Although the Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City 7th grade volleyball team (1-5) had won a match this year, the 8th grade was still looking (0-9).

On Tuesday, the Bobcats went to St. Elmo and recorded their first sweep. CHBC 7th won, 25-19, 25-19, and the CHBC 8th won, 20-25, 26-24, 25-22. 

The 7th graders were fighting sickness, but managed the straight set win, their second of the season. They had two solid 6-point wins to out-score St. Elmo by 12 in the match.

"We were minus a couple of players due to illness," said CHBC coach Angela Jefferies. "The girls were able to communicate and work well together to take away the win."

The Bobcats recorded 18 attack points. They served 14 points and hit for 4 kills. They were championed by Kyleigh Linder who set the pace for the victory

Linder served a team-high 14 points and 9 of them were aces (64%) and she hit a team-high 3 kills, giving her 12 of the team's 18 attack points. Macee Rodman served 6 points, 3 were aces (50%). She had the only recorded dig.

Addison Wasson served 5 points and 2 were aces (40%). The othe kill came from Lizzie Parks who had 2 points. Lexie Parks served 4 points.



CHBC def. St. Elmo/Brownstown, 25-19, 25-19

CHBC stats:  Kyleigh Linder 12 points, 9 aces, 3 kills; Macee Rodman 6 points, 3 aces, 1 dig; Addison Wasson 5 points, 2 aces; Lizzie Parks 2 points, 1 kill; Lexie Parks 4 points

It was a banner day for the 8th grade Bobcats as they notched their first victory. They started in the hole, down 1-0, but managed to take the 2nd set in overtime and force a 3rd set. That was still a nail-biter, but the persevered and won by 3 points.  

"The team was able to get their cohesiveness from the weekend back," coach Jefferies said. "They all played well to take home their first win of the season."

The CHBC 8th and St. Elmo both finished the match with 71 points. CHBC served 9 aces, swung for 7 kills and had a block for 17 attack points out of 71 (24%). CHBC dished 6 assists towards 7 kills (85.7%) and scooped up 14 digs.

A trio of servers led CHBC. Katlyn Arnett scored a team-high 12 points with 3 aces (25%). Marissa Summers served 11 points with a team-high 4 aces (36%). Kendyl Vaughn served 9 points with 2 aces.

Summers was the kill leader. She hit 4 kills to give her a team-high 8 attack points. Ruby Stuckemeyer hit 2 kills. Audri Kaiser dished a team-high 3 assists and added a kill. Karlee Smith had the lone CHBC block and dished two assists.

Vaughn and Shae Nohren led the team defense with 5 digs, each. Summers followed with 3.

CHBC 7th (2-5) and CHBC 8th (1-9) was to host Stew-Stras on Thursday before the 7th grade heads to the Pana 7th grade tourney on Saturday. Both squads have a 3-match road trip next week at Dieterich on Monday, Ramsey on Tuesday, and Mulberry Grove on Thursday. 


CHBC def. St. Elmo/Brownstown, 20-25, 26-24, 25-22

CHBC stats: Katlyn Arnett 12 points, 3 aces, 1 assist; Marissa Summers 11 points, 4 aces, 4 kills, 3 digs; Kendyl Vaughn 9 points, 2 aces, 5 digs; Audri Kaiser 3 points, 3 assists, 1 kill; Ruby Stuckemeyer 2 kills; Karlee Smith 1 block, 1 dig; Shae Nohren 1 point, 5 digs 

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