Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Sports

October 12, 2012

Higher seeds hold on opening night

EFFINGHAM — After cruising to a straight-set victory over Beecher City in the opening game of the 2012 National Trail Conference volleyball tournament, third-seeded Stew-Stras struggled against Altamont.

The Comets topped Beecher City in straight sets, 25-7, 25-14, behind a strong performance from Mariah Tabbert.

Tabbert had four aces, two kills, a dig and two blocks in the first game.

Teammate Kendall Knop added three aces, four kills and three digs in the victory.

But, in their match against Altamont, things were a bit tougher for the Comets.

Stew-Stras still took the match in straight sets, but Altamont made the Comets work for their 25-22, 25-21 victory.

Knop led the way for the Comets in the second match, piling up two aces, 10 kills, 14 assists and a block.

Teammate Brittani Tabbert added three aces, three kills and nine digs.

Lauren White set the tone for the Indians, notching eight kills, two aces, four digs and four blocks in the loss.

Stew-Stras coach Ronda Schlechte said she’s proud of the way her team battled, but acknowledged that they’ll have to do better today and Saturday to win the tournament.

“We played well enough to win,” she said. “But tomorrow they’re going to have to come out a little harder, ready to fight a little bit more.”

She added that the Comets need to be a little more prepared defensively.

“We need to read the offense on the other side better so that we can be ready for defense,” she said.

Tonight, the Comets will take on Windsor. The Blue Devils are the second-highest ranked team in Pool B. Stew-Stras, the No. 2 overall seed, sits atop the pool.

“It will be a good fight,” Schlechte said of tonight’s game. “We’ve played (Windsor) twice this year and we’ve gotten them both times, but that doesn’t always mean the third time is going to be a charm.”

Schlechte said she would love to see her team perform up to its potential and win the tournament championship on Saturday.

“It would be very nice,” she said. “We have a good team and we have a good opportunity. It’s just a matter of getting them all playing on top of their games on the same night.”

Text Only
Sports
  • McNamee.jpg McNamee: Questions about EIU's Jimmy G

    The typical phrase used in situations like this, I think, is: “He shows potential.” I may not have believed anything I was saying, but at least he was in line to be a four-year starter; at least, he had that.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Booker.jpg Pirates push past Flaming Hearts 10-2

    It took a bit for the bats to warm up, but Cumberland made the necessary adjustments at the plate and took down Effingham 10-2 Wednesday afternoon.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bohnhoff.jpg Newton walks off against Dieterich

    For the second straight game, Newton earned a win via the walkoff, this time as Caleb Chesnut drove in the game-winning run with two outs to down Dieterich 5-4.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Niebs.jpg Walsh, Bulldogs fend off Newton 17-8

    Makayla Walsh played the role of starter and stopper.
    She relieved St. Anthony pitcher Jenna Woltman, who was struggling to locate her pitches, and stopped the bleeding during a four-run fourth inning.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Foreman.JPG Flaming Hearts handle Olney

    Effingham cruised to its second dual win of the year, taking all nine matches from Olney Tuesday afternoon.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hearts 5th, St. A 8th at Troy

    Effingham went 3-1 at the Troy Triad Invitational Saturday to earn fifth place overall, while crosstown counterpart St. Anthony went 1-3 and finished eighth.

    April 14, 2014

  • DSC_0281.JPG Lady Shoes stay unbeaten

    The Lady Shoes kept rolling at the Pinckneyville Showcase, winning both games and moving to a perfect 12-0.
    Teutopolis fell behind 3-0 to Pinckneyville after one and it took them until the fourth to get on the board, but once they did, they put up 12 runs in three innings for the 12-6 win.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Herrmann.jpg Bulldogs blow out BCCH 21-2

    St. Anthony base runners were active on Wednesday, taking 20 extra bags by steals or passed balls during the Bulldogs' 21-2 rout.
    Morgan Gardewine finished among the most greedy, scoring twice on passed balls in a 10-run third inning, while collecting one steal and advancing two other times.

    April 10, 2014 2 Photos

  • Deters.jpg A Deters dynasty

    Seven years after her sister committed to Lake Lake College, Jillian Deters did the same.
    The National Trail Conference most valuable player will play her college basketball for the Lakers, a program she knows almost inside and out after watching her sister, Mallory, play for them.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • ZGardewine.jpg Gardewine sharp in St. Anthony win

    St. Anthony kept the pressure on from the get-go both on the mound and the basepaths and beat the reigning NTC champion South Central Cougars 8-2.

    April 10, 2014 2 Photos

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.