Shelbyville volleyball was suppose to be a chemistry project this year with no stars, as they rebuilt. New head coach Jamie Watson and “star” senior hitter Kyleigh Marty changed all that.

Shelbyville finished with a record 23-15 and 2nd in the conference (6-1). Their only conference loss was to the eventual state champions. Shelbyville also finished as the Robinson Regional Champions, bowing in the sectional semifinals.

When the Central Illinois Conference all-conference teams were announced, Kyleigh Marty was atop the list, one of three unanimous selections. Mary was joined by Abby Robinson (219 kills) of 2A State Champion St. Teresa and Karli Dean of Tuscola.

Ram junior setter junior Chloe Watson was also 1st Team, along with standout Central A&M senior hitter Channing Reed. Senior Hattie Hardimon of A&M was 2nd team, as was Ram junior hitter Kynlee Summers. Sullivan’s senior hitter Avery Still was Honorable mention, as was Shelby sophomore libero, Alexis Rohdemann.

Marty swung for a team high 345 kills, more than anyone on the state champion team. Only one player at the 2A state tournament had more kills this season.

Marty averaged 9 kills per match. her season high was against Central A&M (17). She had 14 kills twice (Tri-County, Clinton) and 13 against Windsor/Stew-Stras. She had double-digit kills 16 times.

She scored on 37.5% of her attempts with a hitting percentage of .210. She was also second on the team in serving. She sizzled 32 aces, more than one ace per 10 serves. Her serve percentage was 91.6%.

Marty was not a blocker, per se, but she joined the Rams’ block party (116) with 18 blocks. She finished the season with 395 attack points. Marty scooped 181 digs with 207 successful serve receives.

Shelby Area All-CIC Volleyball

1st Team: Kyleigh Marty (Senior) – Shelbyville (Unanimous); Chloe Watson (Junior) – Shelbyville; Channing Reed (Senior) Central A&M

2nd Team: Hattie Hardiman (Senior) – Central A&M; Kynlee Summers (Junior) – Shelbyville

Honorable Mention

Avery Still (Senior) – Sullivan; Alexis Rohdemann (Soph) – Shelbyville

Shelbyville players stats

Marty stats: 345 kills (37.5%), 32 aces, 18 solo blocks, 396 attack pts, 181 digs, 7 assists, 207 receives

Watson stats: 54 kills (21.4%), 14 aces, 13 solo blocks, 81 attack pts, 196 digs, 666 assists, BHA 2030 (98.4%)

Summers stats: 169 kills (34.5%), 24 aces, 18 solo blocks, 1 block assist, 210 attack pts, 108 digs, 7 assists, 21 receives

Rohdemann stats: 315 digs, 282 receives, 13 assists, 16 aces, 2 kills

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