Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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October 19, 2013

Neoga Stuns Altamont to Advance to Gold Flight

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"(We need to be) more efficient on our movements," Letizia said. "They improved from last game to this game, they've improved 100 percent on the volleyball thought process."

The third-seed Indians go on to the silver flight, facing off with Windsor at 1 p.m. and South Central at 2 p.m.

In other Pool C action, Beecher City downed Dieterich 25-17, 27-25 to advance to the bronze flight. Dieterich's conference tournament is now over after going 0-3 in Pool C.

Kacie Hilt had 14 assists for the Eagles, while Kirby Herrman had six kills. Leah Kelly and Hilt eahc had three aces as well.

Mindy Bohnhoff had 13 assists and four aces for Dieterich, Mallorie Vahling had nine digs, Jodi Zacha tallied seven kills and Madison Boerngen had four kills and three blocks.

Bulldogs take pool BWith some changes to the offense in time for the NTC tournament, St. Anthony had little resistance sweeping Pool B play Friday night.

St. Anthony won its opener 25-13, 25-10 against Cowden-Herrick and downed fifth-seed South Central 25-9, 25-10 to advance to the gold flight.

With Hayley Mathis moving up to the net at times and the service game working without a hitch, coach Kristie Bailey had high praise for her Bulldogs.

"I thought as whole, this was our best effort as a team," she said. "We played pretty flawless. They were on the other end of the best volleyball we've played all year."

Mathis topped the team with seven kills in both games, also racking up 20 assists against Cowden-Herrick and 16 against South Central.

Bailey also credited the play of her libero, Rachel Schultz, for keying the team's service game.

"Rachel Schultz was on fire all night," Bailey said. "They couldn't stop any of our hitters once we got on a roll."

In the night's other game, South Central downed Cowden-Herrick 25-10, 25-16 to advance to the sliver flight.

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