Tompkins season ends in regional quarterfinals

By Tyler Tyre, Sports Editor
Posted 11/8/21

“They were an amazing group, off the court and on the court,” said Tompkins head coach Allison Merrell. “Expectations for us all season was really high. They continually rose to the occasion. Unfortunately, it didn’t go our way today, but I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

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Tompkins season ends in regional quarterfinals

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It was a special season for Tompkins.

The Falcons won a district championship, went undefeated I District 19-6A play and won 16 straight matches.

“This team was amazing, said Paris Herrman, a senior. “We had this really special way of being goofy off the court and having fun, but as soon as we stepped on it, it was game time. It really just made us best friends. We had this awesome bond.”

That special season came to an end on Monday, as the Falcons were swept 3-0 by Ridge Point in the Class 6A Regional Quarterfinals, 20-25, 24-26, 16-25.

“They were an amazing group, off the court and on the court,” said Tompkins head coach Allison Merrell. “Expectations for us all season was really high. They continually rose to the occasion. Unfortunately, it didn’t go our way today, but I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Tompkins and Ridge Point were close in the first set, as the Falcons trailed by two halfway through the set. Ridge Point though started to pull away going into the second half of the set and built up a big lead, Tompkins fought back once Ridge Point got to match point, but it wasn’t enough.

The Falcons answered back with a strong start to the second set and built a seven point lead, but Ridge Point started to claw back and eventually tied things at 21 and eventually pulled out the win.

“I felt like everyday this group was hungry to get better and everyday they wanted to work,” Merrell said. “They game planed and watched film, they were hungry everyday. It’s fun to coach a group that wants to get better, and they definitely wanted to and did get better.”

Things started close in the third set and Tompkins tied things at 10, but it was all Ridge Point from there as the Falcons season came to an end.

“I grew up with this program and a lot of the girls on this team. They’re definitely a lot of my best friends. It was so obvious from the very beginning that we had a mindset of what we were going to do and we were so determined,” Herrman said. “We talked about how the game was going to go before every game and spent so much time together. It was amazing to be a part of.”

The Falcons will graduate nine seniors but have lots of young talent returning next year.

“I just want them to go crazy next year,’ Herrman said. “They’re super talented athlete and I hope that they have the confidence to carry on the legacy we left this year.”

Merrell said the coaching staff and team will enjoy what was a great season.

“Were going to take a break, were going to decompress and were going to celebrate like nobodies business for what we have done this season,” Merrell said. “After we celebrate and spend a bit of time away, were going to get back to work.”

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