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Hornettes Begin Regional Play

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Junior Abby Kempfer goes up high for a block during the Hornettes win over Dupo on October 24.

After suffering a loss to Mater Dei to end the regular season, the Nashville Hornettes volleyball team bounced back in the first game of Regionals against the Dupo Tigers. The Hornettes moved on to face top-seeded Belleville Althoff in the Regional Semi-Finals on Tuesday October 25.

In the last game of the regular season, the Hornettes fell to Mater Dei in two games. Before the game started, Nashville High School honored the Girls Golf, Boys Golf, and Volleyball seniors. In the first game, the Lady Knights got out to an early lead, but Nashville was able to come back to tie the game at 15. Mater Dei took control from there outscoring Nashville 10-5 the rest of the way, winning the game 25-20. Game two was all Mater Dei as they took control early and never looked back, as they won the game 25-7, taking the match.

Leading the way for Nashville was Abby Kempfer, with four kills. Janie Holle added three kills in the loss, while Mackenzie McFeron had two. Paige Kasten led the Hornettes with eight digs, followed by McFeron with five.

With the regular season over, the Hornettes began Regional play against Dupo on August 24, in the Carlyle Regional. The Hornettes dominated the matchup easily defeating Dupo 25-9, 25-10. In the first game, the Hornettes fell behind 1-0, but controlled the action from there. In game two, Nashville never trailed, as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back.

After the game, Coach Josh Konkel talked about the win. “ We didn't want to look past Dupo, we wanted to come out and play aggressive, try and eliminate mistakes, play fast. I thought our girls did a nice job of doing that, controlling the ball and being aggressive.”

Leading the way for Nashville was Holle with ten kills in the win, followed by McFeron with six kills and Jenna Harris with five. Kasten led the team in 20 assists, while McFeron led the team with seven digs.