Prep Tuesday: Carlinville volleyball sweeps Roxana

Prep Tuesday: Carlinville volleyball sweeps Roxana

CARLINVILLE (Sept. 20, 2017)  – The Carlinville volleyball team took advantage of an uncharacteristic off night by the Roxana volleyball team Tuesday to sweep the Shells in conference play, 25-7, 27-25.

Carlinville (7-6, 5-2 South Central Conference) rolled in game one behind strong defense and timely hitting. Roxana (14-4, 3-2) made a strong push in game two but came up a bit short in an attempt to force a third game.

Anna Chew had two kills early for a 2-1 lead, then Emma Griffith went back to serve. In one of the season’s best runs to date, Griffith served up 14 straight points, four by ace serves. It was the hitting of Chew and Alyssa DeSpain, who combined for eight kills during the run, five by DeSpain, that enabled Carlinville to open a 16-1 lead in a shocking beginning.

Roxana never could get untracked after that surge. Chew added an ace serve, and the Cavaliers rolled to a 25-7 game one win.

The Shells still felt confident going into game two, smiling and trying to forget the first game. It was a different team that showed up, for sure.

Braeden Lackey gave the Shells a 9-7 lead with a kill, but the Cavies came back and took the lead at 10-9.

Carlinville would open a 16-12 lead on three points from Sydney Bates, and still led 19-15 late in game two. Roxana went on a run, getting within 19-17 before Griffith and Chew kills pushed the lead to 21-18.

It was 22-20 when a kill by Lackey, and two aces from sophomore Macie Lucas gave Roxana the lead at 23-22.

Chew sided out with a kill, but Abigal Stahlhut also had a kill and the Shells were within a point of forcing a third game, up 24-23.

A pair of kills from Adriann Welte followed, giving the Cavies match point at 25-24. An attack error enabled the Shells to retie the game 25-25.

Griffith sided out with a kill, and the Shells were unable to return a serve cleanly by Sarah DeNeve, giving the Cavaliers a grinded-out 27-25 victory for the sweep.

Chew finished with 13 kills and an ace; Griffith had 14 points, four aces and five kills. DeSpain had five kills, while Welte, Bates and Lexi Egelhoff each had three kills.

Bates added 25 assists, while DeSpain had 12 digs. DeNeve had 11 digs and Griffith had eight digs.

Carlinville had 33 kills to 11 for Roxana, which got five kills from Lackey and three more with three points from Kiley Winfree.

The JV Cavaliers rallied, down 23-20 and a set against the Shells, to win a three-game affair. The Cavies scored the last five points to win set two 25-23, then won 25-5 in game three.

Other action

Elsewhere in the county on Tuesday, Greenfield/Northwestern defeated Brussels 25-23, 25-18 at home, behind eight kills and two aces from Hailey Driscoll, along with seven digs. Kassidy Walters added five kills and 15 digs. Luna Boggs had nine digs and Carly Gregory 16 assists.

Gillespie won in two at home against Nokomis on Tuesday night. Southwestern took a three-game win from Metro East Lutheran at home, and Bunker Hill defeated North Greene at home 25-20, 25-15.

At Virden, the Bulldogs of North Mac lost to visiting Williamsville 25-9, 25-23. Alli Kallenbach had six digs and two kills. Reagan Lewis also had two kills.


CARLINVILLE – Staunton needed a shootout to defeat Carlinville in a South Central Conference clash 2-1 Tuesday afternoon.

Matt Schmidt gave the Cavies (7-6, 4-1) a 1-0 lead early with a goal, assisted by Trey Gall at 18:54.

In the second half, Staunton tied it on a Brady Kinder goal at 18:42.

Following two overtimes, it went to penalty kicks, with Staunton winning it 4-3. Staunton made all four of its attempts, while Carlinville made three of five. The Bulldogs got penalty kicks from Kinder, Bryce Buzick, Carson Rantannen and Noah Birk.

Carlinville penalty kick scorers were Schmidt, Gall and Adin Fleischer.

DeNeve made 13 saves in goal for the Cavaliers, while Konner Henke made nine saves for Staunton.

The Bulldogs had a 14-10 edge in shots on goal. The Cavaliers had seven corner kicks to four for Staunton.

Staunton improves to 6-4, 4-2 in the conference with the road win.

Elsewhere in the conference, Hillsboro shut down Southwestern 8-0.


CARLINVILLE – Blackburn’s men’s soccer team picked up its second straight win by defeating Lincoln Christian at home Tuesday afternoon by a 4-2 count.

The Beavers, now 2-5-1 overall, fell behind 2-0 on a pair of Keaton Doty goals, assisted by Joshua Garcia, at 5:31 and 17:47.

Blackburn scored four unanswered. They made it a 2-1 game by halftime on a Jordan Allen unassisted goal at 25:51.

Early in the second half, Allen again scored unassisted to tie the game 2-2.

At 73:47, James Kiwanuka, assisted by Allen, gave the Beavers their first lead at 3-2. Lucas Rinderer’s goal at 81:31 was the finishing touch.

Alex Hammerlinck got the win in goal, making five saves. Michael Brand made nine saves for Lincoln Christian. The Beavers held a 26-12 edge in total shots for the contest.

Alyssa DeSpain bumps the ball to a setter during Tuesday’s volleyball match for Carlinville. 

Lexi Egelhoff at the net has other ideas than a kill for Roxana as she bats the ball back toward the Shells. 

Carlinville players Jordan Houseman, Adriann Welte, Sydney Bates and Lexi Egelhoff watch a play develop on the Roxana side of the net.