Bishop Miege volleyball seniors honored

On Tuesday Bishop Miege volleyball senior manager Royal Shurm, left, setter Claira Creach, No. 3, and middle hitter Hannah Weber, No. 20, were honored before the Lady Stags match against Blue Valley West.
On Tuesday Bishop Miege volleyball senior manager Royal Shurm, left, setter Claira Creach, No. 3, and middle hitter Hannah Weber, No. 20, were honored before the Lady Stags match against Blue Valley West.

When Claira Creach and Hannah Weber emerged from the locker room on Tuesday night their cheeks were a little damp and eyes red.

The Bishop Miege seniors were handed two losses on a night meant to honor them, falling to Gardner Edgerton 19-25, 22-25, and Blue Valley West 14-25, 14-25.

As much as they would have liked to have walked off the court victorious, winning on senior night isn’t the goal, but hoisting another state trophy.

Coach Kathleen Ludwig said a big piece of the Lady Stags’ season has been perseverance.

“A lot of wins we felt we’re right on the cusp of have not gone our way,” Ludwig said. “We try to keep (sub-state and state) in the future as much as that is the ultimate goal, I think we get there by competing with (teams like Blue Valley West) and playing well against the EKL. I don’t think you can find a tougher league.”

If Bishop Miege were to reign at the end of the season, it will be the fourth state title for Creach and Weber.

Ludwig had more to say about the seniors after the matches:

 

Senior Claira Creach, No. 3, sets a ball for senior middle hitter Hannah Weber, No. 20.
Senior Claira Creach, No. 3, sets a ball for senior middle hitter Hannah Weber, No. 20.

 

Hannah Weber is escorted to center court by her parents.
Hannah Weber is escorted to center court by her parents.

 

Senior Claira Creach, right, gives coach Kathleen Ludwig a hug during the senior night ceremony.
Senior Claira Creach, right, gives coach Kathleen Ludwig a hug during the senior night ceremony.

 

Sophomore Mallory White attempts to put down a ball in Set 1 against Gardner Edgerton.
Sophomore Mallory White attempts to put down a ball in Set 1 against Gardner Edgerton.