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PREP VOLLEYBALL: St. Louis falls to Morley-Stanwood in district final

St. Louis player Riley Smith goes up for a block during district volleyball finals against Morley Stanwood at St. Louis High School Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. (Photo by Skip Traynor)

St. Louis players celebrate a point in the close-fought district finals match against Morley Stanwood at St. Louis High School Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. (Photo by Skip Traynor)

St. Louis players Michaela Austin (2) and Bri Alspaugh dive for a Morley Stanwood spike during district volleyball finals at St. Louis High School Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. (Photo by Skip Traynor)

St. Louis fans wave rally flags to celebrate a point in the close-fought district finals match against Morley Stanwood at St. Louis High School Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. (Photo by Skip Traynor)

It was a match fitting of a state final.

In a battle of top-five programs, No. 5-ranked St. Louis played host to No. 2-ranked Morley-Stanwood Friday evening in a Class C district final.

Despite getting out to a quick lead, the Sharks succumbed in four sets to a powerful Mohawk team by scores of 25-19, 18-25, 19-25, 23-25.

“We made some errors down the stretch, but I told the girls that there were probably only two teams in the state that could have beaten us tonight the way we played. Unfortunately, Morley-Stanwood was one of those teams and they just so happened to be in our district,” said St. Louis head coach Gary Stanglewicz. “I thought that in the fourth set, we just never quit. It was just too much No. 10 (Mekayla Carey) tonight. Even when she was free balling it tonight, she seemed to find the corners and the lines, so she might have been the difference in the match. She’s a great player though and that’s a great team.”

As Stanglewicz alluded to, the Sharks had their hands full with the junior Carey, who essentially carried the Mohawks in the second and third sets.

Playing in her final match for St. Louis, Brooke Tubbs led the way with 15 kills, two aces and 11 digs, while Bri Alspaugh tallied 14 kills, two aces and 11 digs.

Amanda Bajena registered seven kills, two aces and 13 blocks, while Kenya House collected two kills and two digs.

Michaela Austin established the attack with 34 assists to go along with four kills and seven digs.

With Friday’s loss, St. Louis concludes its season at 52-11-3.

The Sharks also said goodbye Friday to seniors Bajena, Tubbs, Austin, Alspaugh and House.

“Our seniors have worked hard for four years, and we obviously wanted an opportunity to play on and continue our season, but that didn’t happen today. I think we finished the season strong though,” Stanglewicz said. “We got out to a quick start, but then it seemed like we kind of went into a bit of a lull. I really liked the way we played this last week here and when it’s district time, you’ve got to put it all out there, and we did that today. We just got beat by a better team today.”

Morley-Stanwood now advances to a Class C regional that it will host next week.

Last Updated: 11/9/2013 7:59:46 PM EST

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