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Volleyball: Highland goes 2-2 at O’Fallon tourney

Highland senior setter Sami Beyer, shown recently setting the ball atTriad, dished out a match-best 22 assists in a 25-10, 25-21 win at Jerseyville on Tuesday of last week. In the foreground is junior middle hitter Alex LaPorta.
Highland senior setter Sami Beyer, shown recently setting the ball atTriad, dished out a match-best 22 assists in a 25-10, 25-21 win at Jerseyville on Tuesday of last week. In the foreground is junior middle hitter Alex LaPorta. News Leader

The Highland High School volleyball team swept Jerseyville aside in straight sets, 25-10, 25-21, to run its winning streak to seven matches. But then the Lady Bulldogs ran into the buzz-saw that is Mater Dei and the streak was quickly snapped in a 13-25, 16-25 loss in Breese.

Then this past weekend, Highland (21-10) went 2-2 and won the Bronze Division of the O’Fallon Autumn Classic.

On Friday, the Lady Bulldogs were swept in both matches after losing to eventual Gold Division champion Marist (16-25, 16-25) and to Pekin (18-25, 21-25).

On Saturday, Highland rebounded to return to winning by easily dispatching both Triad (25-6, 25-14) and Salem (25-22, 25-12).

HHS junior middle hitter Alex LaPorta was named to the O’Fallon Autumn Classic All-Tournament team. It was the second straight weekend that she had been lauded with such honors after receiving it the previous weekend at the Highland’s own tourney.

The win over Jerseyville improved HHS’ Mississippi Valley Conference mark to 5-3, prior to wrapping up the conference season and the regular season with Tuesday’s home match against Waterloo and tonight’s home match for Senior Night against Mascoutah, which has already clinched the conference crown for the third year in a row and is aiming to sweep the MVC for the second straight season. Highland will have a chance to deny the Indians their sweep of the league tonight, with the varsity match set for a 6:30 p.m. start.

Next Monday, the fifth-seeded Lady Bulldogs will play No. 11 Cahokia at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinal of the IHSA Class 3A Mascoutah Regional. Next up would be a semifinal matchup against fourth-seeded Waterloo at 7 p.m. next Tuesday.

The championship match will take place at 6 p.m. next Thursday, Oct. 29. The Highland/Waterloo winner will most likely have to tackle top-seeded Mascoutah, which is the heavy favorite on Tuesday to dispose of the first semifinal winner between No. 6 Triad and No. 8 Breese Central.

Stats for six matches

In the victory over Salem, the following stats were produced: LaPorta with 15 digs, two kills, three blocks, four service points and one ace; senior Hayley McSparin with six kills, three blocks, four service points, one ace and two digs; junior Sarah Beth Wiegman with five kills and three digs; junior Madison Wellen with three kills and five digs; senior Sami Beyer with nine assists, three digs, two service points and one ace; junior Megan Frey with five assists, eight service points, three aces and two digs; senior Cassie Lamzik with nine service points, three aces and one dig; senior Alyssa Anderson with one kill, one dig and one assist; freshman Emmy Nyquist with four digs; junior Hayley Taylor with one kill; and freshman Claire Diercks with one block.

Stats in the Triad win went as follows: McSparin with nine kills, three blocks, eight service points, two aces and four digs; LaPorta with eight digs, five kills and two blocks; Wiegman with four kills, five digs, five service points and three aces; Wellen with seven digs, 18 service points and three aces; Beyer with 13 assists, two digs and one ace; Frey with five assists, five service points, two aces and one dig; Anderson with two kills, one block and two digs; and Diercks with one kill and one dig.

Numbers in the Pekin loss were compiled as follows: McSparin with 12 kills, three blocks, three digs and two service points; LaPorta with six kills, two blocks, seven digs, two service points and one ace; Wellen with 10 digs, two kills, three service points and one ace; Wiegman with four kills, five digs and one service point; Beyer with 15 assists, three digs and four service points; Frey with six assists and one dig; Nyquist with six digs; Anderson with two kills and two digs; Taylor with one kill and two blocks; and Diercks with one kill.

Stats supplied in the Marist defeat went as follows: LaPorta with seven kills, two blocks and six digs; Wiegman with 10 digs, four kills, one block and two service points; Wellen with six digs and two service points; Frey with seven assists, four service points, two aces and two digs; Beyer with seven assists, two digs and two service points; McSparin with three kills, two blocks, two service points, one ace and one dig; Andeson with two kills, one block and one dig; and Nyquist wiht one dig;

Numbers comprised in the Mater Dei setback were as follows: LaPorta with five kills, one block and seven digs; Wiegman with 10 digs and one assist; McSparin with three kills, two blocks and one dig; Wellen with seven digs, one kill, four service points and three aces; Beyer with five assists, six service points, one ace and one dig; Frey with two assists, two digs and two service points; Anderson with one kill, one block and one assist; Nyquist with four digs; Diercks with two digs; and Lamzik with one service point.

Stats logged in the Jerseyville triumph were as follows: McSparin with 10 kills, three blocks ,nine service points, two aces and three digs; Wellen with 10 digs, six kills, one block, six service points and two aces; LaPorta with nine digs, four kills, three blocks, 11 service points and one ace; Wiegman with eight digs and four kills; Beyer with 22 assists and seven digs; Nyquist with six digs; Anderson with three blocks, two service points and one ace; and Lamzik with two digs.

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