ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- The Luxemburg-Casco girls volleyball team found out Saturday how difficult it is to win a state championship.
The Spartans, in their first state appearance, appeared on the way to a state title after winning the first two sets impressively, 25-19, 25-13, but then the roof caved in.
Lakeside Lutheran won the next three sets, 25-22, 25-23, 15-10, to capture the title, leaving the Spartans in tears.
After the teams shook hands, Spartans coach Jeff Frey gathered his team for one last talk and said, "You guys battled every step of the way. The ride you took each other on, the ride you took them (fans) on, it was awesome. You guys should hold your heads high. I love every one of of you guys more than you'll ever know. I'm so stinking proud of you guys."
The Spartans (41-9) had 28 kills in the first two sets as Cassie Schiltz (16 kills) , Alexis Dorner (13) and Peyton VandenBush (12) were having their way. However, in the final three sets Luxemburg-Casco had just 30 kills combined.
It was a difficult way to end a brilliant season, but Dorner knows the Spartans had a season they will never forget.
"It means a lot (to win a silver ball)," Dorner said. "Just like thinking how this season's went and how much we worked for it. It's put into that. It's not what we wanted, but it shows how hard we worked to get there. For the first time in school history it's just something special."
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