Prep Volleyball

Teams of the Decade: Sets of sisters help Raiders sustain success

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Kristen Gengenbacher jumps for joy after the final point in the thrid game to win the Girls Class 2 Volleyball state championship game saturday in Redbird Arena in Bloomington. (H-W Photo/Michael Kipley)
Michael Kipley Staff Photographer
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 19, 2020 12:01 am

The last decade proved to be a family affair for the Quincy Notre Dame volleyball program.

Older sisters set the stage for success. The younger sisters followed through.

All in all, it meant adding a large number of plaques and trophies to an already overstuffed trophy case. From a Class 2A state championship in 2011 to a 33-victory season last fall, the Raiders captured at least one postseason title in seven seasons and finished the decade with three sectional titles and two state trophies.

With a wealth of talent returning this fall, the postseason success should continue.

Until then, here is the QND volleyball program all-decade team for 2010-19, as selected by Senior Sports Writer Matt Schuckman:

Cassidy Foley, Outside hitter, Class of 2014

Twice named second-team all-state by the Champaign News-Gazette and the 2013 Herald-Whig Player of the Year, Foley was a do-everything standout. As a sophomore, she led the Raiders with 293 kills and 39 aces and was second on the team with 226 digs. As a junior, she led the area with 332 kills and 424 digs. As a senior, she had 317 kills, 35 aces and an area-best 381 digs before playing soccer at Quincy University.

McKenzie Foley, Libero, Class of 2018

A three-time all-area selection who endured two knee surgeries in high school but still managed to be a defensive stalwart, Foley had 410 digs and a serve receive percentage of 93.7 as a senior. As a junior, she finished with 402 digs in 34 matches and served at a 98 percent clip, while providing the biggest dig of the season in the sectional title game against Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin that led to the match-winning point.

Shannon Foley, Libero, Class of 2012

A second-team all-state selection as a senior when she led the Raiders to a 29-9 record and a Class 2A state championship, Foley became a dominant defensive presence. She averaged 20.3 digs per match during that postseason run and set a state championship match record with 29 digs. She led the area in digs with 478 and was named the 2011 Herald-Whig Player of the Year before playing soccer at Maryville University.

Kendra Gengenbacher, Setter, Class of 2016

One Gengenbacher sister handed the reins off to another to run the offense, and Kendra didn't disappoint. A two-time all-area selection, Gengenbacher orchestrated an offense that employed several weapons and reached the Class 2A super-sectionals her senior season. She dished out 988 assists in 39 matches and served at a 94 percent clip.

Kristen Gengenbacher, Setter, Class of 2014

A two-time all-state selection who went on to enjoy an All-American career at the University of San Diego, Gengenbacher finished with more than 1,600 assists over her final two high school seasons. She led the area as a senior with 833 assists and was a dominant force in all aspects running the offense. As a junior, she had 132 kills, 195 digs, 54 blocks and 38 aces. She followed that up with 117 digs, 45 blocks and 28 aces her senior season.

Riley Hummert, Outside hitter, Class of 2016

As a junior, Hummert established herself as a go-to hitter. She piled up 355 kills in 35 matches, to go along with 138 digs, 31 blocks and 18 aces. As a senior, she controlled the court as she racked up 418 kills with a .339 hitting percentage and 203 digs in 34 matches, leading the Raiders to a sectional championship and being named the 2015 Herald-Whig Player of the Year.

Sydney Hummert, Outside hitter, Class of 2020

Hummert emerged as an all-around weapon as a sophomore when she had 376 kills and 324 digs as the Raiders finished second at the Class 2A state tournament. She became the area's most feared hitter the next two years. The SIU-Edwardsville signee had 381 kills, 242 digs, 62 blocks and 45 aces as a junior and 301 kills, 185 digs and 63 aces as a senior, becoming the seventh player to be named Herald-Whig Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons.

Meredith Siebers, Middle blocker, Class of 2020

Siebers was a rarity in local high school circles -- an effective middle blocker who also could play the back row at a high level. A two-time first-team all-area selection, she had 95 blocks, 191 digs and 223 serves received during her junior year. The Maryville University signee followed it up with 193 kills, 142 digs, 91 blocks and 23 solo stuffs as a senior.