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County volleyball teams fall in regional
LAWRENCEVILLE - Both Lawrence County high school volleyball teams were eliminated in the opening round of the Illinois High School Association Class 2A tournament Monday, but not before putting up fights.

In the opening match of the evening, Marshall took host Lawrenceville to the sidelines, 25-8, 26-24. In the second match, Robinson sidelined Red Hill, 25-11, 25-23.

Marshall downs LHS

After Marshall closed out the first game with a 14-1 run, the Indians battled back from a deficit of 18-12 in the second game, tying things at 24 on two straight service points by sophomore Hannah Holmes.

The Lions then won the match by getting a sideout followed by an ace serve from Macy Shaffner.

"In the first game, it seemed like nobody was there physically or mentally. It was like nobody really cared for the game," said LHS first-year coach Trinity Britton, whose team finished with a record of 3-31. "In the second game, we finally came to life, but not soon enough. Both teams were scrappy, and they came out on top a few more times than we did. I just wish our team would have come alive a little sooner."

Rona Taylor led the Indians with four service points, while Hannah Johnson had three and Heidi Litherland and Holmes two apiece.

McKenzi Kelly contributed two blocks and two kills, while Litherland led the way with 10 digs. Kelly and Kourtney Osmon contributed two assists each.

Britton says the Indians will miss eight seniors, but she's looking ahead to next season.

"There were a lot of good things that happened this season," she said. "But some things will be different. This year, we spent half the year just getting to know each other. Next year they'll know me and I'll know them, and I'm excited about that."

Robinson downs RHHS

The Maroons coasted to the win in the first game, after scoring the first eight points.

Although the Salukis never led in the second game, it was much closer. The Salukis (1-23) pulled to within 21-20 on an ace serve by Haley Allen, and 24-23 on a service point by Andi Tennis. The Maroons (18-8) then scored the winning point on a play at the net.

"I wish the girls would have fought a little harder in the first game," said Red Hill coach Sarah Will, whose team finished 1-23. "But they definitely went out swinging in the second. I was proud of them."

It's been an eventful season for the Salukis, who earlier this month snapped a 203-match losing streak, dating to 2002.

"It's been a really enjoyable season," said Will. "I think our girls work harder than any other team. They have to, because they're three years behind when they start. We had some really close matches this season against some really good teams."

The tournament will continue this evening with semifinal matches.

Top-seeded Newton will face Marshall at 6 p.m., followed by a match between second-seeded Casey at Robinson, scheduled for 7. The tournament championship is set for 6 p.m., Thursday.


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