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Ronan’s Maidens in hunt for hardware

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FLORENCE – As first year head coach Adrienna DeCock stepped out onto her new volleyball court, she had a plan – to make it to divisionals and bring home some hardware. 

The Maidens have not competed in the Divisional Tournament since dropping down to Class B two years ago, and DeCock is optimistic this will be the year the Maidens get their shot.

“This entire season has been a success,” DeCock said. “I don’t want them to settle.”

The Maidens dominated Mission in Friday’s 3-0 game, securing their spot at the District Tournament to be held in Florence Nov. 7.

Alaina Madsen led the Maidens with eight kills and five aces with Christine Robinson helping out with 22 assists and 10 digs. 

Though the Maidens took a bit of a tumble the next two games in the tournament, they played tough, learned lessons and gained experience needed for postseason play.

In the first of the two losses, Ronan was dropped by number one seed Florence, 0-3. Florence ended the tournament with a first place spot.

Danielle Richwine had 14 digs and a couple of aces while Alaina Madsen threw down five kills.

The Maidens next faced Loyola-Scared Heart taking a 0-3 loss.

Kendra Starkel and Sydnee Clairmont each put up six kills. Robinson was 12 and 12 in digs and assists.

Despite the losses, Coach DeCock is pleased with her girls. 

“I am really happy, they are playing great and improving,” she said. “Having a new coach come in is not easy, but they have responded well.”

DeCock has emphasized the importance of the girls’ academics, stating “it’s not the wins or losses on the volleyball court that’s important, it’s school first.” All her Maidens are exceptional at focusing on an academic level and are all great students, according to DeCock.

DeCock is also impressed with how well the girls are “willing to step out into the community.” The Maidens have shown excellent community support, volunteering their help to community events such as Harvest Fest. 

“They were great,” DeCock said. “They played with the kids and just had a lot of fun. It’s good to see them kick back to the community.”

Showing great leadership skills are Maiden seniors Robinson, Raymie Clairmont, and Madsen. “They’ve all done a really good job leading the whole team,” DeCock said. 

Juniors Sydnee Clairmont and Kendra Starkel have also left quite the impression on DeCock. “They’ve really stepped up and laid down key plays all season,” she said.

With post season play looming in their future, the Maidens are working on aggressiveness, ball tracking and setting up plays with “hardware” on their mind.

“We’ll take it one game at a time,” Coach DeCock said. “If we show up with our A game, anything can happen.”

The Maidens will compete in the District Tournament in Florence Nov. 7, working toward a hopeful spot in Divisionals.

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