Volleyball season came to an end in district tournaments for Monett and Purdy on Monday and for Pierce City and Verona last night.
Class 3A District 12
Monett was defeated by Nevada in the first round by scores of 15-25 and 16-25 at Carl Junction.
"We had moments of great play, but we could not make the change and push through Nevada's defense," said Monett Coach Shyrah Boyle.
"The season was full of excitement and tons of learning moments," Boyle said. "We will miss our seniors. Others will step up and fight through adversity. I am proud of the steps of progress."
Monett finished the year with a record of 12-21-1.
Statistical leaders for the Lady Cubs were Madison Carlin with eight assists, Brooke Beckwith with nine digs and Hunter Glouse with six kills.
Top-seeded Carl Junction won the district title last night by upending McDonald County by scores of 20-25, 25-9 and 25-20.
Class 1A District 7
It wasn't "Hoosiers," but it was close enough for Wheaton's Tracy Prigg. His Lady Bulldogs shocked top-seeded Hurley in straight sets on Tuesday night to advance to Wednesday's Class 1 District 7 volleyball championship against Galena.
Sometimes a bye can be a curse. There is a fine line between "rest" and "rust" for athletes, and sometimes the momentum of an early-round victory can propel an underdog past the higher-seeded and better-rested team.
On Tuesday night at Marionville, the Wheaton Lady Bulldogs seemed destined to be that team. Despite having a decided height disadvantage against Hurley, Wheaton carried over the confidence gained from their victory over Exeter. While Wheaton was dispatching their conference rival on Monday night, Hurley sat.
Wheaton won the first set 25-23 after trailing precipitously at 23-22. Shirley Galvan's kill evened the score, and the Lady Bulldogs reached 25 on winners by Sarah Weatherman and Ranysha Pierce.
In the second set, the teams battled to eight ties before Wheaton forged ahead, 19-18. Hurley fought gamely, but the deficit mounted to 24-21 in favor of Wheaton.
At match point, Mica Tichenor ripped an ace past the Hurley front line to open court to clinch the straight set win.
Verona falls to Galena
In the second semifinal match of the night, Galena vanquished Verona in three sets. The Lady Bears won 25-18, 16-25, 25-20 on the strength of their powerful front line.
While Verona played finesse and struggled to hold serve, the Lady Bears hammered away. Jori Dodson turned the second set into a highlight reel for Verona to extend the match. But Galena's Heidi Kinser and Alyx Gilmore were too much to handle as Galena never trailed in the deciding set.
In the first round game, the Lady Wildcats of Verona downed host Marionville in three sets to advance to last night's game. Verona lost the first set 25-18 and then rallied to win the final two sets and the match.
After a poor service performance in the opening set, Verona concentrated on setting up Dodson in the second. While the Y2K bug was supposed to be the scourge of the new millennium, it was "V2K" that bit Marionville on Monday night. Dodson, wearing Verona's #2 jersey, recorded six kills in the second set alone to tie the match at a set apiece.
Then Verona's Tristan Carrasquillo served for a dozen unanswered points to open the third set. Down 12-0, Marionville's girls struggled to retain their poise. The Lady Comets scored only one point with their service game and lost the set, 25-7, to end the match.
Wheaton will play Galena for the district title tonight at 6 p.m. at Marionville High School.
Class 2A District 11
In opening round games at Diamond on Monday, Purdy was ousted by Southwest by scores of 9-25 and 22-25, and Pierce City beat Sarcoxie by scores of 25-22 and 25-17.
Statistical leaders for Purdy were Madelin Tate with seven kills, Chrissy Bland with two blocks, Racheal Neill with eight digs and Tristen Branch with nine assists.
Chelsea Levingston had seven kills for Pierce City.
Last night Pierce City was ousted by Diamond by scores of 18-25 and 15-25.