COLUMBUS – There is a time where all good things must come to an end.
That time was Tuesday night for the Shiner volleyball team, who suffered a 3-1 setback at the hands of Burton at Columbus High School. The scores were 25-22, 23-25, 25-13, 25-22.
Burton advanced to the Region IV-Class A semifinal round where it will face Yorktown at 5 p.m. today at Brenham High School. Shiner ended its first season under Megan Klimitchek with a 27-15 record.
“I can’t really put into words what this season meant to me,” Klimitchek said. “I could not have asked for a better team, coaching staff or fans. I’m truly blessed and thankful for everyone who supported us.”
The Lady Comanches opened the match on a 4-2 run behind a pair of kills from Amanise Coleman, a kill from Lauren Oden and an ace from Kristin Schacherl. But Burton went on a 21-13 run to build a 23-17 lead.
Despite a 5-1 Shiner run to cut the lead to 24-22, the Lady Panthers scored the 25th point to take a 1-0 match lead. Coleman, Oden and LaNeshia Hunt all had kills during the Lady Comanches’ final run.
Burton looked primed to take a 2-0 match lead as it jumped out to an 18-3 lead. But Shiner never quit as the Lady Comanches used a 20-4 lead to take a 23-22 lead.
During the rally, Coleman recorded two blocks and a kill, Hunt and Emmalie Berkovsky both had a pair of kills, Oden and Schacherl both had aces and Jennifer Hartl posted a kill. The Lady Panthers recorded a kill to tie the game before Hunt recorded a kill and Burton committed an error to give Shiner the second game and tie the match at one game apiece.
The third game belonged to the Lady Panthers. Burton broke a 4-4 tie with a 21-8 run to take a 2-1 match lead and move within a game victory of clinching the match.
The Lady Comanches opened the fourth game on an 18-11 tear. Coleman sparked the run with three kills and a pair of blocks, while Hunt recorded two kills, Tamara Hajek recorded an ace, and Oden and Julianna Rankin both had kills.
The Lady Panthers didn’t go away though. They used a 14-4 run to rally for the match-clinching win.
Tuesday’s match was the final high school volleyball contest for a trio of Shiner seniors – Berkovsky, Hunt and Oden.
“The seniors were my team leaders,” Klimitchek said. “They made life so easy for me and they did everything I asked them to do.”
“Our teamwork brought us together,” Berkovsky added. “We knew we had to work together and play our hardest.”
Coleman (team-high 12 kills, team-high 4 blocks, 2 digs), Hajek (team-high 4 aces, 3 digs), Hunt (19 digs, team-high 12 kills, block), Rankin (team-high 27 digs, 7 kills, 3 blocks), Schacherl (team-high 31 assists, 25 digs, 2 aces, 2 blocks) and Tabitha Blaschke (5 digs, team-high 4 blocks, kill) led the way for the Lady Comanches. Berkovsky (7 digs, 3 kills, block), Oden (17 digs, 5 kills, 4 assists, 2 blocks, ace) and Meagan Chumchal (23 digs) also contributed.