Shelbyville volleyball dug themselves out of a pool play hole on Saturday. After going 0-3, the Rams won two straight matches to salvage the Pana/Shelby Invite.

Shelby lost to Newton, 19-25, 16-25; lost to St. Thomas More, 13-25, 19-25; lost to Effingham, 23-25, 19-25; beat Windsor/Stew-Stras 25-13, 9-25, 15-13, and beat Effingham, 25-15, 25-20.

“We had a tough pool today, but I felt like we could handle Newton a little better than we did when faced them at the St. Anthony Tournament,” said Ram coach Jamie Watson. “I thought we were playing better, doing some things we weren’t doing then and we were fresh. Well, we have a habit of giving up if things start falling apart on our side of the net. Everything stops, the communication, the excitement, the effort, the positives, the fight and drive. This is where I want them to dig deep and fight back, it’s there we just can’t find it and get to emerge and we are running out of time in our season to do this.

Shelbyville lost to their first 3 opponents 150 to 109, losing each match by an average of 13 points (6.5 ppg).

“The teams we played today in the morning pool were quicker than we had seen this season and it something we really didn’t adapt to. Though they were tough and quicker than we were used to, we didn’t compete with them like should have.”

Shelbyville then survived a determined Windsor/Stew-Stras team that had played them before and were more confident this time. WSS took them to 3 games in a teeter-totter match that then ended in just a 2-point difference.

“Once pool play was over, we played WSS,” Watson said. “I knew this could go either way and if we didn’t get it together it wasn’t going our way. Fortunately, we were able to pull it together and pull a win out in 3 sets.”

That set up a rematch with Effingham. Shelbyville got the upper hand and took the match by 15 points in a 1-point win and a 5-point win in straight sets.

“We then faced Effingham again, we could beat them, if there was a change and we played much better against WSS, so I felt like this is going to a better match,” Watson said. “The girls came out like a completely different team. They were taking care of business against Effingham and did just that. I was very proud of the way the girls came back and finished with a strong great win on the day.”

“I used everyone on my bench today and, when I needed them, they were ready and did just what I needed them to do,” Coach watson said. “The all-tournament team was voted on during our 3 morning matches and Kynlee Summers was voted on the all-tourney team by our pool play.”


Pana/Shelby Invite

Pool Play: Shelby lost to Newton, 19-25, 16-25; lost to St. Thomas More, 13-25, 19-25; lost to Effingham, 23-25, 19-25;

Championship Rounds: Shelby def. Windsor/Stew-Stras 25-13, 9-25, 15-13; def. Effingham, 25-15, 25-20.

5-match stats: Chloe Watson 40 points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 84 assists, 19 digs, 2 blocks; Kyleigh Marty 26 points, 43 kills, 2 assists, 25 digs; Kya McConnell 28 points, 2 aces, 2 assists, 46 digs; Kynlee Summers 37 points, 3 aces, 24 kills, 15 digs, 4 blocks; Madi Cisna 16 kills, 1 assist, 5 digs, 4 blocks; Mia Wade 31 points, 2 aces, 10 kills, 1 assist, 31 digs, 2 blocks; Carson Beyers 30 points, 1 assist, 32 digs; Mal Holland 6 kills, 1 dig, 5 blocks; Andy Hall 3 digs; Jaylin McCabe 2 digs; McKenna Durbin 1 assist; Carli Canada 1 dig

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