Volleyball Wildcats fall to Hermann in season opener

MCHS loses in 3 games

By Theo Tate
Posted 9/8/21

With 30 conference championships, 34 district titles and 14 state crowns, Hermann is a Missouri state volleyball powerhouse.

But that doesn’t scare the Montgomery County …

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Volleyball Wildcats fall to Hermann in season opener

MCHS loses in 3 games

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With 30 conference championships, 34 district titles and 14 state crowns, Hermann is a Missouri state volleyball powerhouse.


But that doesn’t scare the Montgomery County Wildcats.

“Hermann has been a tough team for us for years, but I don’t think that’s necessarily something that should bring us down,” MCHS senior Ella Cobb said. “I think we should use that as motivation and we should use it to bring us all together and try to beat them.”

The Wildcats were setting their sights on winning a season-opening match for the second year in a row on Aug. 31, when they traveled to Hermann to take on the Bearcats in the 2021 opener for both teams. But Hermann denied that opportunity, winning 25-10, 25-21, 25-13 in a match that lasted an hour.


“We just started off too slow,” said MCHS coach Rachel Leu, whose team started its 2020 season with a win over North Callaway. “When you do that against a team like Hermann, you’re just basically giving them points. We want to work on not being that team that gives away so many easy points for our opponent.”

The biggest highlight for the Wildcats was their performance in the second game. They came back from a 12-8 deficit to tie it at 15-15 after senior Sarah Cluver served back-to-back aces. Then, Hermann went on a 4-0 run to take a 19-15 lead and went on to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

“That was fun to watch,” Leu said. “I was sitting there in the first set going, ‘We can do better.’ What that tells me is the girls are responding well. I would like for them to do it a little bit sooner to give ourselves more of a chance, maybe in that first set or so.”

Hermann, which won 25 matches and placed third in the Class 3 state tournament last year, was led by junior Holly Heldt with 11 kills and senior Cydney Moeckli with 14 assists.

Cobb said despite the loss, her team turned in a strong performance against the Bearcats.

“I thought we played really good,” the senior said. “I know that we may not have won, but I thought we put up a really good fight. I think we put up a better fight than we had in years past.”

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