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Titans’ historic run ends in district finals

October 27, 2013

Cody Leist


PDT Sports Writer


JACKSON — The most prolific runs in school history came to a close Saturday afternoon for the Notre Dame volleyball team as No. 2 Waterford swept the top-seeded Titans 25-13, 25-12, 25-16 in a Division IV Southeast District Championship match.


“We came out pretty slow, they were a little bit faster than us, faster than the speed we had seen all season,” Notre Dame coach Sarah Castle said. “We worked some thing out but… it was not enough to go for it.”


After a hard-fought first set went to the Wildcats, the Titans was mired in a 21-3 slump in the second set but rallied with nine of the set’s final 13 points before going down two sets.


In the finale, Notre Dame raced out to its biggest lead at 9-7, forcing Waterford to burn a time out. However, the momentum for the Titans was short-lived as the Wildcats went on a 12-1 run and never looked back.


“Our girls played their hearts out, didn’t quit,” Castle said. “The ball didn’t hit the floor unless every single one of my girls was on the floor and that’s all you can ask for.”


The district final appearance was the first in school history for Notre Dame, which loses Emma Gohmann, Madi Phillips, Kiersten Angelos and Jaid Gampp to graduation.


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Waterford — 25 25 25


Notre Dame — 13 12 16


Records — Waterford 22-3; Notre Dame 21-5.