EFFINGHAM — Despite allowing Mt. Zion to score 45 seconds into the match, the Hearts mounted a second-half rally to earn a 2-1 victory on senior night at Effingham High School on Tuesday.
With 19:26 remaining in the game, Kyle Lustig scored off a pass by Kohdai Nishida.
Just 88 seconds later, with 17:58 left, Nishida scored to break the 1-1 tie and giving Effingham (12-3-3) the win.
After allowing a goal in the first minute, goalkeeper Dalton Steele was perfect for the last 79 minutes of the match, notching four saves.
Seniors Rhemi Barr, Logan Talley, Caleb Gadberry, Matt Herboth, Matt Steffen, Ivan Carillo and Lustig played their last home game.
St. Anthony wins
With 13 kills, 16 assists, six digs, two aces and a block from Haylee Mathis, the Bulldogs fought their way to a three-set victory over Stew-Stras on Tuesday night, 25-27, 25-19, 25-17.
Lauren Wendt had 11 kills and three digs, Megan Nuxoll had five kills and seven digs, and Rachel Schultz had seven digs and three aces for St. Anthony.
The Bulldogs improved to 19-7 overall and 8-0 in the National Trail Conference.
The JV Bulldogs also beat Stew-Stras, 25-10, 25-12.
Hearts top Charleston
Deedra Myers notched eight kills, an assist and four digs for the Hearts on Tuesday night in a 25-10, 25-23 victory over Charleston.
Bethany Donaldson had two aces, a kill, an assist and a dig and Felicia Totten added a kill, eight assists and three digs.
The JV Hearts also topped Charleston, 25-15, 25-20.
North Clay wins
Maria Brasel had an ace, four kills, four assists and two digs to lead the Cardinals to a 25-12, 25-15 victory over Sandoval on Tuesday night.
Lincoln Brasel added seven kills and two digs, and Kallie Garrett had two aces and six kills.
North Clay is now 18-5 overall.
The JV Cardinals also beat Sandoval, 25-11, 25-17.
Dieterich beats Cowden-Herrick
The Maroons notched a straight-set victory over the Hornets on Monday night, 29-27, 25-12.
Candace Niemerg led the way for Dieterich, amassing 14 digs, 13 kills and a block.
Tory Hardiek added three aces, eight digs, two kills and an assist, while Shelby Wendling had an ace, 11 digs, two kills and 15 assists.
The JV Maroons also topped Cowden-Herrick, 25-23, 25-27, 25-19.
Neoga downs Brownstown
The Indians topped the Bombers in straight sets on Tuesday night, 25-23, 25-22.
Bethany Oberlink had an ace, nine kills, and a block for the Bombers in the loss.
Michaela Walk added an ace and eight assists.
Brownstown is now 6-13.
Cumberland falls to Casey-Westfield
Kassidy Hunt had 14 kills, two aces, nine digs and an assist for the Pirates, but Cumberland still lost to Casey-Westfield in three sets on Tuesday night, 23-25, 25-19, 25-21.
Kamisha Holsapple added a kill, two aces, eight digs and 25 assists, and Melissa Myers had eight kills and an assist.
Cumberland is now 12-8 overall.
The JV Pirates also lost in straight sets, 16-25, 25-20, 26-24.
Teutopolis defeats Centralia
Behind seven kills, 10 digs and a block from Natalie Summers, the Wooden Shoes fought off Centralia on Monday night, 25-19, 23-25, 25-23.
Katelyn Ruholl added an ace, 12 assists, a kill and eight digs in the win, and Lucy Niemerg notched three aces, two kills and six digs.
The JV Shoes also topped Centralia, 25-17, 26-24.
Newton defeats Oblong
The Eagles earned a straight-set victory on Tuesday night, topping Oblong 25-15, 26-24.
Keidrah Hardiek led the way for Newton, amassing eight kills, two aces, five digs and a block.
Andrea Cartright added three kills, two aces, four digs and a block.