LANCASTER — The Notre Dame Titans lost Wednesday night in a Division IV Regional Volleyball Semifinals to the Delaware Christian High School Eagles, losing three sets to none.
The sets themselves were much closer than the final 3-0 tally. The Titans lost both of the first two sets by a total of five points, while remaining tied more than halfway through the third set before the Eagles pulled away. Both sides held their composure in a loud and rowdy high school volleyball environment. Both schools student sections enjoyed creating some havoc for the players, as well as several parents around the stadium. It created a tight atmosphere that manifested itself within the game with several lead changes and ties late in sets.
The Titans had a season for the ages. They were only defeated one time on the year, by the hands of Unioto high school, which was much larger than Notre Dame. Head Coach Kelsey Glockner spoke about the significance of this year after the game.
“It was a really really special season this year, losing only one regular season match, making it all the way to the regional,” Glockner said. “I have a great group of seniors, a great group of kids, and this loss really stings but there’s a lot to be proud of with what we accomplished this season beyond just this loss tonight.”
It was indeed a season beyond what Notre Dame and many around the area had hoped for, and Glockner is excited for what that means in seasons to come.
“I think where the program is semi new, getting used to this big stage is a big adjustment that’s made,” Glockner said. “You know loud, school you’ve never played at, huge student sections, they can’t hear me, there’s just a lot that comes in when you get to this level. It’s something you can’t really teach but it’s a huge game changer when you’re not used to making it this far.”
The Titans will lose three seniors to graduation; Emma Monroe, Hagen Shaefer and Mackenzie Brown.
“The mark that these three seniors have left on this program will carry through,” Glockner said. “They’ve set a really high bar for the program to continue. Our setter reached 1000 assists this year, and Emma’s one of the best all-around players in the area, so they’re going to be hard to replace. Mackenzie is a hard worker, she comes in and she’s one of our best servers. They’ve left a huge stamp with the younger girls and inspire them, as well as show them what they need to carry on to keep the program successful.”
Hagen Shaefer finished the night with four kills, four digs, and 24 assists. Emma Monroe had three assists, six kills, and 10 digs. Junior Lexi Smith led the team in kills with 16 and added on nine digs.