Shelbyville volleyball (18-10) helped to erase a difficult weekend tournament by dousing St. Elmo’s Senior Night fire on Tuesday, 25-17, 25-11.

Shelbyville (18-10) has moved into the #1 ranking for the Shelbyville Area volleyball. They are essentially even with Okaw Valley (19-9) record-wise and beat Okaw Valley in a head-to-head match earlier this season.

The Rams ran away with this win, out-scoring the Eagles 50 to 28 with a 8-point smackdown and a 14-point dismantling.

“We started off a little cold tonight,” said Ram coach Jamie Watson. “It was St. Elmo/Brownstown’s Senior Night, so they were pumped up and caught us a little off guard. After a time out, we came back out ready to play and we took control of the whole match from there.”

There wasn’t much resistance after the initial Eagle push. St. Elmo finished with just 12 kills, half the Ram number. They scored 15 attack points, total. Shelby served up 6 aces, scored 24 kills, with no blocks, recording 30 attack points out of 50 (60%).

Chloe Watson dished 15 of the 16 assists towards the 24 kills. She had just 45 touches, but no errors.

It was a free ball free-for-all for the Rams. 8 of their kills were free balls or 1-timers, a third of their scoring strikes. Watson recorded a double-double.

Watson had 13 service points with a team-high 4 aces, and dished 15 assists. She also was team 2nd in defense with 9 digs, a near triple-double.

Kyleigh Marty was the net assassin yet again, with 8 kills, Freshman Mallory Holland had 5, Madi Cisna and Kynlee Summers had 4 each and Watson, again, had 3.

Marty had 8 attack points and Watson 7. As setter, Watson had part in 22 of the 30 attack points.

Defense was led by Libero Kya McConnell. She had 14 of the 38 digs, followed by Watson with 9. Mia Wade and Marty had 6 each. McConnell took 7 serve receives with 2 errors and Wade 5 with one error.

Thursday night Shelby varsity (18-10, 5-0 CIC), JV (11-2, 5-0 CIC) and fresh-soph (12-2, 5-0 CIC) travel to Central A & M for conference play.

Tuesday Varsity

Shelbyville def. St. Elmo, 25-17, 25-11

Ram stats: Chloe Watson 13 points, 4 aces, 3 kills, 15 assists, 9 digs; Kyleigh Marty 5 points, 8 kills, 6 digs, 3 rec; Kya McConnell 4 points, 1 assist, 14 digs, 7 rec; Kynlee Summers 7 points, 4 kills, 2 digs, 1 rec; Mallory Holland 5 kills; Carson Beyers 7 points, 1 ace, 1 dig, 4 rec; Madi Cisna 4 kills; Mia Wade 12 points, 1 ace, 6 digs, 5 rec.

St. E stats: Natalie Oberlink 5 kills, 1 block, 4 assists; Vayda Smith 1 ace, 4 kills; Cassidy Moss 2 kills, 4 digs; Josie Strauch 1 kill, 1 dig,; Mackenzie Walk 1 ace; Katelyn Maxey 9 digs, 1 assist; Laney Baldrige 4 digs; Kalea Yagow 4 digs, 5 assists; Emma Gathe 2 digs

The Ram JV was in a dogfight in the first set, but emerged with an OT win, 26-24. Then St. Elmo faded, 25-11, a preview of the varsity tilt.

Shelby only needed 10 kills to win this match, because they served 11 aces and stuffed 6 blocks for 27 attack points out of 51 (52.9%).

McKenna Durbin led at the net with 5 kills and had 6 attack points with an ace. Mal Holland had 4 blocks and 2 aces for 6 attack points. Stacia Fox had 3 kills, a block and 2 aces for 6 attack points.

They dished 8 assists to the 11 kills. Durbin had 4 and Andi Hall 4. Durbin also led the defense with 4 digs. Emma Stauder, Hall, and Gracee Tucker also had 3 digs.

Shelby only needed 8 points to come out of the set offense. They only needed 17 digs to defend St. Elmo. St. Elmo struggled after game 1.

JV

Shelbyville def. St. Elm, 26-24, 25-11

Ram stats: McKenna Durbin 6 points, 1 ace, 5 kills, 4 assists, 4 digs; Jaylin McCabe 8 points, 4 aces, 1 dig; Emma Stauder 12 points, 2 aces, 3 digs, 1 block; STacia Fox 7 points, 2 aces, 3 kills, 1 block; Andi Hall 8 points, 2 kills, 4 assists, 3 digs; Mal Holland 7 points, 2 aces, 2 digs, 4 blocks; Gracee Tucker 3 digs; Carli Canada 1 dig; Erin Hall 2 points.

Ram underclassmen handled St. Elmo in the prelim by 20 points. They won, 25-17, 25-13.

The fresh-soph hit 17 kills and served up 10 aces for 27 attack points. Alivia Young had a team-high 5 kills and 6 attack points. Graycee Gottfriedt led at the line with 11 points and 4 aces. Her 3 kills gave her 7 attack points. She dished 6 assists to give her part in 13 attack points.

Emma Stauder had 2 aces and 3 kills for 5 attack points and Carli Canada had an ace and 4 kills for 5 attack points. Gracee Tucker led the defense with 7 digs, while Canada and Young had 6, each.

Fresh-Soph

Shelbyville def. St. Elmo, 25-17, 25-13

Ram stats: Graycee Gottfriedt 10 points, 4 aces, 3 kills, 6 assists, 3 digs; Emma Stauder 11 points, 2 aces, 3 kills, 3 digs; Alivia Young 5 points, 1 ace, 5 kills, 2 assists, 6 digs; Carli Canada 9 points, 1 ace, 4 kills, 6 digs; McKenna Durbin 7 points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 1 dig; Erin Hall 2 points, 2 kills, 1 dig; Macy Owens 3 points, 2 digs; Gracee Tucker 3 points, 7 digs.

John Curtis can be reached at john.curtis@shelbyvilledailyunion.com

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