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Demon season

The Washington Demons stretch to warm up before the Southeast Conference Tournament first rounds at Fairfield Oct. 6. (Doug Brenneman/Union)
The Washington Demons stretch to warm up before the Southeast Conference Tournament first rounds at Fairfield Oct. 6. (Doug Brenneman/Union)

WASHINGTON — The 2020 Washington volleyball season was a arc of constant improvement and enjoyment.

“This season was a lot of fun,” WHS coach Lexa Mahr said. “The seven seniors are a great group of funny, smart, kind, leaders who will be so missed next year.”

The Demons season ended with a record of 4-20.

“Though our record doesn’t reflect the true ability of this year’s team, the girls battled all season and were competitive,” Mahr said. “They never gave up and always fought for every point we scored.”

The 2020 year was the last season for seniors Sophia Kleese, Brynn Beenblossom, Olivia Marek, Emma Nichols, Taylor Brinning, Cameron Malichky and Halle Barkema.

“They could always be counted on both on and off the court,” Mahr said. “I know they will do great things in their futures and am excited to see where they go in life.”

The Demons had the Southeast Conference leader in two categories.

Olivia Marek’s solo blocks total was the most in the league and combined block total was third. Her 30 aces were the fifth best league total.

Keira Messinger’s dig total of 376 was tops in the conference. Messinger’s 27 aces was eighth.

Marek was the only Demon to start and play every match and Keira Messinger was the only other to play every match. Marek led in sets played (63) and Messinger was second (59).

Marek was the team leader in kills (117), attacks (353), efficiency (. 198), solo blocks (32), assisted blocks (18), total blocks (50), and aces (30).

Remy Messinger was second in efficiency at .126 and led the Demons in assists (166) with Emma Nichols’ assist total second (113). Kenializ Espinosa was second in kills (59) with Brynn Beenblosson (49), Alex Murphy (48) and Remy Messinger (41) next. Espinosa’s 293 attacks were second with Taylor Brinning close behind at 265, then Murphy’s 252 and Beenblossom’s 241.

Brinning’s 258 digs were second on the Demons and Nichols was third at 163, Remy Messinger fourth with 148 and Sophia Kleese at 146.