Thursday, March 02, 2017 - Updated: 10:07 AMPress Release
The Massac Junior High volleyball teams were in action this past weekend picking up two tournament wins on Saturday.
For the varsity, it’s their second tournament championship in as many weeks sweeping the competition at both the Giant City Slam as well as the 12-team Benton Invitational.
At Benton, the Lady Trojans defeated Anna, West Frankfort and Christopher to earn a spot in the gold division where they would face off against Murphysboro in the tournament semi-final.
In a back-and-forth opening set against the Blue Devils, Massac’s Chloe Corzine was called for a questionable net violation on set-point to fall 24-26.
That seemed to light a fire in the Lady Trojans as they stormed back in the second set behind tough serving from Emma Austin’s 9 point serving run to win the set 25-9.
In the final frame, both teams opened with service errors before Massac would was able to move out to a 7-3 lead provided by a 3 point boost from Kaylee Batha at the serving line. Murphysboro then responded with a 3 point serving run of their own before Massac’s Maci Miller and Corzine would deliver 5 kills to stretch Massac’s lead to 11-9. After a Lady Trojan side-out, it was again Emma Austin who would seal the Blue Devil’s fate closing the match with 3 points and 2 aces from the serving line.
Massac would go on to defeat Sparta in the tournament championship 25-18, 25-7 to close out the day. Statistical leaders for Massac on the day were: Cali McCraw: 35 kills, Ashley Davis: 52 assists, Kaylee Batha: 30 service points, Maci Miller: 23 digs, Sydney Wilke: 28/30 serve receive, Jenna Bunting: 13 kills, Macy Pierce: 32/33 serving, Farrah Castleman: 18 digs, Chloe Corzine: 8 blocks, Emma Austin: 21 service points, Madison Hammonds: 9 service points, Kendra Waldon: 4 kills, Kennedy Burgess: 1 block point, and Autumn Jeffords: 3 service points.
For the junior varsity Lady Trojans, they also finished with a perfect record on Saturday going 3-0 to win the Jonesboro JV Invitational.
Massac defeated Meridian and Jonesboro early in the day before facing off against Cobden in the championship.
Against Cobden, Massac would keep things close before dropping the first set 24-26.
Going into the second set, Coach Leslie Goines would make a change in the line-up, substituting Jordan Barnett into the middle hitter rotation. That move played well for the Lady Trojans as they defeated Cobden 25-9 and 15-9 to earn the first place trophy.
Massac Junior High volleyball will next be in action at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2 at home against Anna.