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Saxony volleyball’s Landre Hoehne to continue playing career at John A. Logan

Saxony Lutheran senior setter Landre Hoehne officially signed a national letter of intent with John A. Logan Community College last month. Photo by Nick McNeal

After helping the Saxony Lutheran volleyball team record some of its best seasons in program history the past few years, Crusaders senior Landre Hoehne is set to take her talents to the next level.

Hoehne will be doing so at John A. Logan Community College across the Mississippi River in Carterville, Illinois. Landre is the third college signee for Saxony volleyball in the last two seasons.

“[Playing college volleyball] is something that I’ve been working at for a long time and that I’ve put a lot of time in to,” Landre said. “Being able to see that I’ve been able to do this and accomplish this, it’s really special to me. Being able to have the teammates, family and friends to support me throughout all of this has been amazing.

“I think little me wouldn’t know what to think because I would’ve never expected this. Going into my sophomore year of high school, I was unsure if I wanted to play in college. Thinking on it now, I’d probably think, ‘That’s the coolest thing ever!’ And I’d be like, ‘What do you mean you’re playing college volleyball? That’s not even possible.’ I’d be someone I’d look up to.”

Over the last two seasons in Saxony starting rotation, Hoehne has produced a total of 781 assists, 413 digs and 104 aces while being an academic all-state selection.

Landre has helped the Crusaders win four-straight district championships and also have back-to-back 25-plus win seasons. Saxony also reached the SEMO Conference Tournament championship game in its first season in the conference this fall.

“Honestly for me it really hasn’t set in yet that I’ve been able to be a part of such a great team and such a great program,” Hoehne said. “I’m really grateful for these girls, coaches and the time that I’ve had here — being able to have such a monumental high school experience.”

Landre first started playing volleyball back in the fourth grade and began playing with school and club teams a year later. Hoehne said a big reason why she started playing at such a young age and has been in love with volleyball ever since then is her mom.

“My mom was my first coach, and she was the person that drove me to want to be better and want to continue,” Landre said. “Then obviously my club coaches have really helped me love the sport and want to work at it every day and continue on to college.”

Growing up, Hoehne played for a club team in Perryville and then ended up at Pursuit, which is where she met fellow John A. Logan signee and senior Grace Newell of Jackson.

“I’m really excited to play with her in college because I love her as an athlete,” Landre said. “I love being able to go to the next level with her — that’s so cool to me. It’s really cool to know that we’re from the same area and are going to the same college with the same goal in mind.”

Back in fifth grade when players didn’t really have any one set position, Hoehne’s club coach insisted that she’d be a really good setter. At first, Landre didn’t want to play setter, but once she started playing there it was a natural fit for her.

“I’m a really energetic person, so I find that [setter] is a great way to channel my energy into my teammates,” Hoehne said. “I love leading them on the floor and being able to control the offense, energy and momentum on the court.”

When she’s not on the court at John A. Logan, Landre will solely focus on general education courses. After that when she goes to a university, Hoehne is going to study mass communications with a focus in broadcasting or public relations.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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