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St. Joseph junior volleyball standout Britt Sederholm likely can thank her older sister Shea for her volleyball success.
With a sister who loved volleyball and was five years older, Britt Sederholm spent a good share of her youth returning hard-hit balls and tagging along to every volleyball event imaginable.
Sederholm helped the Jayhawks on a championship run that came up just short in a five-set loss to Monticello in the Class 1A state championship match.
"I've been playing with a lot of my teammates since grade school, so this season was a lot of fun, but we wished the outcome would have been different," Sederholm said.
Their run to the finals nearly ended before it got started when a not-quite-awake St. Joseph team played an 8 a.m. match in the first round of the state tournament and had to go five sets to get past Wayne.
"That was pretty stressful," she said.
At 5-foot-11, Sederholm always has been the tallest girl on her team. As a result, she always had played middle hitter on her team. But she switched to outside hitter after looking at her college prospects. After a momentary struggle, her game took off.
"I didn't like outside at first, but I stuck with it, and it turns out I like the extra defensive responsibilities," she said.
After a standout junior season, Sederholm isn't resting on her laurels. She immediately joined Club V volleyball and regularly spends her evenings working on the little things she hopes will result in a college scholarship.
With the entire starting rotation returning for St. Joseph's, Sederholm already is champing at the bit at the prospects for next season's team.
"That's one of the things we talked about right after the final match was doing the work necessary to bring home a state title," she said.