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December 11, 2019

11/12/2019 11:56:00 AM
Lady Tigers hold off St. Anthony in three
Class 1A Volleyball Regional
JOSH BROWN
Sports Editor

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 slow start put the Lady Tigers in an early hole, as they trailed 4-0 and 7-1 in the first set. Hutsonville-Palestine still trailed 19-13 when they scored six straight points to tie the score. After St. Anthony scored to stop the run, Hutsonville-Palestine countered by scoring the next four points and six of the next seven to win the opening set.

The second set was tight virtually throughout, as neither team led by more than three points at any point. Hutsonville-Palestine trailed 7-4 at one point, only to rally to take a 10-9 lead. The score was then tied at 11, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 before Hutsonville-Palestine took a 20-18 lead. St. Anthony responded with four straight to take a 22-20 lead. Hutsonville-Palestine rallied to take a 23-22 lead and the Lady Tigers led 24-23, needing just one more point to win the set and the match. However, St. Anthony reeled off three straight points to take the set and even the match.

The third set was close early, as it was tied at 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 before Hutsonville-Palestine went on a 9-2 run to take a 16-9 lead. The Lady Tigers still led 19-12 before St. Anthony went on an 11-3 run to take a 23-22 lead. Hutsonville-Palestine then scored to tie things at 23, then St. Anthony scored to make the score 24-23 and had a chance to win the set and the match, but Hutsonville-Palestine scored to tie the score at 24. St. Anthony again scored and need just one more point to win, but Hutsonville-Palestine again scored to knot things up, then followed with two more points to take the set and the match.

"The main thing we did tonight was not give up or quit playing," Matthews said. "We gave up a couple of leads and came from behind, but they didn't let it get to them. They kept playing, one point at a time and won."

Isabel Sheets led Hutsonville-Palestine with 10 points on 13 good serves, 22 spikes with five kills, 19 digs and one block, while Marah Matthews totaled nine points on 14 good serves with one ace, 79 good sets, 24 digs and three spikes with one kill. Paige Matthews posted six points on 11-11 serves, 14 digs, nine spikes with five kills and five good sets, Katie Draper contributed five points on 11-11 serves, 20 spikes with 11 kills, 16 digs and 12 blocks with five stuffs, Ashlyn Matthews recorded five points on 10-10 serves, 33 digs and 28 spikes with nine kills and Grayce Hightshoe netted nine blocks with three stuffs, eight spikes with two kills and six digs.

"Our hitters, especially Ashlyn and Katie, were doing a good job of putting the ball down," Matthews said. "Grayce and Katie had some great blocks. This is a good group of girls. They work hard and I'm proud of them."



2019 IHSA Class 1A Volleyball Sectional

At Casey-Westfield High School

Effingham St. Anthony 21 26 25

Hutsonville-Palestine 25 24 27

Highlights - (HHS-PHS) Marah Matthews 9 points, 14-15 serves, 1 ace, 3-5 spikes, 1 kill, 79-84 sets, 24-29 digs; Isabel Sheets 10 points, 13-15 serves, 22-28 spikes, 5 kills, 19-26 digs, 1 block; Katie Draper 5 points, 11-11 serves, 20-24 spikes, 11 kills, 16-19 digs, 12-16 blocks, 5 stuffs; Paige Matthews 6 points, 11-11 serves, 9-9 spikes, 5 kills, 5-6 sets, 14-15 digs; Ashlyn Matthews 5 points, 10-10 serves, 28-29 spikes, 9 kills, 33-38 digs; Maci Pruitt 11-14 digs; Grayce Hightshoe 8-9 spikes, 2 kills, 6-6 digs; 9-11 blocks, 3 stuffs; Kelsey Hites 3 points, 8-8 serves, 1-2 digs.







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