COLUMBIA – Friends and family gathered at the Hearnes Center on Thursday night to celebrate senior night for the Rock Bridge and Hickman volleyball teams.
In celebration of the players' accomplishments, the names of each senior and their parents were read over the P.A. system as they walked out onto the court to a cheering crowd. The program continued with a Rock Bridge and Hickman volleyball slide show, remembering the players and the events of the season.
Although the ceremony stirred up emotions for the seniors, the Rock Bridge players threw their emotions to the side and defeated Hickman 25-7, 26-16, 25-16.
"After the first game, I told the girls to take a breath," Rock Bridge coach Vicki Reimler said. "I just wanted them to calm down. I know that the ceremony and slide show made some of the girls emotional, but I wanted them to focus on the game."
Rock Bridge was led by outside hitter Niki Collier, who had 12 kills, and freshman Audrey Holt, who had four blocks. Hickman middle-hitter Emily Peel led the Kewpies with six kills.
Rock Bridge (28-8-2) and Hickman (5-15) start Class 4, District 9 competition next week with the No. 5-seeded Kewpies facing No. 4 seed Holt (11-15) at 5 p.m. Monday in Wentzville. The top-seeded Bruins play the winner of the Hickman-Holt match at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Wentzville and with a victory advance to the championship match scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The bottom half of the District 9 bracket includes No.2 seed Troy-Buchanan (10-13-2), No. 3 seed Hannibal (13-17-4) and No. 6 seed Timberland (0-21).