Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


October 4, 2013

St. Anthony bests scrappy Shoes 25-17, 25-17


The Bulldogs pulled away in similar fashion in the second game after T-Town’s Michele Schmidt evened the game at 11 with a stuff block.

Bailey called a timeout to try to slow down the Lady Shoes’ 8-1 run, and the Bulldogs responded, as a Lauren Schmidt kill out of the timeout put St. Anthony back in front.

The Bulldogs never looked back, closing the set and match on a 14-6 run.

Outside hitter Megan Nuxoll got going a bit with two kills down the stretch, and errors hurt T-Town throughout the second game, as the Lady Shoes finished with 10 errors overall, including seven hitting errors.

Haylee Mathis got St. Anthony’s offense going late with sets to the right side and the senior finished with 13 assists. She also led the team with eight digs. Nuxoll tied for team-high honors with four kills, while Schmidt had three.

The Bulldogs finished with just 17 kills on the night, however, thanks in large part to T-Town’s defense. But they were able to make up for it by committing just seven service errors and excelling on serve receive.

“Our serve receive was good,” Bailey said. “We were able to work the ball. But my outside got frustrated tonight because they were digging them.

“They played good defensively against us. T-Town’s always going to be ready defensively. They didn’t have a lot of (size) in the front row, but they played hard and made us play the way we played. You have to give them credit for that.”

Despite the win, Bailey is hoping her team will bring a better effort next time out against Stewardson-Strasburg. The Bulldogs will host the Comets in a huge NTC matchup on Tuesday. St. Anthony is 7-0 in conference while Stew-Stras is 7-1.

“We just played, I don’t want to say bad, but we didn’t play like us,” Bailey said. “We were not motivated coming out, we weren’t aggressive and then we just got down. That’s not like my team at all.”

Teutopolis coach Jessica Schaackmann was not available for comment following the game, and statistics were not made available as of press time.

St. Anthony 25 25

Teutopolis 17 17

St. Anthony — Wortman (3 digs), Mathis (1 kill, 8 digs, 13 assists, 1 block), Wente (1 ace, 4 kills, 2 blocks), Braunecker (3 kills, 1 dig), Mumm (2 kills, 6 digs, 3 assists, 2 blocks), Nuxoll (4 kills, 3 digs), Schultz 3 digs), Schmidt 1 ace, 3 kills, 2 digs, 1 assist).

T-Town — N/A.

JV — T-Town won 25-23, 25-23

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