“She played very well, she was very active,” he said. “We need her to do that, she helps the whole defense and her play motivates the team.
The Eagles cut the first-set lead to 7-6, but were outscored 18-4 down the rest of the set and fell behind.
Things continued that way in the second set as Altamont jumped out to a 9-1 lead behind three Deidre Ledbetter aces.
St. Elmo hung around, keeping the lead near seven points, and had a long rally at 17-10 that was a bit deflating. The ball went back and forth with the Eagles playing stout defense, but a kill attempt was blocked by White.
The Eagles only scored three more points from there.
“Had we won that, the emotion and the face of the game might have changed momentarily, but I don’t think it would have changed the outcome,” Asher said.
Gabi Moore lead the Eagles with four kills, while Bethany Oberlink had three. Erica Behl had a team-high five assists, and Danie Austin led the way the team’s two aces.
Moore’s four digs also topped the team, and Courtney Howard was the only other player with more than one, registering two.
The loss ends St. Elmo’s season at 20-16 in the first year of the SE/B co-op, but finished strong.
“We did struggle on and off throughout,” Asher said. “We swept (the EIC) this year. The conference was down a bit, but it did a lot for our psyche to string some wins together and have confidence in ourselves.”
Kopplin tied with White for the team lead in kills with five, while Gabby Alwardt had three. Ledbetter and Macy Wendling each had two aces, while Wendling added 10 assists. Ledbetter topped the team with four digs, while White and Audrey Winters each had three.