Despite missing three key players, VASJ showed a lot of heart in winning the Mayfield Tournament on Oct. 6.
The Vikings won three matches over Kent Roosevelt, Twinsburg and Copley in the title tilt to claim the championship.
VASJ took down Kent Roosevelt in two games, Twinsburg in three and Copley in a thriller – 22-25, 25-20, 25-23.
“We are still a little banged up with injuries, but we played well and had some young girls out on the court step up,” Royer said.
Making the All-Tournament Team for VASJ was Bobbi Rempe and Emily Gail.
“Bobbi was great in the middle with blocks and all-around play, and Emily was solid anywhere we put her on the floor,” Royer said.
“Becca Korosec was fantastic getting people in the right spots. Reilly Seagroves was very solid. Emme Rowell was awesome. Hallie Paus and Erin Haley played outstanding. We just had a lot of girls play very well and I was proud of them. We never made excuses or got down.”
VASJ (11-9) was without Christian Wilson, Nyisha Hasan and Sophie Trickett for the Mayfield Tournament. The Vikings swept Cleveland Central Catholic on Oct. 4 in a tune-up for the tournament.
DIVISION II JEFFERSON DISTRICT DRAW
The bracket for the Division II Jefferson District was released with VASJ earning the No. 3 seed. The Vikings received a bye and will face either host Jefferson or Hubbard in the sectional finals 0n Oct. 20.
Fellow NCL members NDCL and Lake Catholic earned the top two seeds.
“Even though we didn’t have a winning record when the seeds were voted on, I think the other coaches recognized the level of competition we face,” Royer said. “It felt good to be recognized that way, but we know to get where we are going we are probably going to have to face several state-ranked teams. It is going to be a challenge.”
Royer is hopeful he will have a full, healthy roster for the postseason.
“I would love to see this team and full strength. That is a team that I would love to coach in the postseason and see what happens,” Royer said.