Effingham Daily News
---- — Wheaton St. Francis took home the gold flight of the Crossroads Classic in Effingham Saturday afternoon, besting Indianapolis Bishop Chatard to win the championship.
The 24-team tournament began Friday and concluded Saturday with Wheaton St. Francis, the second-ranked team in Illinois and sixth-ranked team in the country, rolling through the tournament undefeated.
Effingham, Stew-Stras and Cumberland all went 0-2 Friday night, and played in the bronze flight beginning Saturday morning.
Cumberland opened play Saturday morning with a game against Chicago Walter Payton, winning the first set 25-21. But Walter Payton bounced back, winning the second set 25-5 and taking the third set 15-11.
Effingham also lost its opener, battling a tough Whitney Young team but falling 25-20, 25-17, setting up a match against Cumberland later in the day.
Stew-Stras fell in its opener as well, losing to Owensboro Catholic 25-22, 27-25. The Comets would rebound in their second game with a hard-fought 25-22, 25-21 win over Kansas Tri-County. They would meet up with Effingham later in the day, after the Flaming Hearts dispatched Cumberland 25-12, 25-13.
The Hearts and Comets met in the fifth-place game, and it went to the wire. Effingham took the first set 25-22, Stew-Stras recovered with a 25-15 second-set victory but Effingham prevailed 15-12 in the final set to earn fifth.
Cumberland lost to Tri-County in the seventh-place game 27-25, 25-13.
Across Saturday’s play, Becca Schlechte led Stew-Stras with 37 assists. Kendall Knop had 53 digs, Brittani Tabbert had 25 kills while Knop had 24. Knop also had 12 aces, Baylee Quast had 34 assists and Lindsay Burton had two blocks.
Statistics from Effingham and Cumberland were not made available as of press time.
Molly Haggerty of Wheaton St. Francis was named the tournament MVP.
Effingham heads to county rival Teutopolis tonight, while Stew-Stras hosts the Wooden Shoes Tuesday night. Cumberland is off until Thursday night when they host Edwards County.