O'FALLON — O'Fallon senior Luke Terhaar and the Panthers simply spread the wealth on Wednesday against Althoff at the Panther Dome.
One of southern Illinois' top setters, Terhaar led a balanced O'Fallon attack with five kills and dished out a game-high 13 assists as the Panthers rolled to a 25-13, 25-18 win in a nonconference volleyball match.
Displaying its many offensive weapons early and often with five different players scoring, O'Fallon jumped out to leads of 5-1 and 8-3 in the first game and were never seriously challenged.
Althoff, which was coming off a tough three game loss at Belleville East on Monday, struggled all night against a balanced Panthers squad.
"We have a lot of weapons, they all work really hard and all of our hitters have a very high skill level,'' O'Fallon coach Katelyn Hagarty said.
"But it helps to have Luke (Terhaar). He runs the team. Plain and simple. He knows where to hit the ball before it's even in play. He's very smart in that he distributes the ball to different players so we're not going to the same one every time and he's good enough to know when he can go for a kill himself."
O'Fallon (2-1) established control from the start. A winning tip from outside hitter Nolan Melesky and a kill from Terhaar put O'Fallon up 3-0.
Seconds later another tip by Alex Belongy, a service winner by John Hartkop and a block by Jon Hobbs gave O'Fallon an 8-2 lead.
But it was just the beginning of a long night for Althoff (0-2).
"Despite the fact that we played decent against East the other night, we just don't have a lot of confidence right now,'' Althoff coach Tim Gagen said. "Give O'Fallon credit. They came out and jumped on us early and you could just see the kids deflate.
"We lost our aggressiveness and against a good team you just can't do that.''
A three-point serving run by Hobbs increased the Panthers lead to 12-5 before Belongy put the first game away with an eight-point run.
Once again the Panthers spread the wealth during the run as six different players had winning shots.
"They (O'Fallon) have a lot of weapons but Luke (Terhaar) just does a great job of distributing the ball to different players,'' Gagen said. "He had us really confused. When you don't have a lot of experience, its tough to deal with a quality setter like that."
The Panthers depth in hitters was evident. While Terhaar led the way with five kills, four others -- Belongy, Melesky, Hobbs and Hartkop -- all had four each.
Althoff made a better showing in game two. A kill by Brice Miller tied the score at 5 and after Hobbs increased the lead to 9-5 with a four-point run, the Crusaders David Rall had a top and Miller followed with a kill to bring his team to within 9-7.
The Crusaders would get no closer then two points the rest of the night as O'Fallon scored five points on tips at the net.
Tips by Terhaar and Hobbs put O'Fallon up 20-16 and minutes later Hartkop and Hobbs put away kills to give their team a match point.
Terhaar then clinched the win with a block on match point.
"I thought we played really well and I thought we played really hard,'' Hagarty said. "We need to work on a few things, but I thought our effort was much better then it had been the last couple of games.''