The Lady Tigers’ season came to an abrupt end by losing to Illini West in the semifinals of the Rushville/Industry Class 2A Regional. The O&B lost in two sets, 25-21, 25-8 to the Lady Chargers. Aileana Rawlins with eight service points and Lauren Young with 16 assists paved the hometowners in the losing effort.
BHS vs. Illini West
The Lady Tigers battled hard with the Lady Chargers from Illini West in the opening set, as the two teams battled tooth and toe nail with the game tied on five different occasions at 8-8, 9-9, 11-11, 19-19, and 21-21.
Trailing 19-12, with Aileana Rawlins serving, the O&B rallied back with seven unanswered points to tie the game at 19-19. Illini West had built the 19-12 lead with a six-point service run by Jenna Bryant.
The first set was highlighted by several long volleys by both teams, with each team running to the ball extremely well throughout the game. Paige Bray put the finishing touches to the first set by running off the final four points to claim the opening set 25-21.
Illini West came out of the gate swinging in game two as they ran off to a 6-0 lead behind Bryant’s serving, and charged out to an 11-3 lead behind Elyce Troutt’s five-point run. Machaela Gronewald made it 17-4 margin when Coach Harrison called a time out.
Leading 18-6, Graci Bastert ran the score to 23-6 with a five-point service spree. Leading 24-8, Rawlins made a service error that ended the match at 25-8.
Leading the O&B were Rawlins with eight service points and 13 assists, while Lauren Young had 16 assists and 13 digs in the losing cause.
“I thought we played them point-for-point in the first set, but they came out and put us away early on in the second set. Again I thought we played as good as can be expected against a very good Illini West team (#1 seed). Our kids played hard, and I am proud of them.”
Service Points—Rawlins 8, Maddie Fox 3
Kills—Rawlins 16, Nancy Madrid 9, Loriana Trujillo 3, Lexi Kramer 2
Assists—Young 16, Kramer 2
Blocks—Madison Cowell 3
Digs—Young 13, Rawlins 11, Kylie Alexander 6, Kramer 5, Fox 3
Record: BHS 8-23.
The Lady Trojans made a great run in the Jacksonville Routt 1A regional, advancing to the regional finals by defeating the host (Routt) in straight sets. They won a hard-earned extended game in the first set 27-25, and then won going away 25-15 in the second set. The Lady Blue advanced to the championship title game against New Berlin where they simply overpowered the Lady Pretzels in straight sets, 25-16, 25-8 to earn the championship trophy.
Triopia vs. Routt
Triopia trailed by as much as five points, 21-16 in the first set of the semifinals against the Lady Rockets, but stormed back for the huge 27-25 win. Cydney Musch and Kylie McGinnis had huge kills for the Lady Blue in the come-from-behind win. The win in the first set gave Triopia the momentum which carried over in game two.
In the second set, the Lady Trojans picked up where they left off in game one rushing out to an 11-1 margin behind the six-point service run by Kendi Sayre, and a four-point run by Cydney Musch that pushed the Blue and White to the early lead.
Routt rallied back when they ran off seven unanswered points to close within three at 11-8, but Triopia’s McGinnis ended all hopes for the host Lady Rockets as she put the game out of reach when McGinnis and her teammates ran off seven straight service points to take a 19-8 lead and won going away by the 25-15 final.
The Lady Blue advanced to the finals by defeating Routt and took on New Berlin in the title match, proving that the third time was indeed the charm as they finally captured a regional trophy after being denied the past two years in the regional championship matches. This was the first regional title for the Lady Blue since 1993.
Triopia came out very determined that they were going to be the winners, and they did so in a solid manner by winning in straight sets 25-16, 25-8. “These girls gave me my first regional championship, and they deserved it by working hard, said head coach Kelly Johnson.
New Berlin got off to a decent start leading 6-4 before Triopia got their legs under them when Cydney Musch got a big kill to tie it 7-7. Kylie McGinnis put the Lady Trojans on top to stay when she served up four service points to make it 14-9.
Kendi Sayre got one of her eight kills on the night, and then served up five service points to run the score to 19-11. With Sayre, McGinnis and Musch dominating at the net they ran the score to 24-16, and Sydney Meyer got the game-winning service ace to seal the deal.
New Berlin again stayed within shouting distance early on at 6-4 in the second set before Megan Lynn put together a five-point service run to give the Lady Blue some breathing room at 12-5. McGinnis extended the lead to 17-6 with a five point run. Sayre and Musch both contributed hard kills and Musch got a couple of tips at the net in the run.
Sydney Meyer nearly finished off the Lady Pretzels by running the score to 23-6 on four service points, including an ace. Emily Burns put the finishing touches on the night when she had a hard spike to end the contest giving the Blue and White the 25-8 final verdict.
“I’m lost for words to explain how happy I am,” said a gleeful Kendi Sayre. “We came together as a team and we love one another,” concluded Sayre. “I’m so happy for our team, for our community, and finally getting the trophy after trying so hard the past two years,” said Cydney Musch. “We came together as a team and got the job done.”
First year head coach Kelly Johnson simply stated, “I am so proud of each and every one of them. They deserved this.”
Kelly went on to say, “When we got Musch back in mid-season, we were able to change our rotation, and with her, McGinnis and Sayre at the net we became pretty forceful. The entire team came together in the late stages of the season and played as a unit and you see the results here tonight,” exclaimed Johnson.
Triopia traveled to New Berlin Tuesday night where they will take on Calhoun, the WIVC conference champs, giving the Lady Trojans a rematch against the Lady Warriors.
Service Points—Kylie McGinnis 17, Sydney Meyer 14, Kendi Sayre 12, Megan Lynn 8, Emily Burns 5, Katie Evans 2, Ganz 1, Musch 1
Service Aces—Sayre 4, Kylie McGinnis 2, Sydney Meyer 2
Kills—Kendi Sayre 10, McGinnis 8, Cydney Musch 7, Meyer 6, Bailey Ganz 3, Elisabeth Werries 2
Assists—Meyer 22, Katie Evans 10, Burns 1
Blocks—McGinnis 4, Musch 4, Sayre 2, Werries 2
Digs—Burns 14, Sayre 11, Ganz 10, Meyer 6, McGinnis 5
Record—New Berlin 13-12; Triopia 18-14.