JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Central A&M flirted with a winning record throughout the fall. On Thursday, they finished off their regular season with a 14-13 record, beating Monticello, 25-22, 25-14.
It only took A&M 11 kills and nine assists to strike a death blow. Their defense recorded 36 digs, which was key.
Mikah Maples led the attack with four kills, followed by Kaley Hennings with three. Hennings also dished out a team-high six assists. Maples and Taylor Jordan were a 1, 2 punch on defense. They both got down for 13 digs, each.
Net defense was led by Kylee Burhcam and Ryann Dooley with two blocks, each.
Central A&M (14-13) heads to the Macon 2A Regional on Tuesday. A&M (#2) plays Meridian (#3) at 7 p.m.
Central A&M def. Monticello, 25-22, 25-14
A&M stats: Mikah Maples 4 kills, 13 digs; Kaley Hennings 3 kills, 3 aces, 6 assists; Kayla Gibson 2 kills, 3 aces, 5 digs, 3 assists; Morgan Damery 1 kill; Kylee Burcham 1 kill, 2 blocks; Paige Seitz 3 aces, 5 digs; Taylor Jordan 1 ace, 13 digs; Ryan Dooley 2 blocks.
Monticello def. Central A&M, 19-25, 25-22, 15-10