SHELBYVILLE, IL. — It was another Shelbyville v. Pana rivalry in the Shelbyville 2A Volleyball Regional on Tuesday night. Pan was better on paper, but had not played as well recently. Shelby challenged, but still lost in three games, 25-21, 19-25, 19-25.
Pana had a 106 lead in game 1, but Shelbby started to chip away. Brandy Smith's kill was tipped an went out of bounds. Pana then bumper out. Pana killed, but Smith answered, 11-9. Schoonover swung for a Pana kill, but after a great rally with some great digs, Pana was called for under the net, a call that would become a big factor in the 3-game set.
With Pana up 13-10, Brooke Eisenbarth tip blocked for a Ram point. Eisenbarth then delivered a rocket kill. After a serviceerror, Eisenbarth came back again with a tip block. She was then set on the outside and delivered a kill down the middle of the Pana side to tie the game, 14-14.
Lindsery Eigsti was in the middle of serving a 5-point run. With Shelby up 16-4, Pana had to call time-out. Schoonover swung for a kill, but Eisenbarth responded to the back line. Alex Johnston then blocked a Pana shot and Shelby was up 20-15. At 20-17 Rams, Shelby called time.
At 20-18, Smith tipped for a kill. At 22-18 the Rams had a great dig, but then their block attempt fell out. At 23-19 Pana called time again. Maggie Bosgraaf served an Smith tipped to bring game point, 24-19.
Pana blocked for a score and tippedfor a score, 24-21. Then sophomore Madison Boone blasted a shot into a double block and it fell on the pana side, game over, 25-21 Shelby.
Game 2 was tied at 1-2 and 2-2.. ARam block fell out, then pana blocked a kill, and tipped for a point, 5-2. Pana blocked another shot to go up 6-3. They served an ace,then blocked another Ram shot, 8-3 Pana. Shelby called time-out.