September 14th, 2017

Toppers going for a 3-peat at the All "A"

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer

Toppers going for a 3-peat at the All "A"
file photo by Conor Revell

Presentation’s volleyball team has a chance to make history this weekend at St. Henry in Northern Kentucky when it tries to become only the second school to win three straight All “A” Classic Statewide Volleyball titles.

St. Henry is the only program that can claim to have done that feat and is the most likely team that would stop the Toppers from accomplishing their goals.

“It’s going to be an important weekend for us,” Pres head coach Tom Sawyer said. “This tournament means a lot to me because it means a lot to the players. They have a chance to make history. St. Henry is looking to get back on top while we’re trying to match them and make our own history. We have a bunch of new seniors and this is their first time and it means a ton to them.”

Last week, the two teams met in the Louisville Volleyball Invitational Tournament where St. Henry won 2-1 over the Toppers.

“We will have to do a better job of reading their blocks,” Jenna Story said. “Last weekend we were putting too much pressure on ourselves. We need to go out there, be ourselves, and have fun. We don’t need to play with pressure.”

But, Pres was missing one very important component; last year’s All “A” MVP Peyton McClinton missed the game because she was taking the ACT.

Even with McClinton back in the lineup, this year will be different. Lauren Nunnelley, Lilly Stephenson, Jalen Story, Peyton Johnston, and Cassie Jones are all gone.

The Toppers will rely a lot on McClinton, senior defensive specialist Jenna Story, junior Sophie Ball, and senior setter Taylor Starks to guide the way.

“We have a bunch of seniors on this team but Jenna and Peyton McClinton have been on the varsity team since they were sophomores,” Sawyer said. “They’re the leaders. Taylor Starks will continue to run the show and she has done a great job and was on the bench last year. But, I look to Peyton and Jenna to take charge.”

Jenna Story and McClinton are the only two Toppers that started last year while Ball saw significant playing. Starks was there on the bench.

“They definitely have asked a lot of questions about how it is,” Jenna Story said. “But with the change of the format from one day to two days, it’s going to be different for all of us. I think everybody is more excited than nervous. They don’t know what to expect but they’re really excited.”

Presentation is in Pool C with Kentucky Country Day, Walton-Verona, and Washington County. The top two teams from each pool will advance.

St. Henry is in Pool A and would meet Pres in the semifinals.

Pool play is Friday night and Saturday morning before bracket play starts at lunchtime with the championship game being played at 3 p.m. Saturday. 


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