Class 4 volleyball Final Four team capsules

Jefferson City outside hitter Bri Avey spikes the ball during a district tournament match against Camdenton at Fleming Fieldhouse. (Greg Jackson/News Tribune)
Jefferson City outside hitter Bri Avey spikes the ball during a district tournament match against Camdenton at Fleming Fieldhouse. (Greg Jackson/News Tribune)

Here are capsule looks at Incarnate Word, Jefferson City, St. Michael the Archangel and St. Pius X: Festus, who are competing in the Class 4 volleyball Final Four in Cape Girardeau.

INCARNATE WORD

Record: 29-10-1.

Head coach: Shane Weber (376-203-24 overall, 122-63-3 at Incarnate Word).

MaxPreps ranking: No. 1.

Notes: Incarnate Word has won 14 of its past 16 matches and has not lost a set in its four postseason victories. The Red Knights were the top seed in the District 3 Tournament and swept No. 8 seed Roosevelt/Carnahan, No. 5 seed McCleur and third-seeded Ladue to win the title. Incarnate Word then beat 15th-ranked Lutheran: St. Charles in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals. … The Red Knights return both of their all-state players from last year in senior setter Sammi Bergjans and junior middle and outside hitter Tara Greenberry. Greenberry leads all of Class 4 in kills at 460 and Bergjans tops Class 4 in assists at 1,158. … Junior outside hitter Ellie Witthaus has also added 330 kills, ranking 18th in Class 4. … Senior libero Abby Freund ranks 12th in Class 4 and leads the team with 474 digs. … Incarnate Word will be making its 27th Final Four appearance in program history and second straight. The Red Knights have 11 state championships (1976, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1994, 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2005), five runner-up finishes (1991, 1993, 1998, 2000 and 2022), six third-place finishes (1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2008 and 2009) and four times have finished fourth (1990, 2007, 2010 and 2017).

JEFFERSON CITY

Record: 24-9.

Head coach: Ali Eskens (62-35-4 overall, all at Jefferson City).

MaxPreps ranking: No. 4.

Notes: Jefferson City enters on an eight-match winning streak. The Lady Jays began the District 5 Tournament as the No. 2 seed and beat seventh-seeded Camdenton in four sets, No. 3 seed Helias in five sets and swept fifth-seeded Union to win the district title. Jefferson City defeated seventh-ranked Webb City in five sets on its home floor to clinch a Final Four berth for the first time since 2000. … The Lady Jays lone all-state player from last year, middle hitter Hannah Linthacum, will play basketball this winter at the University of Missouri. … Jefferson City’s offense has been led by junior setter and outside hitter Maddie Mitchell. Mitchell leads the team in kills with 342, is second in assists at 312 and has added 328 digs. … Senior setter and outside hitter Hannah Vogt leads the team in assists (533) and service aces (57). … Junior libero Aydia Mayotte leads the team in digs at 569, the sixth-highest total in Class 4. … This is Jefferson City’s fourth Final Four appearance in history. The Lady Jays took third in 1993 and fourth in 1992 and 2000).

ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

Record: 27-5.

Head coach: Lori Hanaway (880-213-33 overall, 54-11 at St. Michael the Archangel).

MaxPreps ranking: No. 3.

Notes: St. Michael the Archangel has won 15 straight matches and 21 of its past 22. … The Guardians were the top seed in the District 7 Tournament and swept their way through the tournament with wins against No. 8 seed Grandview, fifth-seeded Pembroke Hill and No. 2 seed Warrensburg. St. Michael then beat 12th-ranked Platte County in five sets in the quarterfinals to advance to the Final Four. … The Guardians have both all-state players back from last year in senior outside hitter Lily Vanbebber and sophomore setter Addi Maclean. Vanbebber is second on the team in kills with 314 and Maclean leads the team and is ranked third in Class 4 in assists with 942. … Senior outside hitter Mikalah Davis leads the offense with 374 kills, ranking 10th in Class 4. … Junior libero Katie Vargo leads the defense with 488 digs. … St. Michael began its program in 2017 and will make its fourth Final Four appearance in the seven-year history of the program, but this will be its first in Class 4. The Guardians made the Final Four in each of the first three years of the program, taking fourth in Class 2 in 2017, third in Class 2 in 2018 and third in Class 3 in 2019. … St. Michael bumped up to Class 4 in 2020 due to the MSHSAA championship factor and was won two district titles since.

ST. PIUS X: FESTUS

Record: 23-5.

Head coach: Shannon Leftridge (152-46-10 overall, all at St. Pius X: Festus).

MaxPreps ranking: No. 2.

Notes: St. Pius X: Festus has won its past six matches, including sweeping all five of its postseason matchups. The Lancers opened the District 1 Tournament as the top seed and defeated No. 8 seed Sikeston, No. 5 seed De Soto and No. 3 seed Festus to win the district title. St. Pius claimed its spot in the Final Four for the 10th time in the past 14 seasons with a sweep of ninth-ranked Parkway West in the quarterfinals. … The Lancers have two returning all-state players in junior outside hitter Hannah Leftridge, who is committed to play volleyball at North Carolina State, and sophomore middle hitter Bennett Raterman. Leftridge is 11th in Class 4 in kills this season with 368 and Raterman is next on the team with 261. … Sophomore setter Elena Ruble leads the team in assists and is eighth in Class 4 with 839. … Senior defensive specialist Karlie Lane leads the defense with 220 digs. … This is St. Pius’ 11th Final Four appearance in program history, all coming in Class 2. The Lancers have three state titles (2011, 2016 and 2017), six runner-up finishes (1995, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2019) and a third-place finish in 2014.