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Monarchs enter sub-state as No. 8 seed

Published on -10/19/2012, 10:26 AM

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By KLINT SPILLER

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Thomas More Prep-Marian volleyball coach Natausha Dreher is aware her team is 3-28, but she said that's no reason for her girls to hang their heads.

"I don't think there's a single girl out there that would say 'I'm glad we are 3-28,' but they are growing and they are learning," Dreher said. "If we sit there and wallow about our record, we are not going to expand as a team."

The Monarchs head into the Class 3A sub-state on Saturday at Hoisington as the bottom seed and will face No. 1 seed Holcomb (28-7) at 2 p.m.

Dreher doesn't want her girls to back down from a challenge, and because of that, the Monarchs aren't focused on simply contending with Holcomb. They want to upset the Longhorns.

"As a coaching staff and players, we are all on the same page -- take down Holcomb," Dreher said.

TMP played Holcomb once before on Oct. 6 at a tournament in Scott City and lost 25-17, 25-12.

In order to get to state, TMP likely will have to beat three 20-win teams, because if TMP gets past Holcomb, it will face the winner of Cimarron (26-9) and and Scott City (21-14). On the other side of the bracket, the top seeds are Hoisington (28-8) and Lakin (26-9).

"Ultimate goal: get to state. We are just going to tear them down one at a time," Dreher said. "This week, we have learned Holcomb like the back of our hand. While yes, we are focusing on these other teams, we've got to complete step No. 1 first."

The Monarchs have undergone film study all week, watching Holcomb and recording their tendencies. Dreher said her squad hopes to exploit Holcomb's weaknesses.

"The girls have these folders where they break down the whole team," Dreher said. "They break down the defense, they break down the setters, they break down the hitters, they break down everything. They really got into that (Wednesday)."

The season has been a long one, but Dreher has encouraged an upbeat attitude. With a squad composed of predominately underclassmen, the Monarchs have focused on getting better each week.

"We are a young team, and with some of us, it's their first year playing on varsity," sophomore middle hitter Kaylor Gottschalk said. "It's a big difference from middle school."

Gottschalk said there are motivational quotes posted throughout their locker room that have helped them stay positive.

"We have been thinking about that, and if we practice harder, we can succeed," she said.

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