The Shelbyville Rams volleyball team ousted the Newton Eagles Thursday in two sets in the Class 2A regional.
Shelbyville coach Jamie Watson said this was the third time the two teams met this season, making for an exciting atmosphere in regional play.
“(Thursday’s) match was exciting to say the least. This was the third time we had seen Newton, and the first two times didn’t go our way,” Watson said. “I think just about every coach on staff told our girls ‘you know it’s hard to beat a team three times.’ I’m not sure the girls believed it until they proved it.”
Watson said the team had a slow start in the match and at one point in the first step were down 3-10. Watson said the Rams quickly worked their way back to a winning spot in the set, and edged Newton 25-20 in set one.
Set two was another close match up between the Rams and the Eagles. Shelbyville pushed ahead, however, to beat Newton in the second set 25-18.
“I am super proud of these girls—everyone of them—including my bench,” Watson said. “My bench was involved this entire match by encouraging and continuously cheering them on. It is so nice to see this team working as one, being excited and competing to the very end.”
Kyleigh Marty was the kill leader for the Rams, notching 11 kills on the night, and producing two service aces. Chloe Watson was also an offensive powerhouse, adding seven kills to the team’s total of 26 kills between the two sets.
Twelve blocks made Shelbyville a force at the net as well. Madi Cisna and Mallory Holland tied the team-high four blocks on the night. As for assists, Chloe Watson added 13 to the team’s total of 18 with Kya McConnell, Kynlee Summers and Alexis Rhodemann contributing the remaining five; Rhodemann had the team-high 15 digs as well.
Newton produced an evenly balanced offense as Brooke Jansen had six kills, and Renee Probst and Brooke Johnson had five each. Probst and Maddi Hemrich landed the team’s only aces.
Kelsi Geltz added to the team’s 50 digs with her 15, and Probst once landed in the top two spot in team stats with 12 digs. Hemrich led in assists with 18.
The Newton Eagles ended their season with a 28-9 record. The Shelbyville Rams were scheduled to move on to the Salem Sectional Monday night to take on Massac County.
If Shelbyville wins their opening game of sectionals, the team will face the winner of the Fairfield vs. Pana match.