Maroon beats White in VC All-Star Game
Dec. 3, 2012 at 6:03 a.m.
• Blair Butschek, Victoria West
• Deane Gallup, Victoria West
• Kayla Friend, Goliad
• Sha'Tiara Runnels, Hallettsville
• Becca Korenek, El Campo
• Adrienne Klimitchek, Hallettsville Sacred Heart
• Ashley Grahmann, Cuero
• Carly Boles, St. Joseph
• Morgan Lienemann, Victoria East
• McKenna Zacek, Industrial
• Danielle Pohl, Yoakum
• Amber Howell, Victoria East
• Avery Zamzow, Goliad
• Tallen Hermes, Calhoun
• Caroline Arellano, Edna
• Lesley Seidenberger, Yoakum
• Analise Ybarbo, St. Joseph
• Kourtney Knesek, Shiner St. Paul
• MaKayla Lenamon, Industrial
• Lauren Hlavaty, Ganado
• Brooke Brooks, St. Joseph
• Rachel Hamon, Victoria West
• Kelsea Kalich, Victoria West
There is a first time for everything.
Monday's Victoria College/Chick-Fil-A volleyball all-star game featured many of the sprawling digs, quick points and free-wheeling play like the previous three years. The difference, this time, was the match didn't go the distance. The loaded Maroon team pulled out a 25-18, 25-18, 20-25, 25-21 win over the White.
Things may have ended sooner had El Campo's Becca Korenek seemingly carried the White team at times.
Korenek led the Lady Birds in kills, digs and aces this season. For those who may not have seen the outside hitter too much this season, she exhibited how she produced 309 kills in 33 matches with an attack down the line to clinch Game 3 for the White team.
"It was intense," Korenek said. "We came out energetic. Both teams played very well and we all had fun."
Korenek was introduced to volleyball when her sister, Stephanie, played growing up. She recalls teaching herself how to serve and hit the ball down in a corner of the gym while her sister was practicing. In sixth grade she had her chance to take the court, and has been a mainstay since.
"I was really excited because it was my last game as a senior and I got to play with girls I played club volleyball with or played against in school," Korenek said.
Korenek played club volleyball for a Weimar-based team along with Yoakum's Lesley Seidenberger and Victoria West's Rachel Hamon, both of whom were on the Maroon team.
For some like Korenek, Seidenberger and others Monday may have been the last time they stepped on the court in a competitive volleyball match. Many of the girls took the time to savor the opportunity to slide on knee pads once again.
Afterward, the teams gathered for pictures, hugs and compliments. Yoakum middle blocker Danielle Pohl, who was on the White team, told Seidenberger it was difficult to try and block her Monday.
Seidenberger and Korenek shared one of those sentiment-filled hugs. The Yoakum senior said it was a privilege to be named one of the best seniors in the area and play with so many talented players.
"I had a really great time," Seidenberger said. "We had a lot of big hitters and great defense. We had a lot of talent on the team. I knew when I saw our team we would be pretty good."