Cavaliers fall in two tough games; Wildcats advance
By Eric Becker
VANDALIA – It was a tough two game fight, but the Carlinville volleyball team had its season come to an end Tuesday night with a 20-25, 19-25 loss to Shelbyville at the Vandalia Sectional.
The Rams improved to 29-9 and will play Newton (34-3) on Thursday for the sectional title. The Eagles rallied to beat Pana in three games to open the sectional tournament.
Shelbyville opened the game by scoring the first two points of the match. It would be the largest lead either team would have for the majority of the first game.
Carlinville took a 3-2 lead on two points from Karley Dixon, including a kill from Grace Zachary.
Carlinville’s largest lead was at 6-4 after back-to-back Zachary kills. The Cavies went ahead 13-12 on an Alyssa DeSpain kill, and 18-17 on an Anna Chew kill.
A rotation violation tied the game and seemed to turn the tide in the Rams favor.
Torre Koontz would serve up four straight points, including an ace, and kills by Shayla Darnell and Maddie Holland. It was 22-18 Rams. A kill by Caylee Wheeler gave the Rams a 25-20 game one win.
In the second game, the Cavaliers took a 3-0 lead on three points from Dixon on three straight Zachary kills.
An ace serve by Sydney Bates made it a 5-1 lead. Zachary’s kill made it a 6-3 game.
Cailin Wilson then ran off four straight points as the Rams took an 8-6 lead. Carlinville would tie the game on a Lydia Albertine ace, 11-11. Trailing 14-12, Carlinville again tied the game 14-14 on a point from Dixon.
The Rams took a 17-14 lead with three straight points and would not relinquish the lead. Gradually, Shelbyville built its lead to 21-15 and 23-16.
Kills from Adriann Welte and Chew made it a 23-18 game, but the Rams got a game-winning kill from Sydney Miller in a 25-19 win to complete the sweep.
Zachary had 10 kills and two points for the Cavaliers, which finish the season at 22-14. Dixon added six points; DeSpain had one point and one kill; Lynde Gibbs one kill; Annie Rhodus one point; Bates two points, ace, one kill; Welte three kills; Albertine three points, kill and Chew four kills.
Shelbyville got eight kills from Holland, and nine points from Koontz. Morgan Parsons, Kary Langan and Darnell each added four kills each.
Mt. Olive moves on in sectionals
JACKSONVILLE – The Mt. Olive Wildcats volleyball team will play for a sectional championship.
Tuesday night at Jacksonville Routt, the Wildcats defeated New Berlin 23-25, 25-17, 25-15 and will play Springfield Lutheran on Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Jacksonville Routt.
Jill Niehaus went over 1,000 kills for her career in the process, with 19 on Tuesday night against the Pretzels. Niehaus added 13 blocks, 15 digs and nine points (three aces), nearly a quadruple double.
Brianna Henke added 11 kills, six blocks, 10 digs and four points.
Zoe Murphy had 32 assists and Rachael Kernich had 10 digs, an ace and 22 points. Courtney Kernich added eight digs.
Mt. Olive (26-5) lost to Lutheran very early in the season.