The Windsor/Stew-Stras Hatchet volleyball team (25-15) finished their season in the 1A Sweet 16, being defeated last Wednesday in the Sectional Championship by fellow NTC foe Altamont, 25-16, 25-12, after beating Cumberland in the semifinal, 25-13, 25-20.
WSS had made a run at the end of the season. They went 8-2 the last 10 matches. They went 4-1 at the Mt. Pulaski pre-postseason tournament, taking 3rd place.
In the regional, they beat Decatur Lutheran, 25-16, 25-16. In the semifinal, they beat Heritage, 25-12, 25-23. They took on an improved Central A&M team in the regional final and won, 25-12, 25-21.
In the sectional semi, WSS knocked off Cumberland for the 2nd time this season. WSS beat them early in the season, 25-20, 25-18. At the sectional semi, WSS beat Cumberland again, 25-13, 25-20.
The Hatchets rock ‘n rolled even without their starting libero, Anna Schlechte, and setter Lexi Domzalski. They out-scored the Bucs by 17 points, 50 to 33. They won in straight sets again by 12 points, then 5 points. They hit 32 kills, served 4 aces, and recorded 5 blocks for 41 attack points out of 50 total.
Mackinzee Reynolds was a net assassin with 16 kills, a block and a block assist for 17.5 attack points. Claire Moomaw and Hannah Hayes followed with 5 kills, each. Moomaw added 2 block assists for 7 attack points. Hayes added one ace for 6 attack points. Hayes also led the offensive game with 24 of the 29 assists. She handled the ball 49 times with just 3 errors.
Jessica Rauch, a standout defender in her own right, stood in and led the Hatchets with 15 of the 38 WSS digs. She also took 14 receives with just one error. Natalie Hayes led the serve receive crew with 16 receives and just 2 errors.
Windsor Sectional Semi
WSS def. Cumberland, 25-13, 25-20
WSS stats: Mackinzee Reynolds 16 kills, 1 block, 1 blk asst, 4 digs, 2 assists, 2 receives; Claire Moomaw 5 kills, 1 block, 2 blk asst, 2 digs, 1 assist, ; Hannah Hayes 5 kills, 1 ace, 24 assists, 6 digs; Natalie Hayes 3 kills, 1 ace, 1 blk asst, 6 digs, 16 receives; Mackenzie Brown 2 kills, 1 blk asst, 1 dig, 1 assist, 2 receives; Brianna Hewing 1 kill, 2 aces, 1 blk asst; Jessica Rauch 15 digs, 14 receives; Adi McCray 4 digs, 2 receives
Altamont was better than Windsor/Stew-Stras every time they met this season. The two teams took different paths to the sectional final, but once there Altamont still had the upper hand.
WSS was beaten by nine points in the first set and then were sent home with a 14-point loss in the 2nd set. Altamont out-scored the Hatchets by 23 points, 50 to 28.
The last time the teams met was at the NTC championship. Altamont won, 25-11, 25-14. This match was a repeat. In the NTC final, WSS managed just 9 kills, spread evenly among five hitters. They had 2 aces and 4 block assists for just 13 attack points.
The offense handled the ball 69 times with only 2 errors. They just couldn’t translate them to kills. The defense scooped 45 digs and recorded 47 serve receives out of 53 attempts (88%), but they still lost.
Mackinzee Reynolds led WSS this season with 284 kills and a kill percentage of 34.2. Hannah Hayes followed with 171 kills at 37.5%. Karlie Bean had 141 kills at 29.9%. Claire Moomaw finished with 136 kills (39.4%).
Three front line players had over 50 total blocks. Brianna Hewing led with 60 (10 solo). Moomaw had 56 total (9 solo) and Reynolds had 54 total with a team high 13 solo blocks.
Lexi Domzalski led the setters with 355 assists, handling the ball 1001 times with 20 errors. Hannah Hayes dished 308 assists in 1007 attempts and 29 errors.
Rauch led the team with 41 aces, serving 348 times with just 11 errors (96.8%).
Anna Schlechte led the court defense this year with 355 digs. Rauch followed with 234 digs and Hannah Hayes 232. Reynolds had 217.
Schlechte also led the team with 500 serve receives. Reynolds had 292, Rauch 254, and Karlie Bean 177.