Tuesday evening the Carmi-White County Lady Bulldogs ventured to McLeansboro to take on the Hamilton County Lady Foxes in a Black Diamond Conference match up. Not only was this a conference game, it was also an important game that would weigh in on IHSA Regional Tournament assignments and rankings.
The Varsity game found the Lady Bulldogs starting out strong but as time progressed the Lady Bulldogs service game began to falter as well as their hitting game, and just as expected, the Lady Foxes capitalized on each and every Carmi mistake to claw their way back into the game. This offensive let down for Carmi-White County found Hamilton County handing them the 19-25, 16-25 loss which drops them to 11-8 on the season.
Abby Vaughan and Shaelyn Perkins were the leading Lady Bulldog scorers with five points each. Bre Swanberg, Grace Dial, Julia Smith, and Sydney Lucas each added one point to the mix.
Autumn Schneider continued to top the hitting/tipping column with 26 good (6 kills) while Julia Smith added 14 (2 kills), Abby Vaughan eight (3 kills), Bre Swanberg eight (2 kills), and Shaelyn Perkins two. Schneider also had one direct block in the game.
Junior Varsity action started out all Carmi-White County as they topped their opponent in impressive fashion 25-9. However, the Lady Foxes regrouped and matched the Lady Bulldogs point for point until finally pulling away in the end to win 26-28 forcing a third and deciding game. This game was nearly identical as that of the second with both teams battling until the end and the Lady Foxes pulling away to claim the win 17-19. Emily Brown was the top scorer in this game with 11 (2 aces) followed by Sydney Lucas 10 (2 aces), Bre Swanberg six (1 ace), Kaylee Wagner six (1 ace), Mayci Edwards four, and Mariah VanMatre two.
Wagner, VanMatre, and Edwards led the offense for C-WC (8-4) with 23 good hits/tips each. VanMatre recorded six kills while Wagner had three and two for Edwards. Others involved were Lucas with 19 good (4 kills) and Swanberg 13 good (3 kills). VanMatre also collected three direct blocks while Swanberg added one.
Freshmen action was close in both games but once again, Carmi-White County would fall short as they fell to Hamilton County 23-25, 20-25 to even their record at 3-3 with 4 splits.
Karson Kays and Katelynn Miller shared the scoring spotlight with six points a piece and one ace each. Others scoring were Haleigh Williams four (1 ace), Nellani Sullivan three (2 aces), Marley Mallow three, and Alexis Switzer one (1 ace).
Mallow and Sullivan topped the hitting/tipping category with 13 good each. Mallow added three kills while Sullivan was credited with one. Others getting in on the action were Switzer with 11 (3 kills), Miller 11 (2 kills), Kays four, and Williams one. Mallow was also credited with one direct block.