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December 13, 2019

11/14/2019 11:48:00 AM
Lady Tigers fall to Cumberland in two
Class 1A Volleyball Regional
Sports Editor

Living on the edge can be an uncomfortable feeling, because you never know when you might fall.

Unfortunately, that moment came Thursday night (Oct. 31) for Hutsonville-Palestine's volleyball team in the championship match of the IHSA Class 1A Casey-Westfield Regional.

After narrowly winning matches in three sets the previous two nights, the Lady Tigers could not turn the trick a third time, as they fell short to Cumberland in two sets, 15-25, 19-25.

"I don't feel the score reflected the effort the girls gave tonight," HHS-PHS head coach Shandy Matthews said. "The girls played well and played hard. Cumberland just found our holes and weakness. Our passing was off, so we didn't get our hitters set up like we needed to, but the girls didn't give up."

Marah Matthews led Hutsonville-Palestine with three points on seven good serves, 46 good sets, 15 digs and one spike, while Ashlyn Matthews posted three points on seven good serves with one ace, 13 spikes with five kills, nine digs and two blocks. Paige Matthews totaled three points on seven good serves, 17 digs, 10 good sets, three blocks with one stuff and two spikes, Isabel Sheets contributed three points on six good serves, 15 digs and 11 spikes with six kills and Grayce Hightshoe collected 10 spikes with one kill, six blocks with two stuffs and four digs.

Hutsonville-Palestine ended its season with a 17-6 record.

"It's been a great season," Matthews said. "Ending 17-6, I feel is excellent. I am so proud of them. They are a great group and I have enjoyed coaching them. This group of seniors will definitely be missed next year."

2019 IHSA Class 1A Volleyball Regional

At Casey-Westfield High School

Championship Match

Hutsonville-Palestine 15 19

Cumberland 25 25

Highlights - (HHS-PHS) Marah Matthews 3 points, 7-7 serves, 1-1 spikes, 46-50 sets, 15-17 digs; Isabel Sheets 3 points, 6-7 serves, 11-15 spikes, 6 kills, 15-19 digs; Katie Draper 4-4 serves, 3-4 spikes, 2 kills, 5-7 digs, 5-6 blocks; Paige Matthews 3 points, 7-7 serves, 2-5 spikes, 10-10 sets, 17-19 digs, 3-6 blocks, 1 stuff; Ashlyn Matthews 3 points, 7-7 serves, 1 ace, 13-16 spikes, 5 kills, 9-11 digs, 2-2 blocks; Maci Pruitt 3-3 serves, 1-2 digs; Grayce Hightshoe 10-10 spikes, 1 kill, 4-6 digs, 6-8 blocks, 2 stuffs.

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