Shelbyville started the season trying to figure some stuff out with few returning seniors and a new coach. They lost to two solid programs on the road, then opened at home on Thursday and sent Nokomis packing, 25-15-25-8.

“This was a much needed win and a great 1st win at home,” said Ram coach Jamie Watson. “We started off slow and were down 0-3, before we took control and never looked back.”

Shelbyville won by 10 in the first set, outscoring Nokomis 25-12 ,the rest of the way. The 2nd set was no contest with a 17-point blowout. Shelby out-scored the Redskins, 50 to 23.

Shelby needed only 16 kills for the quick victory. They added 5 aces and 2 blocks for just 23 attack points out of 50 (46%). Nokomis self-destructed.

Shelby got 15 of the 16 kills out of the offensive set (93.7%), all from setter Chloe Watson.

Kyleigh Marty and Madi Cisna led the attack with 5 kills, each. Kya McConnell got on a roll at the service line. She served 19 points with a team-high 2 aces. She had just 2 service errors in all those serves.

Marty had a team-high 6 attack points and Cisna 5. Kynlee Summers had 3 kills and a block and Mallory Holland had the other block.

The Ram defense needed just 22 digs to defend the ‘Skins. They were led by libero Lexi Rohdemann with 9.

“I am still looking for the right chemistry or fit, and changed some things up, I feel we looked more comfortable on the floor than what we had our previous games, but there still may be changes made.”

It was a combined effort at all phases of the game. Seven Rams scored service points with Freshman Mia Wade following McConnell with 10 points. Five different Rams served aces and five Rams scored kills. Six Rams scooped digs.

“Our communication was better on the floor. Chloe connected with all of our hitters last night very well, which was fun to see. We are still focusing on defense in practice and quickening up our offense.”

The defense had 22 digs with 9 errors. The serve receives were better, taking 16 with only 2 errors. Rohdemann had 7 receives and Wade 5.

“Next week, we will travel to Kansas to play Tri-County and it will be a tough match and Thursday’s match is home against Monticello which will also be a tough one.

Shelbyville varsity (1-2) and JV (2-1) play at Tri-County on Tuesday.

Thursday Varisty

Shelbyville def. Nokomis 25-15, 25-8

Ram stats: McConnell 19 points, 2 aces, 1 digs; Mia wade 10 points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 2 digs; Chloe Watson 7 points, 15 assists, 1 dig; Kyleigh Marty 4 points, 1 ace, 5 kills, 4 digs; Madi Cisna 5 kills; Lexi Rohdemann 2 points, 9 digs; Carson Beyers 2 points, 5 digs; Kynlee Summers 6 points, 1 ace, 3 kills, 1 block.

The Rams JV started strong and coasted to a 2-set win, 25-10, 25-20.

They scored 23 kills and 5 aces with 2 blocks for 30 attack points out of 50 (60%).

Jaylin McCabe led the attack with 8 kill. The other five hitters had 2 or 3., each. They set just 16 of their 23 kills out of the offense (69%), getting one-timers and free ball slams. Alana Dove dished 11 assists and McKenna Durbin 5.

Durbin and Dove led at the line with 13 points 1 ace, and 12 points 3 aces, respectively.

The defense dug 27 digs, led by McKenna Durbin with 7 and Gracee Tucker with 6.


Shelbyville def. Nokomis, 25-10, 25-20

Ram stats: Alana Dove 12 points, 3 aces, 2 kills, 11 assists, 4 digs; McKenna Durbin 13 points, 1 ace, 3 kills, 5 assists, 7 digs; Jaylin McCabe 7 points, 8 kills, 4 digs, 1 block; Andi Hall 6 points, 3 kills, 1 dig; Rylee Price 5 points, 3 kills, 1 dig; Gracee Tucker 6 digs; Mallory Holland 3 points, 1 ace, 1 dig, 1 block; Stacia Fox 4 points, 2 kills; Emma Stauder 3 digs.

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