SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Pana was just better in the end. The Panthers beat Shelby 7th volleyball, 24-26, 25-19, 25-8. Pana beat Shelby 8th in straight sets, 25-17, 25-16.
After the gut-check win in game 1, 26-24, the Rams lost momentum. Once that happened it couldn’t be resurrected. Young Shelby just faded in game 3.
“The girls started off strong against Pana, “ said Ram 7th coach Elizabeth Fanning. “The first game was the best game they have played to date. However, we lost our momentum and just couldn’t pull out that victory.”
Despite the fade, Hannah Kemp led Shelby 7th again with 16 points and four aces. She had one of the just three kills. Lauren Russell was also a double digit performer with 13 points, a team-high five aces, one of the other kills and one of four blocks.
Elizabeth Bowyer had the other kill, plus another of the four blocks and two of their 11 aces. Isabel Logue dished the only two assists on the Rams side.
Pana def. Shelbyville, 24-26, 25-19, 25-8
Ram stats: Hannah Kemp 16 points, 4 aces, 1 kill, 1 dig; Lauren Russell 13 points, 5 aces, 1 kill; Isabel Logue 8 points, 2 assists, 1 block; Elizabeth Bowyer 6 points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 1 dig, 1 block; Emma Beck 6 points; Jayde Fox 5 points; Sydnie Helton 1 point.
The 8th grade was bested from the coin toss, losing by eight and nine points in the two games of the set.
“We played better as a team,” said Ram 8th coach Taylor Rhodes. “Pana had some good hitters and I thought our defense went well. We just couldn’t get the win.”
Savannah Marty led Shelby at the net with a team-high three kills. Shayla Darnell led Shelby in defense. She had a team-high eight digs with two kills. Blair Rodman was top in net defense with two blocks to go with her two kills. Bailee Buckles led the team with four assists. Marty had two.
Shelby had 10 kills as a team and four blocks. They were on defense a lot, recording 20 digs, their biggest stat.
Pana def. Shelbyville 25-17, 25-16
Ram stats: Shayla Darnell 2 points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 8 digs; Savannah Marty 3 points, 3 kills, 2 assists, 1 dig; Emma White 3 points, 1 kill, 1 assist, 1 dig, 1 blocks; Blair Rodman 2 points, 2 kills, 3 digs, 2 blocks; Mallorie Mason 3 points, 1 ace, 2 digs; Kendyll Dunaway 4 points, 3 digs; Bailee Buckles 4 assists; Jordan Bruder 1 kill, 1 block; Emmalee Storm 1 kill, 2 digs.