Robinson's Grayson Wolf brings down Flora quarterback Quinten Smith near the line of scrimmage, while Garrett Florkowski (9) is moving in to finish off the play during Friday night (Sept. 7)'s Little Illini Conference game at Crosby Field. The Maroons limited Flora to just seven yards rushing in their 24-12 win. (Josh Brown photo)
A slow start proved too much for Lincoln Trail College's volleyball team to overcome Wednesday (Sept. 12) and the end result was a three-set loss at Kaskaskia College, 14-25, 16-25, 23-25.
"From the beginning, the girls were not motivated to play," LTC head coach Dana Goodwin said. "By the line, they showed up in the third set, it was too late. Our offense, nor our defense, were as strong as we usually are, resulting in several errors and easy shots. We have a lot to focus on for tonight's match against Frontier if we want to pull out a win."
A much better effort led to a win for Hutsonville-Palestine's volleyball team Tuesday (Sept. 11).
The Lady Tigers snapped a two-match skid by picking up a tightly-contested, 25-23, 25-18 win over Casey-Westfield in non-conference action.
"I'm super proud of the girls tonight for coming out to play and not giving up," HHS-PHS head coach Shandy Matthews said. "They kept working and never quit. But, we seem to have this thing that when we get up by a few points, we let up and we can't do that."
County foes took to the volleyball court against each other Monday night (Sept. 10) and it was the road team that came out victorious.
Robinson traveled north to take on Hutsonville-Palestine and came away with a 25-14, 25-23 win in the non-conference contest.
"We played real well in the first set," RHS head coach Eric Dean said. "We were on in just about every aspect of our game. The second set we were a little sloppier, we had some net violations, we missed four serves, and Hutsonville made some good plays. I'm proud of our girls for hanging in there and pulling out the win in the end."
"We just weren't ready to play the first set," HHS-PHS head coach Shandy Matthews said. "I'm not sure what is going on. The second set was much better. We played together and worked as a team, but couldn't pull it off."
How you win is not as important as if you win and Robinson High School's football team can attest to that.
The Maroons may not have played their best, but they found a way to get in the win column for the first time this season, picking up a 24-12 win over Flora in a Little Illini Conference contest (Sept. 7).
"I am proud of the kids, proud of the coaches, proud of the managers, proud of the athletic trainer for getting through that dogfight," RHS head coach Casey Pinnell said. "We had to fight through adversity all night, but the kids found a way to answer and finish. It feels pretty great to get this win."
Rain shortened Robinson High School's girls' tennis team's home match Thursday night (Sept. 6), but it did not put a damper on a dominating performance.
The Lady Maroons rolled to the rain-shortened win over Mt. Carmel, 6-0, as the match was called following the conclusion of singles play.
All six wins for RHS came in straight sets, with none of the opponents winning more than five points in any match.
"Mt. Carmel has a young team and are rebuilding their program," RHS head coach Steve Jenkins said. "When playing a team of lesser experience it is easy to let up, but our girls came out strong in the beginning of singles play and didn't let up."