For four years she has been front and center for the Mascoutah Indians, a rock-solid performer raining down laser-like kills on the opposition.
Murray State recruit Megan Lindsay will enter the postseason next week willing to do anything to make sure Mascoutah’s playoff run lasts as long as possible.
“She’s the total package,” Mascoutah coach Todd Gober said of his aggressive senior outside hitter. “She’s had moments in games where she’s been overpowering and overly dominant but she’s also led us in kills almost every match. She’s been that consistent.”
Lindsay is the Indians’ leader in kills (188) and also has 197 digs, 20 service aces and is among the team’s best serve-receive players.
“She’s also a very unselfish type of player,” Gober said. “She cares more about the team getting the win that she doesn’t about her own stat line. She’s been a lot of fun to coach, great work ethic.”
She’s the total package. She’s had moments in games where she’s been overpowering and overly dominant but she’s also led us in kills almost every match. She’s been that consistent.
Mascoutah coach Todd Gober on senior star Megan Lindsay
Mascoutah (23-6) won the Mississippi Valley Conference title with an 8-0 mark. The Indians are the top-seeded team in their own Class 3A regional.
As Lindsay gets ready to enter the playoffs, her 827 kills — including a whopping 298 her sophomore year — are the highest in school history.
“That’s a phenomenal total and she’s a four-year starter,” Gober said. “I’m sure every team does what we do against teams that have a dominant player. You focus your defense, your block on that hitter. You try to use the matchup.
“With that, I would say that Megan is very used to seeing the other team’s best blockers. These types of players are used to having to battle. When they have less than average games it’s not that they have bad stats, it’s that the other team is effective at trying to take things away from us.”
Mascoutah’s talent is more than just Lindsay as players like Southern Indiana recruit Amanda Jung (134 kills, team-leading 55 blocks) and sophomore Tieghan Morio (109 kills, 265 blocks) are also having big years.
“Amanda has really come into her own this year,” Gober said. “This year we’ve been able to spread it around a little bit more and Amanda’s been a big beneficiary of that. She’s done a really good job on the right side and she’s the blocker we put on the other team’s No. 1 hitter.
“I think Megan’s benefiting because we do have as strong supporting cast. We really move that ball around and that just makes her even more effective. She gives us a very consistent, high-level performance every night.”
▪ Belleville West finished 4-1 and left with fifth place last weekend at the Maine West Pumpkin Tournament, also gaining valuable experience against some tough Chicago competition along the way.
The Maroons’ only loss was in two sets to Sandburg, but they defeated Batavia, Maine West, Hersey and Palatine.
▪ O’Fallon finished second at its O’Fallon Autumn Classic, losing 25-19, 28-26 to Chicago Marist in the championship match.
“I was so proud of the way my girls played against them,” O’Fallon coach Melissa Massey said.
Belleville East also went 4-1 at the O’Fallon Tourney, only losing to Pekin. The Lancers (17-17) have picked up the pace and have won nine of their last 11 matches.
O’Fallon’s Mackenzie Koester and Elise Smith both made the all-tournament team.
▪ Red-hot Columbia (29-4) picked up its second tourney championship this season by winning the Monster Mash Tournament hosted by Central High in Breese last Saturday.
Earlier this season the Eagles were third at the Mascoutah Invitation and won the Bronze Division at the Belleville East Metro Classic.
At the Monster Mash, Columbia outlasted Monroe County rival Gibault 25-23, 25-18 in the championship match.
The Eagles also knocked off Teutopolis, Freeburg and Waterloo, winning all four matches in two sets.
“We had played all those teams before, so it was nice to look back at where we were before when we played them and where we ended up,” said Columbia coach Kelly Landgraf, who credited her team’s improved blocking and defense from where it was earlier this season.
Here’s a look at the top seeds in sub-sectionals involving area teams:
1. O’Fallon; 2. Belleville West; 3. Mater Dei; 4. Edwardsville
1. Mascoutah; 2. Columbia; 3. Freeburg; 4. Waterloo
1. Gibault; 2. Althoff; 3. Nashville; 4. Pinckneyville
Class 1A (two separate sub-sectionals)
1. New Athens; 2. Norris City-Omaha-Enfield; 3. Christopher; 4. Valmeyer
1. Lebanon; 2. Christ Our Rock Lutheran; 3. Woodlawn; 4. Metro-East Lutheran
BND Girls Volleyball Rankings
Rankings for metro-east teams; voting by area coaches and News-Democrat staff. First-place votes are in parentheses; records through Tuesday:
Large-school rankings (Class 3A-4A)
Belleville West (7)
Also receiving votes: Mascoutah (23-6), Highland (21-10), Freeburg (18-9), Belleville East (17-17), Alton (22-11-2), Waterloo (15-10)
Small-school rankings (Class 1A-2A)
Also receiving votes: Valmeyer (19-9), Wesclin (10-10), Carlyle (13-12), Dupo (11-14-1)