RAYMOND, Ill. -- A berth in the Class 1A state tournament has almost been expected from this year's Payson Seymour volleyball team, and Indians coach Teresa Loos-Tedrow has preached to her players throughout the season to merely concentrate on the next point rather than the end result.
That doesn't mean all of the Indians followed her orders at the end of Friday night's Class 1A super-sectional victory at Raymond.
"I kind of started counting down at 25 (in the second set)," senior hitter Kamryn Flesner admitted with a smile.
Senior libero Melina Tedrow promised that she never allowed herself to count down the points.
"Just stay in the moment, one point at a time," she said, repeating the mantra her mother has instilled in this year's team.
That doesn't mean the coach didn't peek at the scoreboard.
"I'm the coach. It's legal for me," Loos-Tedrow said with a laugh.
Payson crowd frustrated Steeleville
Steeleville coach Lesley Wente admitted the speed of Payson Seymour's offense was something her team had not seen this season.
She also complimented the Indians' crowd.
"My girls were getting frustrated," she said. "It was too loud, and they couldn't hear each other."
The gymnasium in Steeleville had only eight rows of bleachers on each side, and the Payson faithful had no problem packing in their side.
"People come up to me and say, ‘I love watching your girls play. I'm addicted to volleyball now,'" Loos-Tedrow said. "We've got people here who have never been to games before. I had a friend of mine tell me she came to her second match ever on Wednesday night, and she said, ‘What I love about it is your players play as a team.' For someone who knows nothing about the game, and for her to see that, it's amazing.
"Tonight is just amazing. We did it with great team effort and great talent and the great sportsmanship that we have. It's just awesome."