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9/28/2012 3:00:00 PM
Lady Panthers beat Lady Tigers in three
Sports Editor

As is often the case when county rivals get together, the competition is close and isn't decided until the very end.

That was the case again Tuesday night, when Oblong and Hutsonville-Palestine's volleyball teams squared off in a Little Illini Conference match in Hutsonville.

The match went the distance, but in the end, it was the visiting squad that came out on top, as Oblong outlasted Hutsonville-Palestine in three sets, 15-25, 25-14, 25-19.

"We came out slow, but the girls were able to pull themselves together and get the job done," OHS head coach Nicole Wildman said. "We need to work on coming out of the gate and getting a lead."

"We played like champs in the first set, then went south on our passing in the second set but we did not let down," HHS-PHS head coach Jolene Crippes-Callaway said. "In the third, we were out of our comfort zone and let Oblong dominate our weaknesses."

Hutsonville-Palestine was in control for most of the first set, while Oblong returned the favor by rolling to the win in the second set to set up the third and final set.

The Lady Tigers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, but Oblong responded with the next two points to even the score. The teams traded points until Hutsonville-Palestine scored consecutive points to take a 9-6 lead, only to see Oblong score four straight to grab their first lead in the set, 10-9. Hutsonville-Palestine countered with two points in a row to regain the lead, 11-10, but Oblong would respond again with four straight points to take a 14-11 lead. Hutsonville-Palestine would close to within a point on a couple of occasions, but Oblong would not trail the rest of the way.

After Hutsonville-Palestine pulled to within 16-15, Oblong reeled off five of the next six points to stretch their lead to 21-16. The Lady Tigers could not get any closer than four points the rest of the way, allowing the Lady Panthers to secure the victory.

The win was the second this season for Oblong over Hutsonville-Palestine, as they also won in straight sets at the Crawford County Classic Sept. 8. It was also the first LIC win of the season for the Lady Panthers after three losses to start the conference slate.

Oblong was led by Katie Whiston with 14 points, including four aces, along with 14 assists, four digs and one kill. Kailyn Pinkston posted eight points with one ace, eight digs, four blocks, three kills and two assists, Cara Mayhew contributed six points with two aces, eight digs and two kills, Kelsie Harper netted six points with one ace, seven digs and three kills and Emily Lockhart totaled four points, 13 kills, four digs and three blocks.

Leading Hutsonville-Palestine was Rhiannon Pearse, as she posted 10 spikes with six kills, four good serves with one ace and one stuff block, while Taci Newlin netted nine good serves with two aces, seven spikes with one kill and one stuff block. Jaidlyn Coffman contributed 10 spikes, four good serves with one ace and two blocks, Nicole Kiger totaled 39 good sets, 14 good serves and two spikes with two kills, Kiley Rariden added nine spikes with two kills and Payton Lindley had 10 digs and one spike.

In the junior varsity match, Hutsonville scored a win in straight sets, 25-21, 25-22.

Bridget Yockey led the Lady Tigers with 14 spikes, including five kills, along with five good serves and one ace, while McKenna Elder posted 14 good sets, 12 good serves with one ace and three spikes. Lindley netted 10 spikes with five kills and eight good serves with two aces, Emily Nehls totaled 40 good sets, six good serves with one ace and one spike with one kill and Newlin added seven spikes with six kills and six good serves with three aces.

Samantha Pepmeier topped OHS with six points, including one ace, six assists and one dig, while Carley Travis netted five points and one kill. Kelci Dunlap posted four points, two kills, two assists and one dig, Audree Morecraft added four points, two digs, one assist and one block and Taylor Musgrave had two points and one dig.

At Hutsonville

Oblong 15 25 25

Hutsonville-Palestine 25 14 19

Highlights - (OHS) Katie Whiston 14 points, 4 aces, 1 kill, 14 assists, 4 digs; Kelsie Harper 6 points, 1 ace, 3 kills, 7 digs; Kailyn Pinkston 8 points, 1 ace, 3 kills, 2 assists, 4 blocks, 8 digs; Cara Mayhew 6 points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 8 digs; Emily Lockhart 4 points, 13 kills, 3 blocks, 4 digs; Audree Morecraft 4 digs; Carley Travis 1 dig. (HHS-PHS) Nicole Kiger 39-43 sets, 2-3 spikes, 2 kills, 14-14 serves; Kendyl Surrells 2-2 spikes, 4-5 serves; Rhiannon Pearse 10-16 spikes, 6 kills, 1-3 blocks, 1 stuff, 4-4 serves, 1 ace; Emily Nehls 14-18 sets, 8-13 spikes, 5 kills, 5-6 serves; Taci Newlin 7-10 spikes, 1 kill, 1-1 blocks, 1 stuff, 9-9 serves, 2 aces; Jaidlyn Coffman 10-11 spikes, 2-2 blocks, 4-4 serves, 1 ace; Payton Lindley 10 digs, 1-1 spikes; Kiley Rariden 9-14 spikes, 2 kills; Rachel Gower 1-1 spikes, 1 kill.

Junior Varsity

Oblong 21 22

Hutsonville-Palestine 25 25

Highlights - (OHS) Samantha Pepmeier 6 points, 1 ace, 6 assists, 1 dig; Cheyenne Wells 1 point, 1 kill, 4 digs; Braxton Young 2 kills; Taylor Musgrave 2 points, 1 dig; Magahn Wells 1 kill, 2 digs; Carley Travis 5 points, 1 kill; Kelci Dunlap 4 points, 2 kills, 2 assists, 1 dig; Michaela Manhart 2 kills; Audree Morecraft 4 points, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 digs. (HHS-PHS) Emily Nehls 40-43 sets, 1-2 spikes, 1 kill, 6-7 serves, 1 ace; Payton Lindley 10-12 spikes, 5 kills, 8-10 serves, 2 aces; Rhiannon Pearse 2-10 spikes, 1 kill, 5-6 serves; McKenna Elder 14-16 sets, 3-4 spikes, 12-13 serves, 1 ace; Bridget Yockey 14-18 spikes, 5 kills, 5-6 serves, 1 ace; Taci Newlin 7-13 spikes, 6 kills, 6-6 serves, 3 aces; Rachel Gower 3-3 spikes, 1 kill; Kiley Rariden 1-1 spikes.

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