Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — Stew-Stras 7th grade volleyball parlayed a Sacred Heart Regional Championship, a Stew-Stras Sectional Championship, and 17-5 record into an IESA 7-A State Volleyball appearance. However, in the 1st round, the Comets lost to Cissna Park (21-1-0) in straight games, 25-19, 25-20.
According to the IESA, both teams started a little tentative in the first set. Trading side-out points, before either team got into a rhythm.
The Comets made the first move. Mackenzi Tabbert served 5 straight points with three aces to give the Comets the lead. The Comets looked to set Mackenzi all over the court with her power. However, the Wildcats made a quick comeback on play up the middle by Sloan Boyce.
Boyce had a kill up the middle for a side-out and then a big block to put Cissna Park up, 23-17. The Wildcats’ Erica Walder put the last point up with her winning serving to take the first set. The second set Cissna Park took the early lead on the Stewardson-Strasburg, but the Comets fought back to make it a 3-point game, trailing 20-23.
Boyce’s net play was too much in crunch time and she served out the match.