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.
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."
A tight match slipped away late and sent Oblong High School's volleyball team to a disappointing loss on their annual Pink Out Night and Senior Night (Oct. 21).
The Lady Panthers dropped a three-set match to visiting Casey-Westfield - who also happens to be their first round opponent in next week's Regional - 22-25, 25-19, 16-25.
"We had a great turn out for our pink out night," OHS head coach Pam Johnson said. "The fans were awesome and I appreciate their support. We will see Casey again in the regional tournament and we will be ready for them."
A rough night on the court ended with a series of sweeps for Robinson High School's volleyball team at the hands of Charleston Monday (Oct. 21).
The Lady Maroons did not win a set in any of their non-conference road contests, including a 12-25, 13-25 loss in the varsity contest.
"After getting off to an awful start in the first set, we settled down and played better," RHS head coach Eric Dean said. "Charleston has a tremendous amount of talent and we had trouble stopping their offense."
After a nearly-perfect regular season, Nuttall Middle School's girls' cross country team made some history over the weekend.
The Lady Raiders brought home the first IESA team trophy in program history after finishing third at the Class 2A State Finals (Oct. 19), while they also had two girls earn IESA All-State honors for the first time in program history.
Slow starts and late comebacks have been a theme for Robinson High School's football team this season, but they have not produced much success.
The Maroons once again dug themselves an early hole, then fought back furiously only to fall just short in a 28-26 loss to Paris in a Little Illini Conference contest (Oct. 18).
"We just waited too long to play football, which has pretty much been the story of the season," RHS head coach Casey Pinnell said. "I am proud of this group for their effort and battling back from 21-0 and 28-6 to make it a football game, but we just came out flat for whatever reason."