MAROA -- She may not be a Mason, but Maroa-Forsyth still has an outside hitter who can give St. Teresa fits. Her name's Kylie Rudsinski.
Rudsinski had 11 kills and eight digs to kickstart the Trojans (10-2) to a 25-23, 25-23 win against the Bulldogs on Monday.
"Kylie really stepped up on offense," Maroa coach Sarah Mason said. "She really had some great kills and got our offense going."
Casey Cooper, who transferred from St. T to Maroa this year, had six kills. Savanna Sparks had three kills and five aces.
Mason was glad to get out early with a two-set victory to start the week.
"A big confidence builder for our girls," Mason said. "We've been working really hard and we've got a big week this week. We've got Tolono Unity, St. Joseph-Ogden, Mount Zion and the Riverton tournament.
"This win was a good way to start."
Monticello def. Clinton 25-18, 19-25, 25-16
CLINTON -- The Sages defense came on strong to help secure the win.
Erika Miller and four blocks and Sarah Sawlaw had three, while the defense behind them wasn't too shabby either. The Sages combined for 52 digs, led by Kennedy Smith's 13. Hannah Smith and Becca Perry had eight each.
"Good win, got a lot of players in the game, got some experience, got a lot better for a second conference game," Sages coach Mike Deterding said.
Urbana University 3, Warrensburg-Latham 0
URBANA -- The Cardinals faced their stiffest competition yet and coach Kevin Emery liked what he saw -- albeit in a loss.
"The University soccer team over there is an exceptional team," Emery said. "They are the best team we have played all year. We held our own and played well. We put some dangerous shots through, they just didn't make it."
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Goalkeeper Weston Nottelmann made 12 saves for Warrensburg (8-3-1).
Charleston wins Apollo
CHARLESTON -- Charleston head coach Deb Landsaw really could not have been happier at the close of the Apollo Conference golf meet at the Charleston Country Club.
After all, her team shot a record-setting 329 to once again take the conference title and two-time state champion Lauren Chappell shot a 3-under par 69 for another record.
Chappell’s round not only netted her a third straight individual medal at the conference meet, but it was an improvement over last year’s 3-over par performance -- something her coach chalks up to improvements in her distance and accuracy.
Effingham finished second as a team with a 383 and just four strokes back was Salem.
Mattoon takes Apollo
MATTOON — Mattoon came into the Apollo Conference meet at Mattoon Golf and Country Club as the defending champions but had a much different look than last year's title team.
The Green Wave graduated four of their top six golfers. Nick Nguyen and Davis Johnson were the only two that saw extensive varsity time last season.
But three days after beating Effingham, Mount Zion and Charleston in the Charleston Invite, the new-look Wave came through again. Mattoon defended its Apollo Conference title by 10 strokes with a team score of 330.
"We've had a lot of good groups over the years and seems like we continue to have success and that's because of the quality of kids we have been getting," Mattoon coach Bob Lockart said. "We had a lot of inexperience coming into the year, so what they have been able to accomplish the last few weeks and having some success at the end says a lot about the kids."
Effingham and Mount Zion each finished with a 340. Taylorville was sixth with a 365.
Effingham's Callaway Smith was the top individual at the meet with a 73. He shot 38 on the front nine, but a 35 on the back nine helped him with a five-stroke difference over second place, which was a tie with Mount Zion's Danny Miller and Taylorville's Connor Black.