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Prep volleyball
Salukis beat LHS for 7th place
HUTSONVILLE - At least Red Hill High School's volleyball players were able to come home with smiles on their faces Saturday.

Paired against rival Lawrenceville in the seventh-place match at the eight-team Hutsonville Invitational, the Salukis emerged victorious, 25-12, 25-15.

The meeting in the eighth-place match was the result of both Lawrence County teams posting 0-3 pool play records earlier in the day.

"When we actually played, we played pretty well," said RHHS coach Sarah Will, whose team is now 2-17 on the season, with both wins coming against the Indians. "We're still improving and working on consistency."

Despite her team falling to 0-20, LHS coach Trinity Britton wasn't overly displeased.

She noted that the Indians were using a new rotation due to injuries, and had only one day to practice with it.

"I think the ladies adjusted well and played hard most of the day," she said. "Our passing wasn't good but our setters did a good job of getting those passes pushed to the outside so we could hit. Also, our blocking out of the middle has steadily been improving. It's good to see them improving in those areas."

In the matchup against the Indians, McKenzie Wolfe and Baelee Holloway both served four aces for the Salukis, while Wolfe and Katelyn Kocher both had five kills. Kenedee Whittaker led the team with 12 assists and registered four digs.

In pool play matches the Indians fell to Dugger, Ind., 25-16, 25-20, Marshall, 25-17, 25-11 and Robinson, 25-13, 25-10.

Kourtney Osmon had a team-high 13 kills in the tournament for the Tribe, while Abby Higginbotham came through with seven and Kazia Frederick six.

Morgan Mefford and Higginbotham had four aces on the day, while Amada Seed had three.

Osmon led the team with 17 digs and Frederick added 16. Osmon had three blocks and Sadie Newlin two.

Higginbotham had 16 assists in the tourney and Osmon 14.

Red Hill dropped its opening match to the host Tigers, 25-13, 25-9. Kocher, Wolfe and Katie Nicholas all had two kills. Whittaker led the way with six assists.

Noble decked the Salukis in the second match, 25-3, 25-22. Kocher had five kills and two blocks, while Emilee Ellingsworth added three kills and two blocks. Nicholas also had two blocks as did Wolfe.

Wolfe served five aces while Whittaker led the team with seven assists.

Hume-Shiloh downed RHHS in the final pool play match, 25-9, 25-21. Holloway had five kills to lead the way, while Kocher added three and Wolfe two.

Wolfe led the team with five digs, while Holloway, Andi Tennis and Whittaker all had three. Whittaker's 10 assists were a team-high.

Both teams will hit the road Tuesday for Little Illini Conference matches. LHS will play at Olney while Red Hill faces a trip to traditional power Edwards County.


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