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MAROA — Maroa-Forsyth didn't play its best match a night after taking at least a share of the Sangamo Conference championship, but it was enough to beat county rival St. Teresa on Tuesday.

Maroa (26-2) won its 11th straight match with a 25-19, 25-7 win against the Bulldogs (10-11).

"I don't think we passed particularly well," Maroa-Forsyth coach Sarah Mason said. "We came off such a high last night (against Pleasant Plains), we just didn't come out very sharp in the first set." 

St. Teresa led most of the first set before Maroa came back. 

"We were playing hard and we were playing together," St. Teresa coach Rhonda Glidewell said. "In the second set, things just didn't go our way." 

Jenessa Wenskunas led all players with eight kills for the Trojans and her strong play was noticed by Mason. 

"Jenessa really stood out to me tonight. She had no errors. She was hitting .500," Mason added. 

St. Teresa's loss may motivate the team for a match in the future. 

"We're eager to go after them and get some revenge when we meet them again at regionals," Glidewell added. 

Mount Zion wins Apollo Conference

LINCOLN — Mount Zion traveled to Lincoln looking to grab the Apollo Conference title outright, and the Braves did just that, winning 25-17, 25-22.

"To win the Apollo Conference outright three consecutive years is great for these girls," Mount Zion coach Jay McAtee said. "Lincoln is such a good team and they have such good outside hitters."

Scoring for Mount Zion was led by Dayna Kennedy and Reiley Drake with eight and six kills, respectively. 

Ali Vaughn added 25 assists to facilitate the offense. 

"Ali spread out the offense and everybody had a good night," McAtee said. "I think the girls were motivated that they did not want to back into our conference championship or share it with anyone else. You could tell from the beginning that they came to play."

Glenwood outlasts MacArthur

DECATUR — The Generals (12-15) hung with one of the better teams in the Central State 8, but fell short in the end, 25-22, 25-16.

MacArthur (12-15) led 12-9 in the second set, but Glenwood stormed back.

"We had some spurts where we played pretty well, but Glenwood's a good team — they do everything pretty well," MacArthur coach Brad Dalton said. "We made some runs and played some good volleyball at times. We just couldn't find the consistency to get out of some jams."

ALAH gets revenge

ARTHUR — Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond avenged its only loss of the season with a 25-18, 25-13 win against Cerro Gordo.

Taylor Powell had eight kills and seven aces to lead Arthur (19-1, 4-0 Little Okaw Valley Conference).

"Our offense was firing on all cylinders," Arthur coach Emily Crossman said. "And our defense was picking up balls that dropped previously. The girls stayed loose, yet focused. I'm proud of their teamwork."


Mount Zion takes second

TAYLORVILLE — The Mount Zion boys cross country team took second to defending Class 2A state champion Mahomet-Seymour at the Apollo Conference Meet.

"Our kids ran another strong race," Mount Zion coach Bill Harbeck said. "We've put together several really good races in a row now. We wanted another good, strong performance heading into regionals and we got that."

Mount Zion was led by Mason Jones, who took fourth overall with a time of 15:34.10 despite dislocating his shoulder during the race. Carson Fenton (16:16.6) was ninth.

"Mason ran into a post on a turn, but he didn't drop out of the race — he kept running and he ran well," Harbeck said.


MacArthur shut out by Glenwood

DECATUR -- Chatam Glenwood goalie Collin Cramer had nine saves on his way to a shut out of the Generals (5-8-1) Tuesday.

The Titans (17-2-1) spread their offense though four scorers with a goal each.

Rylee Clayton, Evan Paoni, Cade Traupvetter, and Connor Dees all had goals for Glenwood.

MacArthur goalie Brendan Foster had 15 saves in the loss. 

"Chatham Glenwood is a good team, Generals coach Alex Wegmann said. "They have very good talent out there."

Glenwood's reputation as a top team can soften to blow of a loss. 

"When you lose 4-0 against Glenwood, that's a good results for me, Wegmann added. "I'm actually pretty happy with it." | (217) 421-6968



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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