Cardinals Volleyball Team Welcomed Back to WJU Campus as Champions


It’s safe to say that when you win the first National Championship in school history, you’ll receive a Hero’s Welcome the next time you’re on campus and that’s exactly what Wheeling Jesuit University gave their volleyball team Sunday afternoon.

Fresh off their flight home from Tampa, the Cardinals were greeted by friends and family at the McDonough Center after taking care of business Saturday night against Palm Beach Atlantic in the title match, another sweep by a team so close they consider themselves family.

“I played my game, everyone played their own game, we’ve been talking about this as a team, it’s not like we played super special games, we just played our own game and we were able to win with that so it was incredible,” said junior middle blocker Haley Kindall.

“(There’s just) So much relief, we’ve been stressing for weeks and weeks about yesterday and after that final point we just let it all go,” said senior libero Jessica Thobe.

“It was like nothing I’ve ever felt before in my life, it was unreal, just the most exciting,” said Head Coach Christy Benner. “I still have to pinch myself to know that our season is over and we won our last game.”

Andrea Thobe was named Most Outstanding Player in the tournament while Andrea, her sister Jessica, Haley Kindall, and Kayce Krucki all make the All-Tournament Team.

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