Seniors play last volleyball game in the Shark Tank


Bobbie Marr

The Shark seniors pose for one last photo together.

Kaylyn Collins, Staff Writer

Saint Louis Varsity volleyball hosted St. Charles Oct. 30, 2019. The Sharks took a devastating loss in three sets, 15-25, 17-25, 24-26.

Assistant coach and mother of senior Madeline Greenup, Mrs. Bissell said, “I got into coaching 13 years ago.  Coach Stanglewicz had an ad in the local paper looking for an 8th-grade volleyball coach.  I called him and went to practice the next day for an interview. Volleyball is something that I have always loved.  At the time, I wanted to coach because it didn’t have anything to do with any of my children, my husband, my job, or the farm.  Coaching was something for me. When I started Maddie was four and Megan was six. The girls would come to practice with me and when they were in third grade they became Coach Stanglewicz’s managers.  From there, our love for volleyball grew even more. For the last five years, I haven’t missed a varsity volleyball match. As the season comes to an end now, it is very sad for me. The culture has changed so much from when I first started. My girls are out of the program and living their best lives, and my life is changing too.  It is time to do more with my adult children and grandchildren. Who knows, I may become a full-time farmer in the spring and the fall. One thing for sure, I will definitely fill the time that I have would’ve spent on volleyball doing something that I love!”

Kiersten Francisco said, “I’ve gotten so close to all of the seniors, and it was really heartbreaking to think about the end of our season coming with that last home game.” Francisco added that throughout the night, everyone played their hearts out since it was their last home game. Francisco said, “All of the underclassmen wanted to make sure it was a good one. I believe our team is ready for districts because we’ve been practicing, and we know what we have to do to win the game against Carson City on Monday.”

Madeline Greenup said, “ I was really sad, but also very appreciative because I had the opportunity to play on my home court with six of my favorite people.” Greenup added that they started out strong with super high intensity and they had a lot of communication. But, after the night drug on. The intensity started to go down. Greenup said, “We are as prepared as we will be because this is what we prepared for all season.”