Oblong High School's volleyball team won the Little Okaw Valley Conference Tournament Saturday (Sept. 21) at Martinsville. The Lady Panthers went 3-0 in the four-team, round-robin event, picking up wins over Hutsonville-Palestine, Martinsville and Dugger, Ind.
Survive and advance is the name of the game in the postseason and that's exactly what Hutsonville-Palestine's volleyball team did Tuesday night (Oct. 29).
The Lady Tigers fended off a stern challenge from Effingham St. Anthony and held on late to win their first round match at the IHSA Class 1A Casey-Westfield Regional in three sets, 25-21, 24-26, 27-25.
"Tonight was a nail biter," HHS-PHS head coach Shandy Matthews said. "It was a good game. St. Anthony is a good team."
A chance for a bit of revenge and to move one step closer to a Regional championship slipped through the fingers of Oblong High School's volleyball team Tuesday night (Oct. 29).
The Lady Panthers, seeded third in their Sub-Sectional, were upset in the first round of the IHSA Class 1A Casey-Westfield Regional by the host and 14th-seed, Casey-Westfield, in three sets, 25-19, 24-26, 22-25.
For the second time this season, Robinson High School's volleyball team shook off a slow start against an improving Lawrenceville team and rallied for a win.
After outlasting the Lady Indians for a three-set win in their Little Illini Conference match Oct. 8 (26-28, 25-21, 25-11), the Lady Maroons repeated that same formula, although the scores were a little tighter and the stakes were a little higher.
Robinson, the seventh-seed in the 12-team Sub-Sectional, came from behind to beat 12th-seeded Lawrenceville in their first round match at the IHSA Class 2A Robinson Regional Monday (Oct. 28), 17-25, 25-22, 25-20.
"Survive and advance," RHS head coach Eric Dean said. "We talked about that before the game and that is exactly what we did. We didn't play well in a lot of areas, but I have to give Lawrenceville some credit for that. The first set they didn't make mistakes and we did. We got up on them in both the second and third, but could not pull away. It was a fight all night."
Conditions were nowhere near favorable to run a race Saturday (Oct. 26), but that did not seem to affect Robinson High School's cross country teams.
The Maroons and Lady Maroons ran very well despite a heavy downpour that ran throughout their races, as they finished first and third, respectively at the IHSA Class 1A Robinson Regional.
Due to the poor conditions, the race was changed to a road race, which started on the track at RHS, went down through the parking lot of Nuttall Middle School to Rustic Street, then over to Allen and back to end where it began.
"It was a very interesting day to say the least," RHS head coach Tony Cork said. "We are very appreciative to the police, volunteers, coaches and the teams for all their cooperation to help pull that off on a terrible weather day."
The regular season did not end the way Lincoln Trail College's volleyball team had hoped.
The Lady Statesmen hosted a triangular match Friday (Oct. 25) and lost both contests, falling to Spoon River in three sets, 19-25, 15-25, 21-25 and to Frontier in five sets, 25-19, 22-25, 21-25, 25-18, 12-15.
An inability to hold onto the football put Robinson High School's football team in a hole they could not climb out of Friday night (Oct. 25).
The Maroons turned the ball over four times and all four miscues led to points for host Olney and contributed heavily toward the 26-13 loss for RHS in the Little Illini Conference contest.
"You can't put the ball on the ground four times against a good team and expect to win," RHS head coach Casey Pinnell said. "We had our chances. Athletically we were right there with them and it was a good, hard-hitting football game, but some undisciplined mistakes cost us a win once again."
Gaining some momentum heading into the postseason was the goal and Robinson High School's volleyball team was able to accomplish that Thursday night (Oct. 24).
The Lady Maroons celebrated Senior Night at RHS with a sweep of visiting Neoga in a non-conference contest, 25-20, 25-21.
"It's always great to get a win on Senior Night," RHS head coach Eric Dean said. "(Seniors) Addy Paddock and Katy Powell have both worked hard for six years in this program and I am so proud of both of them. Addy had a very good night tonight, finishing with 15 digs. Unfortunately, Katy's season ended a few weeks ago with a back injury. They both have bright futures ahead of them."
Finishing the regular season strong was what Hutsonville-Palestine's volleyball team wanted to do Thursday (Oct. 24) and they did just that.
The Lady Tigers celebrated Senior Night in Hutsonville by rolling to a 25-6, 25-9 win over Dieterich in a non-conference contest.
"No one wants to lose, especially on senior night," HHS-PHS head coach Shandy Matthews said. "The varsity came ready to play. Everything just came together tonight and the girls played like a team. It was nice to sit and enjoy watching them play. We only missed one serve and had one dropped ball. I'm so proud of this group of girls. They have a winning season and done well. Now it's time to get ready for regionals."
Momentum from Monday night's strong performance could not be carried over into Wednesday (Oct. 23)'s match for Lincoln Trail College's volleyball team.
The Lady Statesmen struggled in virtually every aspect and suffered a three-set loss at John A. Logan College, 13-25, 23-25, 15-25.
"John A. Logan is always a tough game, but the girls also didn't give it their all," LTC head coach Dana Goodwin said. "There were several serving and hitting errors and the setting was off most of the match."