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West Prairie seniors hope to leave lasting legacy at Redbird Arena

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This weekend West Prairie will try and top the 2013 team who returned home with a third place trophy. This weekend West Prairie will try and top the 2013 team who returned home with a third place trophy.

PEORIA, Ill. (WGEM) -- They have played 11 sets and they have only lost one.

That's an impressive five-match postseason for the West Prairie volleyball team.

All that matters now is to win four more sets. That would mean two more victories and a state championship.

It will be an extra special weekend for the seniors who were freshman the last time the Lady Cyclone program earned a spot in the Final Four, and returned home with a third place trophy.

The veterans know they have a unique chance to leave their mark for future teams to look up to.

"Knowing that it's my grade, and it's me, and my team, it's way better," senior Hunter Griffith said.

"It makes the experience a lot more memorable and I'm very excited for next weekend."

According to senior Hannah Thompson, "Being able for my class to put the work in this year and make it all the way (to state) really, really shows how much we love the sport, and how much work we're wiling to put into it."

West Prairie heads to Redbird Arena winners of eight straight matches while only losing one of out of its last 17 sets. In fact, they have only lost two matches since mid-September.

They have a fearless leader in Teri Paul who's approaching 900 career victories and this will be her fourth team she's led to the state tournament.

"Making the state tournament is every program's desire when they start the season back in June," Paul said.

"It's great for the kids. It's one of the most rewarding experiences a player can experience and they'll remember it for a lifetime."

Next up, the semifinals against the Fighting Cardinals of Norris City who have won 10 straight matches and will be making their first state tournament appearance. First serve Friday morning is slated for 9 o'clock.

West Prairie will continue to sell $8 tickets Wednesday for the first and third sessions of this weekend's state tournament at Redbird Arena. They will be available from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the high school office.

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