Aquinas Catholic senior Gracyn Wollmer took to the volleyball court for the last time in his high school career June 2 at the 32nd annual Central Community College-Columbus All-Star Volleyball Game.
Wollmer was part of the winning Green team when they came back from a 2-1 deficit to win the match in five sets.
“It’s great, especially knowing these girls and being able to play against them over the years,” Wollmer said. “Just being able to play with them now was really fun for the last time.”
The green team won the first set 25-21, but Silver rallied to win the next two sets 25-20 and 25-19. Green forced a deciding fifth set, winning the fourth set 25-22. In the fifth, Green came out on top 16-14 after falling behind 6-0.
Wollmer is tied for second most wins over Green with eight. She also served two aces.
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Aquin’s outside striker said she was honored to be included in the game given her talent. The green team included Makenna Held from Clarkson/Leigh, Josie Garrett from Columbus High, Maddi Vogt and Jordie Nekl from Lakeview, Kelly Pfeifer from Humphrey Saint Francis and Kaylee Stricklin and Addison Schneider from Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, Paige Beller and Lexi Frauendorfer .
Team Green members have combined for eight state appearances in four years. Lakeview has won back-to-back third-place state trophies in 2020 and 2021. Clarkson/Leigh placed fourth in 2020, and St. Francis and HLHF were state runners-up in 2019 and 2018, respectively.
“It was great to be able to have all the talent at the club and the best of the best in our area, so it was really fun,” Wollmer said.
Aquinas posted a four-year record of 52-72 during Wollmer’s time. The Monarchs went 18-11 in its freshman year in 2018. The team won two postseason games, reaching the sub-district final last year after an upset victory over Cross County. The Monarchs fell in straight sets to eventual D-1 State third-place finisher Nebraska Christian in the sub-district final.
Wollmer’s favorite memory was being close to the team.
“We’ve had different coaches. We’ve had different perspectives in people,” she said. “I just think we were such a tight girl group, so I love that.”
The graduate monarch hopes her legacy will be one that future Aquinas volleyball players can replicate.
“Just to work hard. Every time you go to that court, put everything in place,” Wollmer said. “I never know when it’s going to be over for you.”
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