Shelbyville volleyball (18-10) was undefeated in the conference (5-0) and the most dangerous team to play was Central A&M at home. Shelby won, but they had to battle to secure out the win, 25-17, 15-25, 25-23.

“A&M was fired up tonight and really wanted this win,” said Ram coach Jamie Watson. “We dominated the 1st set, but struggled the 2nd. The start of the 3rd set started off on the same as the 1st set, but then we came to a halt and weren’t taking care of the ball like we needed to. Finally, we were able to pull out the win.”

Shelby was not really challenged early, getting an 8-point win in the 1st set, 25-17. Shelby sizzled 32 kills and delivered 6 aces with 4 blocks for 42 attack points out of 65 (64.6%).

When the season started the consensus was that there were no stars on this team. Although there were no all-world players with a lot of hype, Kyleigh Marty has indeed been the star of this team at the net.

Marty had an all-star performance against A&M. Marty hit a season-high and area-high 17 kills. She also served 2 aces and had 2 blocks for a season-high and area-high 21 attack points. Mackinzee Reynolds had a 20.5 attack point night v. Sullivan on Tuesday (17 kills, 2 aces, 1.5 blocks). Marty also scooped 9 digs, as did Reynolds.

Marty hit an amazing 50% striking kills on 17 of 34 swings. No one else hit even 30%.

The Rams set the offense with 29 assists for 32 kills (90.6%). Chloe Watson came close to another 30+ assists performance, dished 26 assists. Watson handled the ball 61 times, but muffed 4 (93.5%).

Then they let up as the pendulum swung back hard. A&M gave them a 10-point beat down in the 2nd set, 25-15, thanks to the Ram errors, forced and unforced.

Shelby served 6 unforced serving errors. They had 5 blocking errors. Shelbyville suffered 8 hitting errors and swung for 34.8% (32/98).

Defensively, Shelby did have just 5 receive errors, while taking 48 receives successfully (90%). The Rams committed 17 defensive errors (26.5%) out of 64 chances. But, Shelby still dug 47 digs to pull out the win (90%).

The defensive effort was balanced with a freshman taking the lead. Mia Wade scooped 12 digs, followed by Watson, and Kya McConnell with 9, each, and Lexie Rohdemann with 8.

Wade also took 15 receives with one error. McConnell had 15 receives with no errors and Rohdemann received 12 with one error. Those 3 took 42 receives with just 2 errors to aid the Ram passing game.

Ram foibles and A&M determination set up a decisive 3rd set. Shelby got a leg up, but couldn’t put the feisty Raiders away until just two points left in the match, 25-23.

The service line was a positive overall, helping the Rams. Kya McConnell served 15 points with 2 aces and one service error. Kynlee Summers served 15 points with one ace and one service error.

Wade served 11 points with an ace with no errors. Marty had 9 points with 2 aces and 2 errors. Rohdemann served 8 points with one error.

Shelbyville varsity (19-10, 6-0 CIC) and JV (12-2, 6-0 CIC) are off until Thursday when they host St. Teresa for Senior Night. Shelby fresh-soph (13-2, 6-0 CIC) plays at the Pana Fresh-Soph tourney Saturday, then is off until Thursday.

Thursday Varsity

Shelbyville def. Central A&M, W 2-17,15-25,25-23

Ram stats: Kyleigh Marty 9 points, 2 ace, 17 kills (50%), 1 assist, 9 digs, 2 blocks; Chloe Watson 5 points, 2 kills, 26 assists, 9 digs; Mia Wade 11 points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 12 digs; Kya McConnell W; Kynlee Summers 15 points, 1 ace, 7 kills; Alexis Rohdemann 8 points, 8 digs; Madi Cisna 4 kills, 1 dig, 1 block; Carson Beyers 5 digs; Mal Holland 1 kill, 1 block; McKenna Durbin 1 assist; Carli Canada 1 dig.

The Rams JV had little trouble against A&M postiong a 12-point win in the first set and coasting to a 3-point win in the pendulum set that didn’t swing as far as A&M hoped.

Emma Stauder was the steady hand at the rudder, serving 15 points with 2 aces. She also hit 3 kills for 5 attack points. Jaylin Mccabe was the chief net threat with 6 kills and a block for 7 attack points. Mal Holland defended the net with 3 blocks and a kill, while McKenna Durbin had 4 kills and and Stacia Fox 3.

Andi Hall led in setting the offense with 9 assists and Durbin had 6. However, Shelby had just 16 points off the set (80%). Four kills were free balls or 1-timers.

Gracee Tucker led the JV defense (27 digs) with 10 digs, while McCabe had 6.


Shelbyville def. Central A&M 25-13, 25-22

Ram stats: Emma Stauder 15 points, 2 aces, 3 kills; Jay;in McCabe 6 points, 6 kills, 6 digs; McKenna Durbin 4 points, 4 kills, 6 assists, 3 digs; ANdi Hall 10 points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 9 assists, 3 digs; Gracee Tucker 6 points, 1 assist, 10 digs; Mal Holland 1 point, 1 kill, 3 blocks; Stacia Fox 6 points, 3 kills, 1 dig; Chloe Frederick 2 kills.

Ram fresh-soph dismissed A&M easily with a 17-point blowout in the first game and a lopsided 15-point win in the 2nd set. They out-scored A&M by 32 points, 50 to 18.

Alivia Young was key in this match with 14 service points (1 ace) and 11 assists for a double-double.

Graycee Gottfriedt and Carli Canada led in scoring with 7 attack points, each. Gottfriedt had 2 ace, 5 kills and Canada 1 ace and 6 kills. Erin hall had 6 kills.

Stauder started her solid night in the prelim, serving 10 points with 5 aces. She finished the fresh-soph and JV matches with 25 service points, 7 aces, 3 kills for 10 attack points, total.

Gracee Tucker led the defense with 8 digs out of the team’s 24-dig total from 8 defenders.


Shelbyville def. Central A&M, 25-8, 25-10

Ram stats: Alivia Young 14 points, 1 ace, 3 kills, 11 assists, 2 digs; Graycee Gottfriedt 8 points, 2 aces, 5 kills, 4 assists, 4 digs; Carli Canada 3 points, 1 ace, 6 kills, 2 digs; Erin Hall 5 points, 6 kills, 2 digs; Emma Stauder 10 points, 5 aces, 1 dig; Gracee Tucker 2 points, 2 kills, 8 digs; Macy Owens 6 points, 1 dig; McKenna Durbin 2 points, 1 kill, 2 digs.

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