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Hornettes Pick Up Two Conference Wins

The Hornettes hosted Fanconi Anemia night this past week when they faced off against Sparta in SIRR Mississippi Division action. Pictured is the NCHS Volleyball team.

By Brent Huelsmann

The Nashville Hornettes Volleyball team picked up two more conference wins this past week as they defeated Sparta and Carterville, both at home. The Hornettes are now 16-8 on the season, and have a 6-2 record in conference play. The Hornettes will end conference play this Thursday night against DuQuoin, before playing in the Monster Mash Tournament on October 14.

The Hornettes kicked off the week with Fanconi Anemia Night against Sparta. The Hornettes controlled the action, as they completed the conference  season sweep of Sparta, 25-17, 25-9.

Nashville totaled 24 kills in the win, nine of them coming from Mackenzie McFeron. Abby Kempfer finished with five kills, followed by Jenna Harris with three. Bailey Melton finished with two kills while Abby Grabowski, Sydney Schnitker, Taylor Rapp, Delaney Varel, and Vanessa Wyciskalla all had one kill in the win. Melton and Harris also led the team with two aces apiece. Paige Kasten led the way with 17 assists in the win over Sparta, followed by Sydney Brinkman, Schnitker, and Harris who each had two. Abby Wesselman led the team with 13 digs, followed by Brinkman with 11. Kempfer led the team with three blocks.

Nashville then moved on to play Carterville, one of the two teams to beat the Hornettes during the conference slate. This time the Hornettes had no problems with the Lady Lions as they disposed of Carterville 25-17, 25-13.

In the first game, Nashville was able to take an early 9-3 lead over Carterville, and the Hornettes were never really threatened as Nashville built a lead of as high as nine, and Carterville never got closer than five the rest of the way.  Game two was more of the same as again the Hornettes build an early lead and pulled away late to win easily.

After the match, Coach Josh Konkel talked about beating Carterville. “Hopefully it shows the girls that we improved. We’re playing better right now, we’re stepping up at the right time. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going into the postseason, but definitely playing a team a second time and being able to get a little bit of revenge is nice and it’s good for the girls.”

Nashville finished with 27 kills in the match, as Melton led the way with eight. McFeron added six kills, followed by Kempfer with five. Harris finished with four kills, followed by Wyciskalla with three. Kasten notched one kill in the win, to go along with a team high 24 assists for Nashville. Grabowski, Wesselman, and McFeron also each had an assist. Defensively, Wesselman led a balanced effort, as she finished with a team-high eight digs. McFeron finished with seven digs, followed by Wyciskalla with six, and Brinkman with four. Kasten added three digs, while Grabowski finished with two. Kempfer and Harris each had one dig. Kempfer led the way with four blocks, while Melton and Harris had two apiece. McFeron and Kasten each had one block.

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