The Shelbyville Ram 8th grade volleyball team scored their 20th win on Friday, as both Shelby teams had make-up matches with Pana. The Ram regular season finale was a split. Ram 7th lost 16-25, 25-12, 22-25, while the Ram 8th won, 25-11, 25-11.
Shelby 7th bounced back from their 9-point loss in the 1st set to win by 13 in the 2nd set. The third match, both teams were on. Pana played just 3-points better in the deciding game. Despite the loss, the Rams out-scored Pana in the match, 63 to 62.
“This was a very competitive match,” said Ram, 7th coach Maggie Keown. “It was one of our best games setting up our offense and defending the attack. We struggled to find the holes in their defense in the first set, which hurt us. This was a great match to play heading into regionals.”
The Rams served 13 aces and swung for 28 kills for 41 attack points out of 63 (65%). They dished 24 assists towards the 28 kills (85%). They scooped 44 digs to fight the Panthers.
Shelby had one player, almost three, with triple doubles. Jaycee Brinkoetter served 11 points, hit 10 kills and dished 13 assists. Maisie Kull had 15 points, 9 kills, 11 digs and Mischa Beals served 10 points, dished 9 assists and scooped 9 digs.
Brinkoetter had 15 attack points and with assists was part of 28 attack points. Kull had 12 attack points. Beals had 4 attack points and with assists was part of 13. Marley Phelps had a double-double with 14 points and 10 digs.
Shelby 7th beat Teutopolis in the 1st round of the Meridian regional on Saturday and will play #1 seed Meridian in a semifinal on Monday at 6 p.m.
The prime-time 8th grade match was not competitive. The Rams won in straight sets, by 14 points in both sets. They out-scored Pana by 28 points, 50 to 22.
“It was nice to end our regular season with a win against Pana and all the girls got to contribute towards the win,” said Ram 8th coach Meleah Brinkoetter.
The Rams served 9 aces, sizzled 12 kills and scored on 2 blocks for 23 attack points out of 50 (46%).
Two servers made it difficult for Pana to get going. Kinzee Musser and Emily Duckett served 15 points, each. Musser aced Pana 5 times and hit 6 kills for 11 attack points. She dished 9 of their 12 assists to give her a piece of 20 attack points. Duckett had an ace, Ella Storm served 2 and Amber Lewis one.
Ram middles did their part. Dru Clark hit 5 kills for 5 attack points and Amber Lewis served an ace, hit 2 kills and had both blocks for 5 attack points of her own. Millie Clark followed with 4 kills.
Shelby scooped 25 digs to dissuade Pana in a balanced effort from 7 defenders. Libero Ella Storm and Musser led with 5 digs, each. Millie Clark and Duckett followed with 4, each.
“We have a week off until our post season starts, which will be nice to work on getting our offense and defense cleaned up,” Coach Brinkoetter said. “I can’t believe we are already at the end of our season. I have had so much fun coaching and glad I got the opportunity to work with these crazy, talented girls.”
Shelby 8th (20-1, 8-0 Okaw) starts Teutopolis 8-3A Regional play as the #1 seed in a semifinal match on Tuesday, March 10 at 6 p.m. against the winner of Cumberland (#4) v. Sullivan (#5).