Tigers play well, but denied spot in volleyball final four


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Holy Trinity's Emily Tobkes (No. 4), shown here during the Pink Game, was one of six seniors who played their final game for the Tigers Tuesday night. Holy Trinity made the Class 5A regional finals for the third straight year, but lost a close match to Lake Highland Prep.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

They gave it everything they had.

But in the end, it just wasn’t enough.

The Holy Trinity volleyball team traveled to Lake Highland Prep for the Class 5A regional final Tuesday night, but the Tigers fell in three close sets, 25-23, 26-24 and 25-15.

“It was a very good match between evenly matched teams,” Tigers coach Pete Klonowski wrote in an email. “I am very proud of the way the team performed. We were outstanding defensively, but just came up a little short.”

It was the third straight trip to the regional finals for the Tigers (20-6), who are still searching for their first trip the final four in program history.

Still, Holy Trinity certainly had a season for its players and families to  proud of. After dominating their district once again, the Tigers are ranked No. 19 in the state by MaxPreps. Lake Highland Prep (23-2) is ranked third in the state and 37th nationally.

Senior Emily Vaught led the Tigers with 13 kills. Senior Emily Tobkes had seven kills, three blocks and an ace. Junior Lara Boos had seven kills, a team-high six blocks and an ace.

Sophomore Emily Noe had 26 assists to go with 12 digs and three blocks. Senior Courtney Noe had a team-high 14 digs and an ace. Senior Chloe Greene had 11 digs and an ace.

With the season now over, the Tigers will say goodbye to a decorated group of seniors that include Vaught, Tobkes, Courtney Noe, Greene, Bailey Vickers and Kaytee Castillo.

“It was a tough loss for our seniors,” Klonowski wrote. “These six players have given so much to the volleyball program at Holy Trinity.

“They are a huge reason for us being able to win five consecutive district titles and compete in the regional final for the past three years.”