State Volleyball

By Dan BechtoldEditor

Community member came together Sunday evening to welcome home the Winner High School volleyball team who played in the state tournament.

The Winner Lady Warriors won the SoDak 16 and qualified for the state meet which was held this last weekend in Watertown. The girls played three matches in the Watertown Civic Arena. They lost to Hamlin and Madison and defeated Hill City.

At Sunday’s celebration, coach Jaime Keiser said the team is fortunate to have been able to get this far due to COVID-19.“This is a special team of amazing girls who never cared who got the stats or the credit, all they wanted to do was win,” explained the coach

Keiser said the play at state was a complete team effort.

“The state meet did not go as we were hoping. We were excited to see Hamlin and everyone on this team wishes we could have that match back,” said the coach. “I know these girls could have played a lot better against Hamlin,” she added. “I know how much potential they have and we did not put that full potential into the Hamlin match.

Keiser was proud of how the girls came out against Madison the next day. She said Winner gave 110 percent. The coach added the girls gave 110 percent against Hill City and came up with a win. “I am very honored to have been able to coach these girls. I would not want to coach any other team.” Assistant coach Jenna Phillips spoke along with the five seniors.

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