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Semi-final Loss Ends Lady Cougars' Outstanding Post-season Run

ASC Volleyball Season Terminated 25-23, 25-11, 25-8

November 22, 2008       Leave a Comment
By: Kevin Kula

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Lady Cougars prepare for their first game in the State Finals
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For a small school located in Bay City, the All Saints Cougars have clearly established their school as an undisputed sports powerhouse.

During the 2008-09 high school sports season, the Cougars have claimed a boys Football District Title, a boys Tennis League Title, and the Cougar Lady's Volleyball team added a District Title and a State Regional Title to the ever-growing list. Hoping to make All Saints history, the Cougar volleyball team traveled to Battle Creek on Friday, to take on the defending State champions -- the St. Phillip Tigers, in Semi-final action.



Jeanie Heintskill and Coach Dianna Sutton plan strategy before the game.
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The Bay City All Saints Cougar team introductions.
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Cougar fans cheer as their team takes the court! (L/R): Aaron Janer, Brett Campbell,Cameron Coburn and Mario Walker.
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The Cougars hit the court running and kept the first game a close match. Solid blocking from #3 Molly Neymeiyer and #4 Ashley Bowker helped the Cougars keep things even, while #6 Taylor Timm helped the Cougars maintain their edge. The Cougars kept things even on the scoreboard until the very end of the first game when a string of points put the Tigers ahead 24-23. Despite the Cougars best efforts, the Tigers' finesse and skill carried the first game.



Amanda Donajkowski #7 and Molly Neymeiyer #3 block a shot made by Tiger Megan Toth.
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Senior Ashley Bowker slams this one over the defenders.
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Below:Great serves help to put some points up for the Cougars (Left) Molly Neymeiyer #3 Senior (Right)Brittany Case #1 Senior .
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ASC fans Drew Bauer, Nate Sobczak and Drew Janer cheer on the Ladies!
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Carly Dickerson #9 tries to get a shot past a ready Amanda Donajkowksi #7
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The Tigers dominated the second game. Although the Cougars played the best defense they could, it wasn't enough to stop the Tigers' high-scoring offense. After gaining an early 6 point lead, the Tigers held their lead and continued to add to their score till it was 15-8. At that point, Cougar Coach Dianna Sutton called a timeout to rally her team. However, the Cougars were unable to regain the intensity they showed in the first game and succumbed to the Tigers punishing offense 25-11.



St. Phillip's Amanda Bolles powers this one past the ASC defenders.
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This shot is just out of reach.
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Cougars plan how to get back in the game.
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Down 2 games, the Lady Cougars needed to win three straight games if they wanted to advance to the state finals. The Tigers drew first blood, but the Cougars struck right back to pull even at 4-4. That small flicker of hope didn't last long because the Tigers proved why they are the two-time defending state champions. The Tigers showed no mercy as they systematically shut down the Cougars. Despite the one-sided 24-8 score on the board, the Cougars played their best all the way to the end of the match.



Molly Neymeiyer blasts this shot over Hubbard and Dickerson of the Tigers.
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Below:Lady Cougars give it their best shot. (Left) Britany Case works the net to the Cougars advantage.(Right)Junior Kaylee Niemiec bumps with style.
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Senior Jeanie Heintskill puts effort into this set.
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2 Tigers await this Taylor Timm shot.
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St. Phillip's Lena Oliver prepares to serve with the fans on their feet behind her.
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Tear-stained faces show the pain of this loss.
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Despite the heartbreaking loss, the Cougar girls played arguably the best season in All Saints volleyball history and can be justifiably proud of their accomplishment.

For seniors Brittany Case, Molly Neymeiyer, Ashley Bowker, Jeanie Heintskill, Taylor Timm, and Amanda Donajkowski, their last season ended too soon. Still, they will walk away with two titles, and enough memories to last a lifetime.



These Cougars are all smiles as they remember they have brought home both District and Regional Titles.
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Below:Senior Cougars show off their skills in their last game.
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Brittany Case



Molly Neymeiyer



Taylor Timm



Amanda Donajkowski



Jeanie Heintskill



Ashley Bowker




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