JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Moulton volleyball put a few more feathers in their cap last weekend, the 8th grade swept through the Okaw Conference tournament and the 8th and 7th grade Rams swept Sullivan on Tuesday.
In the conference tourney, Shelby 8th whooped Warrensburg, 25-5, 25-17, mauled Maroa, 25-8, 25-10, then munched Meridian, 25-11, 25-15 in the championship. Then on Tuesday, Shelby 7th just missed sinking Sullivan in two, 25-17, 23-25, 25-8.
"These kids played a great tournament from start to finish," said Ram coach Lisa Peifer. "We didn't over look anyone and played every ball in an aggressive manner. We did a great job at the service line keeping errors to a minimum and also keep the teams across the net on defense most of the match. This group finished 2nd to Meridian last year, so this was a big win for them to earn the conference trophy back. They did a great job and deserved to win this tourney."
One Ram had a triple-double, almost a quadruple-double. Two Rams had a double-double. Jacque Johnston had a triple-double, Caylee Wheeler and Maddie Holland had double-doubles.
Maddie Holland was a beast at the service line and led the net defense. She racked up 63 service points with almost a third of those being aces (20). She had five blocks and with her five kills had 10 net points. Kary Langan led the rest of the service crew with 29 points and five aces.
Sydney Miller was the net assassin, swinging for 16 of the 42 team kills, almost 4 out of 10 of the team's kills on the day. Her three blocks gave her almost 20 net points.
Setters Jacque Johnston and Caylee Wheeler were on their games, as well. They combined for 30 assists of the 42 kills. Johnston served up 16 points with one ace, dished a team-high 18 assists, got down for a team-high 10 digs and swung for nine kills with three blocks (12 net points).
Wheeler served 19 points with one ace and dished 12 assists. She also had four kills and three digs. The Rams had a block party with 15 blocks.
Okaw 8th Tourney
Shelbyville def. Warrensburg, 25-5, 25-17
Shelbyville def. Maroa, 25-8, 25-10
Shelby def. Meridian, 25-11, 25-15
Shelby stats: Maddie Holland 63 points, 20 aces, 5 kills, 5 digs, 5 blocks; Kary Langan 29 points, 5 aces, 4 kills, 7 digs, 1 block; Jacque Johnston 16 points, 1 ace, 9 kills, 18 assists, 10 digs, 3 blocks; Sydney Miller 8 points, 16 kills, 4 digs, 3 blocks; Torre Koontz 14 points, 3 aces, 4 kills, 4 digs, 3 blocks; Caylee Wheeler 19 points, 1 ace, 4 kills, 12 assists, 3 digs; Jerrica Hood 1 point.
On Tuesday, Shelby 7th came within two points of a 2-game sweep, 25-17, 23-25. They missed that opportunity, but took it out on the 'Skins in game 3 with a brutal 25-8 thumping.
"We did well when we controlled the service line," said Ram 7th coach Brittany Pierce. "Overall, we had entirely too many unforced errors, both at the net and at the service line. We felkl apart in game 2 and completely lost confidence. In game 3, we rebounded well, due mainly to awesome service runs from Bailee Buckles and Kendyll Dunaway. Savannah Marty also did a great job all evening."
Shelbyville def. Sulllivan, 25-17, 23-25, 25-6
Ram stats: Kendyll Dunaway 14 points, 6 aces, 2 kills; Bailee Buckles 13 points, 5 aces, 6 assists; Savannah Marty 12 points, 3 aces, 7 assists, 5 kills; Jordan Bruder 2 points, 8 kills; Blair Rodman 11 points, 7 aces, 1 kill, 2 digs; Maggie Furr 9 points, 2 aces, 1 dig; Courtlan Stephens 7 points; Emma White 3 points, 1 kill; Emmalee Storm 1 dig; Mallorie Mason 1 point.
Shelby 8th didn't mess around. They almost doubled the Sullivan scoring, 25-8, 25-18.
"We didn't really have much game play in the 1st gaem after Maddie went back to the line," Coach Peifer said. "She did a great job and took over the game. The 2nd game, we played a different rotation and they all did a good job working out the kinks. I was really happy with how they tried to execute against Sullivan. It wasn't the best win, but it was a win."
Holland carried over her standout performance on Saturday with an equally amazing show at the line. She served up 23 points in a 2-game set, blistering nine aces. She also added a team-high two blocks with her two kills for 4 net points.
Sydney Miller was the top net threat with a team-high six kills and one block (7 net points). The second rotation accounted for the lion's share of the rest of the points.
Sami Hatfield dished out a team-high six assists. Jerrica Hood and Shelby Hendrix served seven and five points. Hood added a kill, Dakota Riley had two kills.
Shelbyville def. Sullivan, 25-8, 25-18
Ram stats: Maddie Holland 23 points, 9 aces, 2 kills, 1 dig, 2 blocks; Sydney Miller 6 points, 1 ace, 6 kills; Sami Hatfield 2 points, 6 assists; Jerrica Hood 7 points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 block; Shelby Hendrix 5 points, 1 dig; Dakota Riley 3 points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 1 dig; Jacque Johnston 1 point, 2 assists; Savannah Carswell 2 points, 1 dig; Torre Koontz 1 kill, 1 block; Caylee Wheeler 1 assist; Kary Langan 1 point.
Shelby 7th (9-9, 4-5 Okaw) and 8th (17-2, 7-0 Okaw) play Thursday, hosting Maroa, beginning at 6 p.m.