“I told our girls after that first set, ‘It’s not going to be easy,’” Ley said. “Going down 9-0 against a team of (Effingham’s) caliber is going to be tough to come back from. I thought we kept our composure and didn’t panic.”
Mattoon picked up a few points after Effingham’s opening run, to bring the Flaming Hearts’ lead down to 11-4; however, the Green Wave’s play picked up, closing the gap to 13-9.
Effingham’s last large lead was by five points, 18-13, before Mattoon came back to tie the set 19-19, and take the lead one point later.
Leading 21-20, Mattoon scored the final four points of the match to seal the victory, but Ley said it was a challenge for his team in the set.
“Sometimes it’s good to go through sets like this – once in a while, not very often,” Ley said. “Our passing fell apart there for one rotation and you just can’t do that.”
Bohnhoff said her team showed that it still has some aspects of the game to work on, especially after losing its 9-0 lead in the second set.
“We think we’re a pretty good volleyball team, but haven’t been playing as good as we think we can lately,” Bohnhoff said.
Effingham (9-11, 3-4) heads into tournament play on Saturday at the Shelbyville Invitational. The Hearts’ next Apollo Conference game is Tuesday, at home against Mt. Zion.
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Mattoon 25 25
Effingham 18 20
Effingham: Donaldson (6 digs, 3 kills), Beals (1 assist, 5 kills, 5 blocks), Zerrusen (5 digs), Ramey (1 dig, 5 kills, 1 block), Nunamaker (1 assist, 3 kills, 2 blocks), Totten (1 dig, 14 assists, 1 ace, 2 blocks), Robb (2 digs, 2 kills, 2 aces), Fred (3 digs, 1 ace)