The Shelbyville Rams (7-4, 1-0 CIC) are ahead of the curve and are doing what it takes to stay there. They displayed that on Thursday night going to Sullivan and getting a dominant win, 25-13, 25-7.

"Very nice start to our conference match-ups," said Ram coach Amy Russell. "Everyone had a big part in tonight’s win. We’ve hit practices hard and was nice to see the efforts shown towards this win."

Shelbyville out-scored the Redskins, 50-20. They swung for 23 kills in the too-quick, 2-set victory. They added 3 blocks and 8 aces to record 34 attack points out of 50 (68%). They dished 20 assists towards the 23 kills, getting 87% from their offense.

Kyleigh Marty had a season-high 8 kills and Lauren Russell followed with 5. Gabi Pierce dished 10 of the 20 assists, besides her 3 kills. She had 20 ball handling chances with no errors. Chloe Watson had 5 assists on 10 ball handling chances with no errors. 

"Kyleigh Marty and Lauren Russell led the net tonight," Coach Russell said. "Even better, 2 of Russell’s kills were from the back row. Gabi Pierce, a first-year setter, led the court with 10 assists. She has been putting in a lot of work since last year, so very proud of her and her commitment to getting better in every element of the game."

What really crippled Sullivan was the service line. Lauren Russell delivered 6 aces in her 16 service points (37.5%) with 1 error. Russell finished with 12 attack points. Pierce also served 8 points with no errors with an ace (4 attack pts).

Elizabeth Bowyer had the other Ram ace, plus 2 kills and 2 blocks (5 attack pts). Morgan Parsons hit 3 kills and rose for 2 blocks for 5 attack points.

"Russell & Pierce dominated at the service line creating Sullivan to be out of system," Coach Russell said, "This team is getting work done – good night to be a Ram!"

Russell also led the defense with 11 digs (0 errors), giving her a double-double in a short match. Freshman libero Alexis Rohdemann received a team-high 9 serves with one error and 4 digs. Rheannah Donald had 4 receives with  no errors. She and Pierce added four digs, each.  

Shelbyville (7-4, 1-0 CIC) plays next on Saturday at the St. Anthony Tourney. The first match is against Okaw Valley (7-5).

Varsity 

Shelbyville def. Sullivan 25-13, 25-7

Ram stats: Gabi Pierce 8 points, 1 ace, 10 assists, 3 kills, 4 digs; Carolyn Nohren 2 kills; Elizabeth Bowyer 4 points, 1 ace, 1 assist, 2 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs;  Rheannah Donald 6 points, 4 digs; Lauren Russell 16 points, 6 aces, 5 kills, 1 block, 11 digs; Morgan Parsons 4 points, 3 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs; Kyleigh Marty 8 kills, 1 dig; Chloe Watson 4 points, 5 assists, 1 dig; Isabel Logue 6 points, 3 assists, 3 digs; Alexis Rohdemann 1 assist, 4 digs.

The Ram JV (6-0, 1-0 CIC) stayed perfect by trouncing the Redskins just as dominantly, 25-13, 25-6.

They outscored the Sully JV by 31 points, 50-19. Shelby hit 16 kills and served 14 aces for 30 attack points out of 50 total (60%). They dished 13 assists to the 16 kills (81%).

"Great from start to finish," said Ram JV coach Jamie Watson. "Really pleased that everyone made advancements towards our end game."

The net attack was like whack-a-mole. Eight different hitters scored from all over the court. Jasmine Kerr dished a team-high 9 assists and was a kill leader with 3 kills. Kynlee Summers and Madi Cisna had 3 kills. 

Stacia Fox led at the line with 11 points and 5 aces. Carson Beyers served 12 points with 2 aces. Kya McConnell served 5 points and 3 were aces (60%).

The defense only needed 18 digs to defend Sully. Jaylin McCabe led with 6 and Andi Hall and McConnell followed with 4 each.

JV

Shelbyville def. Sullivan, 25-13, 25-7

Ram stats: Carson Beyers 12 points, 2 aces, 2 assists, 2 kills, 1 dig; Holly Metzger 1 kill; Kynlee Summers 1 point, 1 assists, 3 kills, 1 digs; Jasmine Kerr 5 points 9 assists, 3 kills; Andi Hall 3 points, 2 aces, 1 kills, 4 digs; Madi Cisna 3 kills; Kya McConnell 5 points, 3 aces, 4 digs; Jaylin McCabe 4 points, 1 kill, 6 digs; Chloe Frederick 5 points, 1 ace, 2 kills; Natalie Frederick 4 points, 1 ace, 1 assist, 2 digs; Stacia Fox 11 points, 5 aces.

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