Stew-Stras volleyball thought life was a highway with early season success, then they hit some black ice. Altamont upset the apple cart and the Crossroads Classic became the cross-hairs classic with the Comets in the sights of their opponents.
Altamont beat Stew-Stras on Thursday, 25-22, 25-19, while the Comet underclassmen got wins, 25-18, 25-19, and 25-18, 25-19. At the Crossroads, Stew-Stras got beat on Friday by Champaign 25-21, 25-20, then Breese Central, 25-16, 25-15. On Saturday they got beat by Owensboro Catholic, 25-22, 27-25 and Effingham 25-22, 15-25, 15-12. They got one win, over Tri-County on Saturday, 25-22, 25-21.
Altamont brought it to the Comets on Thursday, winning in straight games.
“Altamont brought some very strong competition tonight and we really needed it before Crossroads tournament,” said Comet coach Ronda Schlechte. “Passing hurt us in game 1 and hitting errors in game 2. We had some really good volleys and great plays, but it wasn’t enough to put us over the top. Our defense helped us a lot tonight and we can learn from our mistakes.”
Altamont def. Stew-Stras, 25-22, 25-19
Comets stats: Becca Schlechte 7 kills, 8 assists, 8 digs, .5 blocks; Baylee Quast 2 aces, 2 kills, 14 assists, 4 digs, .5 blocks; Kendall Knop 8 kills, 1 assist, 6 digs, .5 blocks; Brittani Tabbert 5 kills, 11 digs; Lindsay Burton 1 ace, 4 kills, 1 dig, 2 .5 blocks; Morgan Stremming 1 kill, .5 blocks; Sarah Locke 5 digs
Stew-Stras def. Altamont 25-18, 25-19
“I was very happy with our play (Friday) even with two losses,” said Comet coach Ronda Schlechte. “We were able to pull up some awesome digs and put down some hard hits, despite the size of the other teams. Clara Kaufman saw time at the net due to setter Becca Schlechte’s injury. We focused on our positives instead of dwelling on the tough hits we couldn’t pull up.”
The Comets were better on Saturday almost forcing three games against Owensboro, beating Tri-County, and going three games vs. Effingham and only losing by three points.