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MONTICELLO -- With a tough tournament looming in the weekend, Maroa-Forsyth took care of business on Thursday with a 25-19, 25-16 win against Monticello.

"I thought Casey Cooper stood out to me," Maroa coach Sarah Mason said about her middle hitter who had seven kills. "She had great swings and touched a lot of balls, blocking-wise."

Plenty of Trojans (25-5) saw action, especially on defense where 11 different players had at least one dig on the night.

"Monticello is a good team, and for us to get a conference win against them, and on senior night, was a big thing," Mason said.

It's another tough tournament ahead for the Trojans as they head to Quincy Notre Dame. It comes on the heels of the Bradley-Bourbannais tournament where Maroa went 3-2 against 3A and 4A schools.

St. Teresa def. Warrensburg-Latham 25-19, 25-13

WARRENSBURG -- After a brutal tournament up north the weekend before, St. T (14-16) rebounded with a win back in Macon County.

"Mentally, we were coming into the game in the right mindset," Bulldogs coach Rhonda Glidewell said. "We worked on minimizing error, executing offense and our serve receives."

It helped having McKenna Thornton locked in as the libero had 25 digs, which moved her into third in St. T history. 

"Defensively, no one can get by her," Glidewell said. "She is an awesome player and an awesome athlete. She had 0 digging errors."

St. T will head up to QND with Maroa for one final tough tournament of the year.

"I'm very proud of the girls and the coaching staff that we have," Glidewell said. "We still need to push forward and keep our team chemistry going."

GIRLS TENNIS

Tough day at state

BUFFALO GROVE -- It was mostly a quick day for area girls tennis players at state, as none survived through Thursday's play.

But several were able to relish a victory before bowing out.

Lincoln's Kena Bere forged her way through two consolation rounds, winning 6-3, 6-3, and then 6-2, 6-1.

Flora's Alison Carder swept through her first-round with a 6-0, 6-1 win against Rockford Lutheran's Kaitlyn Larson.

The Teutopolis duo of Lauren Hemmen and Molly Smith won a couple of consolation round matches. First they handled a team from Sycamore 6-1, 6-2, then rallied for an impressive 4-6, 7-5 (11-9) win against Flora's Kasey Jennings and Morgan Luttrell.

Jennings and Luttrell had their own comeback in the opening-round match against Oswego East's Keertana Kota and Haley Clebanoff, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Mattoon's doubles team of Rachel Ervin and Mary ZuHone won a consolation match 6-0, 6-1 against a team from Bradley-Bourbonnais.

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