LINCOLN — Humphrey St. Francis ended its season Saturday with a win, something only one other team in Class D-2 did.
Unfortunately for the Flyers, theirs came in the third-place match of the D-2 state volleyball tournament.
“I would’ve liked the gold, but I’m OK with bronze,” St. Francis head coach Dean Korus said.
In a near carbon copy of St. Francis’ opening-round win over Red Cloud, the fourth-seeded Flyers (27-6) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the match, only to watch No. 2 Hyannis (30-3) win the next two sets.
St. Francis regrouped for the five-set win, 25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 15-25, 15-11, at Lincoln Southeast High School.
“That was Red Cloud all over again,” Korus said.
The St. Francis head coach had a simple message for his team prior to the match in an effort to bounce back from Friday's four-set loss to Ewing in the semifinals.
“I just told them to go out and have fun. Whatever happens, happens,” Korus said. “We came out like gangbusters.”
But once Hyannis found its stride, the Flyers struggled to keep up in the third and fourth sets.
“They finally found their rhythm, we just couldn’t match their intensity those two games,” Korus said.
The Flyers fought to end their season with a school-record 27th victory.
Logan Wemhoff capped a stellar state tournament and high school career with her second 20-20 performance in three matches in Lincoln. The senior outside hitter finished with 21 kills and 20 digs in her final match as a Flyer.
“She’s our go-to girl,” Korus said. “She loves the game of volleyball and it comes naturally to her. As far as coaching her up, there wasn’t much of that, it was more natural talent for her.”
Wemhoff's 60 kills in the state tournament led Class D-2, tied with Exeter-Milligan's Katherine White.
The St. Francis coaching staff had high expectations this season and the five-player senior class lived up to them, helping the Flyers to their first third-place finish in school history and best performance at the state tournament since taking second in 2007.
“The senior class has been amazing this year,” Korus said. “A lot of them stepped up. Bridget McPhillips was the cog that made the whole machine run. Riley Maple came on at the end of the season. Her decision-making has been key.”
McPhillips had five kills, three blocks and 45 set assists in Saturday's match and Maple added seven kills.
“It’s been a tremendous season,” Korus said.