TOLEDO -- After being on the doorstep of a regional championship for the last four years, Shelbyville captured its first since 2010 by beating Teutopolis 25-20, 25-15 on Thursday. Their reward? A home sectional.
"We have had some really good teams, but we have just run into teams that were also having really, really good years," Shelbyville coach Lisa Peifer said.
"Getting our own sectional is huge and definitely a bonus for us."
Shelbyville senior Kelcie Darnell, who served the final four points, said, "We have been working hard for it. It has taken awhile, but we have finally done it."
Two long point streaks in the second set helped the Rams close it out. They went from down 4-3, up 12-6. Then, they turned a 14-all tie into a 20-14 lead.
Ryann Ambrose (6 kills) led three others attackers who finished with at least four kills. Courtney Williams came up big with four aces, 10 assists and eight digs, and Maddie Holland had two blocks.
The Rams (34-3) will play Piasa Southwestern at 6 p.m. Tuesday at home.
Maroa-Forsyth def. Champaign St. Thomas More 25-15, 25-15
CHAMPAIGN -- Kylie Rudsinski officially kicked it into overdrive. She had 15 kills to lead the Trojans the regional title against their Okaw Valley foe.
"We played St. Thomas More a couple times this season, so we were able to prepare by watching the films," Maroa coach Sarah Mason said. "We had a game plan going into tonight and followed it to a T."
Carly Mason and Kira Jackson shared the assists -- 13 apiece -- while the defense was sound and the Trojans were pretty clean all around.
"We made very few mistakes, and that was the key tonight," Mason said.
Jackson tacked on 10 digs to her 13 assists, while Annelise Sparks added nine digs and Rudsinski seven.
Maroa (30-7) will meet another familiar Okaw Valley foe, St. Joseph-Ogden, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Spartans' home sectional.
Pana def. Hillsboro 25-16, 25-17
PANA -- Shayna Stremming had no time for nerves in the Pana Regional Championship game. The sophomore was locked in.
She had a team-high eight kills and the Panthers won a regional title for the first time since 2012, coach Greg Cothern's first year.
"Our girls blocked well, hit well, passed well and set well," Cothern said. "Everything we needed to execute, we did."
Brenna Dameris had a big game with five blocks as Pana's strong front line continued to play well. Jenna Dudra had four kills and three blocks. Colleen Weddle had five kills and two blocks. Lexie Siegert had two blocks.
Pana (25-12) will play Newton at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Shelbyville Sectional.
Tuscola def. Tolono Unity 25-21, 25-21
TUSCOLA -- Courtney Brewer directed the Warriors to their first regional volleyball title since 2008, and everyone around her followed the lead.
"Courtney did a wonderful job getting the ball to the best hitters in each situation and sending tips over when she saw holes in the defense," Tuscola coach Lydia Benson said.
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Brewer had 17 assists, mostly to Nicole Lough (7) and Maddie Allen (6). Her tipping was working and she ended up with five kills on her own.
Allen added three blocks to her night, while Lough pitched in six digs. Also in that back row, Ashley Bartley added five digs and Brewer three, leading six others who each finished with one.
"Our back row was incredibly scrappy and made amazing plays," Benson said. "The team worked together and fought hard for every point against a great Unity team. They were determined to win this match."
Tuscola (15-9) is setup to play Bloomington Central Catholic at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Joseph-Ogden Sectional.
Newton def. Robinson 25-20, 25-20
NEWTON -- Grace Hartrich put everything she had into delivering Newton a regional title at home. The junior had 16 assists, 12 digs, four kills, one ace and one block to power the Eagles.
In winning, the Eagles knocked out Robinson, who was led all season by the program's winningest senior class -- 85 wins.
"I am really going to miss this senior class," Robinson coach Eric Dean said. "They are excellent young ladies who have always made myself, the coaching staff and the school proud."
That group included Olivia Munsch and Courtney Callaway. Munsch led the Maroons in kills (6). Callaway led them in assists (16) and digs (15)
Newton (29-7) will play Pana at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Shelbyville.
Williamsville def. Central A&M 25-22, 25-17
WILLIAMSVILLE -- The high school volleyball career of Mikah Maples is over, but the A&M outside hitter didn't go down without a fight.
Maples had six kills and two digs, but the Raiders (24-6) bowed out.
"Our girls came out tonight with the will to win," A&M coach Vanessa Rork said. "We fought some really hard battles and dominated the serve receive."
The Raiders defense worked hard against Williamsville. Abby Forlines had two blocks, while three others had one each. Maples' eight kills matched Maggie Neilson. Abby Miller had six digs on top of 12 assists.
Windsor/Stew-Stras def. Effingham St. Anthony 25-17, 25-22
NEOGA -- With the game tied 13-all in the second set, Windsor/Stew-Stras put their foot on the gas, scoring five straight points en route to the title.
It was the first regional title for the W/SS co-op, which wants more.
"I gave the girls a talk before the game that it can't just be one person," W/SS coach Ronda Schlechte said. "It has to be everybody, and that's the way it has to be the rest of the season. Everyone has to play their part."
They got the message. Becca Schlechte led the attack with eight kills and setup the offense with 16 assists. Autumn Bennett added six kills and a team-high two blocks. Freshmen Carson Cole (10 digs) and Kenzi Tabbert (9) helped on defense. Tabbert also had five assists.
The Hatchets (28-9) move on to the to the LSA Sectional to play No. 1 seed Cissna Park at 6 p.m. Tuesday.