Hornettes Win Conference Finale

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Paige Kasten goes up to tip the ball inbetween Teutopolis’ defenders during the Monster Mash Tournament on October 17.

By Brent Huelsmann

The Hornettes looked to keep up their strong play in conference as they took on DuQuoin at home on October 15. The Hornettes easily beat DuQuoin for the second time this season as they won the match in just two games. The Hornettes won the first game 25-18 and the second game by a score of 25-11. The Hornettes used a balanced attack to defeat the Indians. Mackenzie McFeron led the team with 7 kills, and Abby Kempfer, Janie Holle, and Deidra Holzhauer each had at least 5 kills. Paige Kasten led the team with 12 service points in the win. Allyson Grabowski had 12 assists to lead the team. Macie Kellerman led the team with 11 digs in the match.

The Hornettes then turned their attention to the Monster Mash Tournament, that was held at Breese Central High School on October 17. The Hornettes were placed into a pool with Breese Central, Collinsville, and Waterloo-Gibault.

The Hornettes struggled in pool play throughout the tournament. The Hornettes first matchup was against Collinsville The first game in the match was a close contest with neither team grabbing the advantage. The Hornettes led 23-22 late in the game, but could not put the game away as Collinsville rallied to win 23-25. The Hornettes could not find a rhythm in the second game as they dropped the game 14-25. Kempfer led the team with 7 kills in the matchup, followed by McFeron with 4.Kellerman led the team with 7 digs followed by Kayla Wesselman, Kasten, and McFeron who each had 6 in the matchup.

The Hornettes next matchup was against tournament host Breese Central. Each game in the match was closely contested, but Nashville could not find a way to get the win. Down by 7 late in the first game, the Hornettes went on a run to close the lead to as close as 4, the Hornettes could not get any closer with Central pulling away to win the game 19-25. The second game saw the Hornettes go up by 3 in the early going, but Central came back and went up by as many as 9 midway through the match. The Hornettes again went on a long run scoring 8 out of 10 points to cut the lead to three. Nashville would go on to lose the game 22-25. Kasten led the Hornettes with 4 kills in the matchup. Alex Kubiak had 4 blocks in the matchup followed by Kempfer with 1. Kasten also led the team in service points as well as digs in the matchup.

The Hornettes third match of the tournament was against Waterloo-Gibault. The Hornettes struggled in the match, only grabbing the lead early in the second game. The Hornettes only led 1-0 in the second game. The Hornettes lost the first game 11-25 and the second game 10-25. McFeron led the team in kills in the matchup with 5, followed by Holle, and Kubiak, who each had 1. Wesselman led the team in digs with 7 followed by Kellerman with 4.

The Hornettes found a rhythm in their final match of the day when they took on Teutopolis. The Hornettes dominated the first game of the match, as they jumped out to a lead early, and never looked back winning 25-9. The second game was closer, as the Hornettes found themselves battling from behind throu the matchup. The Hornettes took the lead for good, going up 19-18. The Hornettes would put the game away from their winning by a score of 25-21. Kempfer and McFeron each had 5 kills to lead the team in the match. The Hornettes were led by Kellerman in digs with 14 followed by Kasten with 8. Grabowski led the team in service points with 8 and assists with 6. The tournament pushed their record to 20-11 on the season.