” Klonowski said. “A four-year starter. She’s an exceptional talent, she really is.

“(Tampa) won the Division II national championship last year. It’s going to be a great opportunity for her. She’ll do very well there.”

While it was a tough night to go out, Noe and the rest of Holy Trinity’s seniors certainly have a lot of good memories and accomplishments to take with them.

“It was amazing,” Noe said. “I loved playing here. The chemistry among the team and Coach P and the fans … and just the volleyball in this gym … it was amazing.

“I’m happy that I’m able to leave a legacy here.”