Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


October 18, 2013

NTC Tournament Altamont, Neoga to face off for Pool C crown


Fourth-seeded Neoga finished the night 2-0, beating Beecher City and Dieterich, finishing the first set against Beecher City strong by adjusting in the middle of the game.

Neoga head coach Reeni Letizia said her team did a good job playing together and correcting the mistakes it was making, as it held on to a 14-10 lead. The Indians scored 11 of the next 12 points to win the set 25-11, before they won the second set to clinch the game.

“They stayed focused, and even when things didn't go our way, they didn't let it bother them and did something right the next time,” Letizia said.

Courtney Croy and Olivia Ott led the team with five kills against Beecher City, while Jillian Deters finished with four. Ott also had six kills in Neoga's two-set win over Dieterich, 25-17 and 25-13.

Beecher City and Dieterich each finished the night without a win, despite Dieterich's close loss to third-seeded Altamont. Dieterich's Mallorie Vahling finished with four assists against Altamont and six against Neoga.

Beecher City head coach Katy Noble said her team knew it had a tough schedule against the top seeds in Pool C on Thursday, but said she hopes her team can combine the good things it did in its game against Dieterich on Friday.

“We wanted to come out and play hard and really work to prepare ourselves for tomorrow,” Noble said.

Friday's matchup between Beecher City and Dieterich will determine who will play into Saturday, while the Altamont and Neoga matchup will determine which team will play in Saturday's Gold Flight, in which the conference champion will be determined.

“Altamont is a great team,” Letizia said. “I think we're a great team. It's going to be an exciting match and whoever makes the least mistakes is going to win.”

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