Opening night for Shelbyville volleyball was twisted at Taylorville on Thursday night, losing, 12-25, 21-25.

“Taylorville is a solid team,” said Ram coach Jamie Watson. “They have improved over the years. We just couldn’t get into a rhythm.”

The Tornadoes more than doubled up the Rams in the 1st set, winning by 13 points. Game 2 was a closer set, decided by just 4 points.

Shelby only managed 15 kills with one block and one ace for 17 attack points, scoring just 33 (51%). They spent much more effort on defense, with 43 digs. The only double-digit performers for Shelbyville were Chloe Watson with 12 assists towards 15 kills (80%), Kya McConnell with 10 service points and libero Lexi Rohdemann with 17 of the 43 digs (40%).

Kyleigh Marty scored on 33.3% of her swings, leading the Rams with 9 kills. McConnell had the only ace (1 of 10 attempts).

Setter Chloe Watson had the only block. Watson finished with 12 of the 13 assists with no errors on 62 handling chances. Rohdemann had the other assist.

Rohdemann was followed on defense by Watson with 9 digs and Marty with 8. Rohdemann led in serve receive with 15 receives and just 2 errors. Marty took 9 serves with one error. Shelby had just 4 errors on serve receive, while serving 3 errors.

“Consistency is something we have been struggling with all summer,” Coach Watson said. “Being consistent at the service line is something that has to be worked on and must improve.

“Hopefully, the first set was just 1st-game jitters, because set two we played much better. We got excited which increased our intensity of play. Getting this first match under our belt allows us to see what we need to do to move forward and have a successful season.”

Shelbyville (0-1) travels to Mattoon on Tuesday, then hosts Nokomis on Thursday.

Thursday Varsity

Taylorville def. Shelbyville, 25-12, 25-21

Ram stats: Kyleigh Marty 5 pts, 9 kills, 8 digs; Kya McConnell 10 pts, 1 ace, 3 digs; Mia Wade 5 points, 1 kill, 2 digs; Madi Cisna 3 points, 2 kills, 1 dig; Lexi Rohdemann 17 digs, 2 pts; Chloe Watson 12 assists, 2 pts, 9 digs, 1 blk; Carson Beyers 1 kill, 2 digs.

Prior to the varsity match, the Rams JV won their first contest in 3 sets, 25-22, 17-25, 16-14.

“For our very first game the girls played pretty well,” said Ram JV coach Meleah Brinkoetter. “They fought all the way for the win in Game 3. Gracee Tucker did a great job in the back row.

“Jaylin (McCabe) did a good job playing all around on the outside with the help of Emma Stauder and Andi Hall. Junior Alana Dove did a great job being a team leader and played very well. These girls are a lot of fun to coach and am looking forward to our next match against Mattoon.”


Shelbyville def. Taylorville, 25-22, 17-25, 16-14

Ram stats: Gracee Tucker 1 pt, 17 digs; Jaylin McCabe 12 pts 2 ace, 2 kills, 13 digs, 2 blks; Alana Dove 10 pts, 1 ace, 1 kill, 10 assists, 10 digs; McKenna Durbin 10 pts, 3 kills, 5 assists, 8 digs, 2 blks; Mallory Holland 9 pts, 3 aces, 1 assist, 4 blks; Rylee Price 6 pts, 4 kills, 2 digs, 2 blks; Andi Hall 6 pts, 1 kill, 5 digs; Emma Stauder 4 pts, 4 kills. 1 assist, 5 digs.

Fresh-soph Rams were beaten 17-21, 16-21.

“We definitely came out tonight with the first game jitters,” said fresh-soph coach Brittany Pierce. “We finally got in a groove and started to play our game and then we started making unforced errors. These girls have potential and I know they will eventually get it. We had some great hustle plays tonight and the girls really scrapped. Just too many silly mistakes and miscommunication errors.”


Taylorville def. Shelbyville 21-17, 21-16

Ram stats: Gracee Tucker 8 digs; Rylee Price 4 kills; Graycee Gottfriedt 4 assists, 3 kills; Alivia Young 2 assists, 4 digs

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