MOUNT PULASKI -- From the second set forward, Mount Pulaski was putting St. Teresa away with its outside hitters Skylar Hayes and Abigail Fitzpatrick.
Then, the Bulldogs got a boost from a freshman who keeps stepping up at all the right times so far this season. Abby Robinson had 14 kills and helped St. Teresa take a 25-17, 23-25, 25-20 victory over Mount Pulaski on Tuesday.
It was all St. Teresa in the first set. Then, Hayes (17 kills) and Fitzpatrick (14) really brought it for Mount Pulaski.
"We had a hard time reading their offense and executing our defense," St. Teresa coach Rhonda Glidewell said.
In the third set, the Bulldogs had to rally from behind.
Robinson helped them go all the way.
"I think she's the best freshman in central Illinois," Glidewell said. "She's having a blast and staying humble. She's letting her upperclassmen take control of the court, but when she has the chance, she sure executes her kills."
Pana def. Taylorville 28-26, 25-23
PANA -- The Panthers had hands up everywhere around the net it seemed.
Jenna Dudra led a cast of blockers with six stuffs, following by Colleen Weddle (four), Brenna Dameris (three) and Kaylee Holland (two).
Then, Shayna Stremming took the lead on offense with six kills in a match that was tight all night between rivals.
"The girls did an extremely good job of getting their hands on balls when they were hitting at us," Pana coach Greg Cothern said. "We did an excellent job of pursuing the ball and ultimately putting the ball away.
"It was hard-fought game. We were just able to play tough at the end of both sets and come out on top. We worked really hard for that win tonight."
Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg def. Teutopolis 25-12, 25-22
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TEUTOPOLIS -- The Hatchets main concern was hitting around Teutopolis' big blockers at the net, and they did just fine behind Mackenzi Tabbert.
Tabbert led the team with nine kills and added four aces. Becca and Megan Schlechte had five kills apiece.
"They roughed us up pretty good in the first set," Teutopolis coach said. "They consistently hit the ball hard and our blocking didn't adjust well. We were really slowed down in the first set."
Leah Jansen led the Shoes with three kills, and the second set was much closer, but the Hatchets left with a big win.
"Mackenzi benefited from tooling a lot of her kills," W/SS coach Rhonda Schlechte said. "We were able to get some nice hits around them."
Warrensburg-Latham def. LSA 25-14, 25-12
DECATUR -- It was all fun for the Cardinals.
Kenzie Yaroch and Rachel Hoppe had seven kills apiece and Maddy Yeakley added six more as Warrensburg cruised to victory.
"I thought we played well as a team," Warrensburg coach Sherri White said. "We played relaxed and controlled. The girls seemed to really enjoy being on the floor tonight."
The Cardinals were also especially good from the service line, with three players scoring at least two aces led by Madi Reynolds with three.
Newton def. Charleston 25-12, 25-16
CHARLESTON -- The Eagles are still undefeated this season and had no problem keeping it that way against the Trojans.
Charleston took the first point of the first set, then gave up a 9-0 run and never got the lead back.
The Eagles went running again in the second set, scoring six straight for a 10-6 lead and later nine straight for a 21-8 lead.
“We knew coming in that Newton was undefeated, we knew they were a good team,” Charleston head coach Justin Tomaska said after the loss. “I probably shouldn’t have told them how good of a team Newton was and shouldn’t have showed them the film because we just came out playing scared."