Hornettes Split Conference Matchups

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Senior Janie Holle and freshmen Sydney Schnitker jump up high to try and block the spike from Carterville, during Nashville’s two game sweep of the Lions.

The Nashville Hornettes volleyball team had two key conference match-ups this week, as they continued their season. The Hornettes faced off against Carterville at home on September 20, before traveling to face off against Pinckneyville on September 22. The Hornettes split the two match-ups this week, as they were able to defeat Carterville in two games, but fell to Pinckneyville in three games. The Hornettes again have a busy week, as they faced off against DuQuoin on Tuesday night, face off against Anna-Jonesboro and will finish the
week with the Triad Round Robin Tournament on Saturday
October 1.

In there first match of the week, the Hornettes won a thrilling first game over Carterville, A back and forth game, saw the two teams trading points through the first half of play. Carterville would go on a run taking a 19-13 lead, but could not hold on, as the Hornettes stormed back, being led by senior Janie Holle, as they were able to tie the game at 20. The rest of the way, each team would try and grab the momentum. The Hornettes would face game point twice in the match-up, before coming back for a 27-25 victory over Carterville. In the second game, Carterville stayed close in the beginning, but Nashville ran away with the game, outscoring Carterville 15-5, to end the game.

After the game, Hornettes coach Josh Konkel praised the team's perserverence in the first game, "We showed a little pride, we dug down, told them just to play every point, one at a time, get that point back." Konkel went on to say, "we seized that momentum and took it to them."

Abby Kempfer and Mackenzie McFeron each had six kills to lead the team in the match, followed by Paige Kasten with five, Jenna Harris with four, and Janie Holle with three kills in the win. Kasten led the team with 19 assists in the win, while Harris added four. Holle led the team with nine digs, while Abby Wesselmann, Kasten, and Harris all tied for second on the team with seven digs apiece.

The Hornettes next matchup this week, was on the road against the Pinckneyville Panthers on September 22. The Hornettes took the Panthers to three games, but could not come away with a win in the matchup. The Hornettes lost a very close first game 25-23, before taking the second game 26-24. It all led to a deciding third game between the two rivals. Pinckneyville was able to come away with the victory in the third game by a score of 25-18.

The Hornettes had two players with double digit kills in the match-up as Holle finished with 13 kills, and Harris finished with 10 kills. Harris and McFeron tied for the team lead with eight service points apiece in the loss, while Kempfer led the team with four blocks. Kasten had an incredible 32 assists in the loss for Nashville, and Wesslemann led the team with 17 digs.