“It was senior night, so I’m sure the girls were a little amped,” said varsity head coach Keith Rambin. “If I’m being honest, we played one of our most flawless games of the year.”
And flawless is was.
Wapakoneta volleyball hosted Kenton in the regular season finale, and swept the Wildcats 3-0; 25-13, 25-16, 25-11.
“We didn’t have a lot of hitting errors, we didn’t have a lot of blocking errors,” Rambin said. “It’s hard at this level to always play consistent.”
And the Redskins did just that.
“Tonight, I think for the first time, we played three games of high-level volleyball. We never let up,” Rambin said.
It was the last home match for the seniors on this squad, and Rambin gathered his seniors for a talk after the match.
“I told them that before they got here and before I got here, the program was struggling a little bit, they had won 11 games in three season,” Rambin said. “Tonight, in our three seasons together, I told them it was win No. 43.”
Rambin said he was proud of the way the girls played on senior night, and said he wants to carry this momentum of near-perfect volleyball into sectional play.
“We’re playing Van Wert, a team that we lost to a week ago,” Rambin said. “We had them beat, and we let it slip away. If we play like this, we’ll be fine.”
Wapakoneta travels to Lima Senior High School on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. to take on Van Wert High School.
The winner of that game will play the winner of the Defiance/St. Marys match.
Wapakoneta finished the season with a regular-season record of 13-8. Last year, the Redskins finished with a record of 13-8, and the year before they finished with a record of 13-8.
Last year, however, the Redskins were able to make a deep tournament run
“We ended up finishing 16-9 last year because of our deep tournament run,” Rambin said. “Hopefully we got a couple more wins in us.”
Rambin told his seniors that the last three years may have been rough, and he may have been hard on them at times, but he told his seniors that hopefully, it was all worth it.
“I told them that they were a big reason that the program is now a success and that there was a big turn around,” Rambin said. “Admittedly I’ve coached them hard, no doubt. Despite me coaching them hard, I hope that some day after this season and wake up and realize it was all worth it.”