Shelbyville volleyball started out like gangbusters, but then faded at Mattoon on Tuesday, losing 25-14, 17-25, 16-25.

“This match was much better to watch than last Thursday,” said Ram coach Jamie Watson. “I saw a lot of positives, but definitely saw a lot that needs work, serious work. Our defense, which I thought was going to be a strong piece to our team is not panning out like it should. This means more extensive work on defense. I am trying to find the chemistry to this team and I feel like I am getting closer to figuring that out.

Kyleigh Marty led Shelbyville with 11 kills from 29 attacks (37.9%). She also served up 3 aces with errors for a total of 14 attack points. Shelbyville had a total of 58 points and 31 were attack points (53.5%).

Shelbyville started out with an 11-0 lead in the first set and went on tpo win by double-digits.

“On the positive side tonight, we had no bad serves, which was wonderful! We started set one off with a lot of talking and enthusiasm, which in turn made us play better as a team. Mattoon hadn’t really woke up yet, and we had control of that set.”

In the 2nd set, Mattoon built a 15-7 lead.

“The next set, I changed the line up, we lost our intensity and Mattoon came out with a vengeance,” Watson said. “We couldn’t gain control of this set. Mattoon focused in on a fantastic freshman passer, and somewhat took her out of her game. The enthusiasm and talking was not there.”

Mattoon won the 2nd set by 8 points.

“Set 3 was the same way, Mattoon controlled most of that match again, by our lack of enthusiasm, and communication,” Watson said. “Defense had pretty much given up, so again, we will work on defense and focus on it for the entire match.”

Shelbyville scooped 48 digs, but needed to scoop many more. They had 24 defensive errors. Kya McConnell led the defense with 13 digs and 3 errors. Lexi Rohdemann had 11 digs and 4 errors. Setter Chloe Watson had 9 digs with 4 errors. Watson handled 55 balls with zero errors and dished 18 assists towards the 22 kills (81.8%).

Shelby handled 44 serves and had just 5 errors. Mia Wade took on a team-high 17 serves with 2 errors. Lexi Rohdemann took 11 with no errors. McConnell had 8 with 2 errors and Marty had 7 clean receives. Marty had 7 digs, but muffed 7.

Mattoon won by 9 in the final set, going away.

“Overall, I feel we played much better and if we continue to make these strides then we will be seeing some wins in the future,” Coach Watson said.

Shelbyville varsity (0-2, 0-0 CIC) and Shelby JV (1-1) open at home on Thursday against non-conference Nokomis.

Tuesday

Varsity

Mattoon def. Shelbyville, 14-25, 25-17, 25-16

Ram stats: Kyleigh Marty 16 points, 3 aces, 11 kills, 7 digs; Chloe Watson 5 points, 1 kill, 18 assists, 9 digs; Kya McConnell 13 digs, 4 points; Lexi Rohdemann 11 digs, 4 points, 2 aces; Kynlee Summers 10 points, 2 kills, 2 digs; Mia Wade 9 points, 3 kills, 3 digs; Madi Cisna 3 kills, 2 digs, 4 blocks; Carson Beyers 2 kills, 1 dig.

JV

Mattoon def. Shelbyville 25-23, 23-25, 15-9

Ram stats: Rylee Price 16 points, 3 aces, 4 kills, 3 digs; Alana Dove 10 points, 1 ace, 3 kills, 8 assists, 5 digs; McKenna Durbin 6 points, 3 kills, 10 assists, 8 digs; Jaylin McCabe 6 points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 10 digs; Emma Stauder 2 points, 4 kills, 3 digs; Chloe Frederick 4 points, 2 digs; Carli Canada 3 points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 dig; Stacia Fox 6 points, 3 aces; Gracee Tucker 1 kill, 6 digs; Mallory Holland 4 points, 1 dig

Fresh-Soph

Mattoon def. Shelbyville, 21-18, 22-20

Ram stats: Gracee Tucker 7 points, 2 aces, 9 digs; Carli Canada 5 points, 1 ace, 8 digs; Mallory Holland 10 points, 2 kills, 2 blocks; McKenna Durbin 5 points, 2 kills, 1 dig; Alivia Young 2 points, 4 assists; Emma Stauder 3 points, 1 kill, 1 dig; Macy Owens 3 points, 1 ace, 3 digs; Erin Hall 1 kill; Rylee price 3 points, 1 ace.

Shelbyville F/S (0-2)

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

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