On Monday, Oct. 29, the NCOE Volleyball team traveled to Thompsonville for the first round of the Sectional.There they met Carrier Mills, a fellow GEC opponent.
“We had beaten Carrier Mills twice this year, but we still didn’t take them lightly,” Coach Jaclyn Melton said. The result was still a win for the Cards with 25-6, 25-15 scores.
Tori Karnes led the scoring as she served 10 in a row. Emilee Bishop followed with 8 and Halle Everett had 7. Six points each were served by Abby Black and Baylee Sutton, and Mattie Wells had one.
Everett finished with 10 kills, as Sophie Neal had 8 and Evie Duncan 7. Bishop had 3 kills and Kennedy Cook one.
Defensively, Duncan had six digs and Sutton four. Bishop and Everett had 2 and Wells and Karnes one each. Everett had 3 blocks and Bishop one.
The win gave the Cards a 32-4 record and a berth in the Sectional finals, where they would meet Grayville.
Wednesday, Oct. 31, saw the Cards long, good season come to an end at the hands of Grayville.
“We did not play as well as we had and they played better than thety had. That was the bottom line,” Coach Melton summed up the contest.
Even though they were struggling, the Cards didn’t give up and came back to tie the first set at 24, but then lost the next two points to fall 24-26. In the second set they again fell behind 0-5 and spent the set trying to catch up before falling 20-25.
“It was a tough, tough loss,” Melton said. In their final stats, Baylee Sutton had six points, followed by Tori Karnes with 5. Emilee Bishop, Halle Everett and Mattie Wells each had 3, Evie Dincan 2 and Abby Black one.
At the net, Everett finished with 10 kills as Duncan had 7 and Bishop 2. Wells had 15 assists, as Karnes, Bishop and Everett had one.
Bishop and Everett were strong anchors in the back row with 9 and 8 digs. Duncan had 5 with Sutton having 2. One dig each was recorded by Neal, Wells, Black and Karnes. Bishop had 2 blocks and Everett one.
The Cards ended with a 32-5 record. They won the NCOE Invitational and the Marion Invitational, were third at Edwards County and won the GEC Conference. They were Regional Champs for the third year in a row.
The girls thank their fans and families and especially the Red Army for their support. The pep session put on by the Red Army was appreciated and so good. And finally, thanks go to Judy Gregory, their bus driver and #1 supporter!