MOUNT ZION -- The Mount Zion volleyball team looked like an undefeated team in a 25-10, 25-11 win against Salem on Tuesday.

"The passing was crisp, the girls were getting the ball to the setters, we were aggressive offensively and the girls had good movement and communication on defense," said Mount Zion coach Jay McAtee, listing all the things the Braves did well.

Mount Zion (17-0, 4-0 Apollo Conference) got eight kills and three aces from Kelsey McAtee, seven kills from Erin Ripple, 13 assists from Ali Vaughn, nine digs from Megan Vaughn and eight kills and three aces from Halle Volpe.

"Kelsey and Erin looked really good offensively," McAtee said. "And Halle and Megan were excellent defensively. Halle has done a really good job all year with defense and passing."

Argenta-Oreana def. Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond

ARTHUR -- Madyson Eller and Gillian Jones dominated the net to lead the Bombers to a win.

Eller had 11 kills and two blocks, and Jones had six kills and six blocks for the Bombers (10-9, 2-0 Little Okaw Valley).

"We played with enthusiasm, excitement and confidence," Argenta coach Mindi Logue said. "Eller and Jones were tough at the net, which forced Arthur to try and adjust to score points."

Arthur was led by Madison Brown with seven kills, 12 digs and four aces.

Arcola def. Okaw Valley 25-18, 25-18

ARCOLA -- Morgan Hobgood had seven kills and Maggie Fulton added four blocks for the Riders.

"Maggie Fulton at the net was huge," Arcola coach Tom Welsh said. "She was a big presence and was getting touches on everything and that is what we have been working on in practice a lot. She was fantastic in the front row.

"And Morgan Hobgood has been on a tear recently. Pretty much any time she touches the ball it is a kill or anytime they are swinging at her it is a block. I have confidence that when she is in the front row she is going to do great things.

Arcola improved to 9-8 overall and 2-0 in the Little Okaw Valley Northwest.

"When we play with energy and play like we are having fun we are a great team and that is the team that showed up tonight," Welsh said. "I am ecstatic right now. It was a big one tonight."

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Okaw Valley (9-7, 0-2) has been without top player Megan Dash since last Thursday. Madison Vogel, a freshman filling in for Dash, had six digs.

"Arcola outworked us and deserved to win," Okaw Valley coach Jay Potter said. "I give Arcola credit because they stayed consistent and worked at the same level the entire time and we didn't.

"We have to get our confidence and play hard. Our hitters were going in early and getting stuck with the ball because they were nervous and they don't trust their abilities yet."

Arcola and Okaw Valley will play each other again Saturday in the LOVC Northwest Division tournament at Argenta-Oreana.

"We are going to try and be a different team when we see them again Saturday," Potter said.


Effingham St. Anthony 3, ALAH 0

ARTHUR -- Ryan Kruger had two goals and an assist, leading the Hearts to a win to bounce back from Saturday's tie with Pana.

"We played a very good game," St. Anthony coach Eric Morales said. "The boys were hungry. They weren't happy about Saturday, so their first comment today was, 'Coach, we need to get back into the swing of things.' It was good to bounce back."

Morales said it was the first time in three-and-a-half weeks he's had a full roster. James Kabbes added a goal and an assist for the Bulldogs (14-1-1).

Hillsboro 1, Pana 0

PANA -- The Panthers suffered just their third loss, getting shut out by Hillsboro.

"Our guys played really well, we just couldn't get one to fall in the net," Pana coach Tim Karbach said. "It's nothing to hang our heads over -- they're a good team. We played tough."

Jack Epley had nine saves for the Panthers (10-3-1, 5-2 South Central Conference).

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