Cook County Happy to be at State Volleyball
Vikings Sec. 7A Title was First in School History, First in Any Sport Since 2007
Cook County High School was in the school’s first ever trip to the volleyball state tournament. And even with plenty of familiar faces in the stands, Viking players couldn’t avoid a few wide–eyed stares.
“We were just excited to be here,” said the Vikings’ Lily Gruber-Schulz. “We walked in the gym and we all started holding hands and freaking out because none of us had ever been to any kind of state tournament like that.”
With a record of 25-0, Cook County was the only undefeated team in the Class A field. But the Vikings went unseeded, and Pam Taylor’s team was drawn against top seed Bethlehem Academy.
“We knew what was coming,” said Taylor. “We knew what they had and we watched some of their videos. The competition down this way is a lot tougher, overall, than it is in the northern part of the state.”
Taylor watched as her team had some moments, but proved to be no match for the defending state champions.
“We had some nice plays, we had some nice blocks, we did a few nice things,” said Taylor. “But they’re a great team. You can’t deny that they’re an awesome team.”
“We hadn’t seen competition like that in the majority of our season,” said Gruber-Schulz, one of eight Viking seniors. “I don’t think we were as ready for it, it was hard to adjust.”
Despite the three–game loss, the memories made in St. Paul will last a lifetime for the kids from Cook County.
“It was definitely a fun trip,” said Gruber-Schulz. It was a really cool experience, we’re still happy for it.”