The CHBC junior high volleyball teams are toiling away and in search of wins. They were 0-for-the Pana 8th tourney, but played well. On Monday, the 7th and 8th Bobcats were swept by Neoga. 

At the Pana 8th grade tourney, CHBC played their best against Pana and almost upset Hillsboro in the 5th place game.

They lost to Pana in pool play, 25-17, 25-17.

Though out-scored 50 to 34 and losing by 8 in both sets they recorded 20 attack points in a total of 34 points (58%). They served 7 aces, hit 7 kills, and had 6 blocks. Their serve percentage was 85%.

"This has been their best game so far this season," Coach Jefferies said. "They played hard, set each other up, and communicated well."

Ruby Stuckemeyer hit 2 kills and stuffed 5 blocks for 7 attack points. Marissa Summers served 5 aces, had a kill and a block for 7 attack points of her own. Audri Kaiser served 2 aces. Hadley Hagler hit 2 kills and led the defense with 15 digs. Kaiser followed with 14 digs. Katlyn Arnett scooped 10.

Pana def. CHBC, 25-17, 25-17

CHBC stats: Ruby Stuckemeyer 2 kills, 5 blocks; Marissa Summers 9 points, 5 aces, 1 kill, 1 block, 1 dig; Audri Kaiser 7 points, 2 aces, 1 assist, 14 digs; Hadley Hagler 2 kills, 15 digs; Katlyn Arnett 1 assist, 10 digs; Shae Nohren 1 point; Koda Colman 1 point; Abbi Morgason 1 kill.

Against Morrisonville, CHBC was stymied early, losing by 15, but then came back to lose by just five in the 2nd set, 25-10, 25-20. 

CHBC was out-scored 50 to 30 and had just 6 attack points, on 2 aces, 2 kills, and 2 blocks (20%). However, their serve percentage was 93%.

"They started off a bit rough, but once they got used to how Morrisonville played, they were able to pick it up," Coach Jefferies said. "Once again, I was pleased with how well they played together." 

Kendyl Vaughn led at the net with 7 points and an ace, plus 3 digs, followed by Arnett with 5 points and an ace. Stuckemeyer and Hagler had a kill, each. Summers had two blocks and led the defense with 6 digs.

Morrisonville def. CHBC, 25-10, 25-20

CHBC stats: Summers 2 blocks, 6 digs; Vaughn 7 points, 1 assist, 1 kill, 3 digs; Arnett 5 points, 1 ace; Kaiser 3 points, 1 dig; Hagler 1 point, 1 assist, 1 kill, 3 digs; Morgason 1 point, 1 dig; Stuckemeyer 1 kill. 

Winless in pool play, the Bobcats looked to upset Hillsboro in the 5th place game and almost did. They lost the first set by 8, 25-17, but came back and won the 2nd set by 3, 25-22. In the shortened tie-break, they faded to lose by 8, 15-7.

"We should have been able to take this set, but we lost momentum in the last game," Coach Jefferies said. "I'm very proud of  their play this whole tournament. They always have  tough teams and we played at a high level."

CHBC was out-scored 62 to 49. They did record 14 attack points of 49 total points (28.5%) in the loss. They had 6 aces, 7 kills, and a block. Their serves were at a high 94%.

Summers served 11 points with 3 aces. Arnett served 5 points with 2 aces. Vaughn served 6 points with one ace and 2 kills, Five other Bobcats had solo kills. CHBC dished 5 assists towards their 7 kills (71%).

Karlee Smith had a kill and a block. Kaiser led the defense with 14 digs. Summers and Arnett followed with 10 digs each.

5th Place

Hillsboro def. CHBC, 25-17, 22-25, 15-7

CHBC stats: Summers 11 points, 3 aces, 1 kill, 10 digs; Arnett 5 points, 2 aces, 3 assists, 10 digs; Vaughn 6 points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 4 digs; Kaiser 4 points, 2 assists, 12 digs; Hadley Hagler 1 point, 1 kill, 4 digs; Shae Nohren 1 kill, 4 digs; Karlee Smith 1 assist, 1 kill, 1 block' Abbi Morgason 1 dig; Stuckemeyer 1 kill  

On Monday against Neoga, the 8th grade had jet lag from the weekend and lost, 25-18, 25-9.

"We went from having some of our best playing this weekend to one of our worst," Coach Jefferies said. "The girls were not playing well with each other and communication was at an all time low."

They were out-scored 50 to 27. They managed 7 attack points as a team out of 27 total (25.9%).  They served 5 aces, hit 1 kill, and stuffed one block.

Summers led with 7 points and 4 aces. Kaiser had four points and the other ace. Hagler had the lone kill and the lone block. Kaiser led the defense with 4 of the just 12 digs.



Neoga def. CHBC, 25-18, 25-9

CHBC stats: Summers 7 points, 4 aces, 3 digs; kaiser 4 points, 1 ace, 4 digs; Vaughn 2 points, 1 dig; Hagler 1 kill, 1 block, 1 dig; Nohren 2 assists 2 digs; Arnett 1 assist; Smith 1 assist, 1 dig.

The 7th grade fared about the same as the 8th grade, losing in two, 25-12, 25-22. They were out-scored 50 to 34. They managed just 4 attack points out of 34.

"The girls had an off night and just played flat," Coach Jefferies said. "They picked it up in their second game, but still were not their best."

Lizzie Parks and Addison Wasson served 4 points with one ace, each. Macee Rodman served two points with an ace. Kyleigh Linder had the only kill with 2 points. Rodman had the only dig.  

Pana 8th Tourney

Pool A: Pana 2-0, Morrisonville 1-1, CHBC 0-2

Pool B: Taylorville 2-0, Nokomis 1-1, Hillsboro 0-2.

Championship: Taylorville def. Pana

5th Place: Hillsboro def. CHBC

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