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DECATUR -- After a low-energy performance on Tuesday, St. Teresa's volleyball team came alive Thursday against Warrensburg-Latham in a Central Illinois Conference meeting, winning in two sets 25-12, 25-18. 

St. Teresa coach Brad Dalton worked this week to speed up the Bulldogs' play and get everyone involved. 

"A lot of it had to do with the pace we were playing at. We worked on some weaknesses that we noticed, and we really made some strides with our effort and got back on track a little bit," he said. "We had contributions from about everybody on the team tonight. We played 12 kids. They all got in and they all played pretty well."

DaeLin Switzer led the Bulldogs (11-4) with six kills while Lexie Huck and Kenzie Snow each had five. Cami Lobb recorded 11 assists. 

St. Teresa's blocking game was on point against the Cardinals as well as Switzer and Caleigh Craft had four blocks each and Snow added three. 

"We probably had more blocks tonight than we’ve had in a match so far," Dalton said. 

Pana def. Roxana 25-17, 25-23

PANA -- Behind the hitting of Kaylee Holland and Shania Schoonover, Pana defeated Roxana in two sets in a South Central Conference battle. 

The Panthers didn't let any opportunity pass them by against the Shells. 

"We were able to capitalize on some opponent hitting mistakes and that helped give us some momentum and push us through the game," Pana coach Greg Cothern said. "Our serving was very consistent. We moved the ball around off our serves to help ourselves. It was kind of a well-balanced effort for the team.”

Holland led the Panthers with nine kills and Schoonover had seven.

Jillian Hamilton recorded five kills for the Panthers, earning praise from her coach. 

"Jillian is a freshman and she is filling in for one of our injured players. She came out in the second set and did a phenomenal job," Cothern said. "She had several kills and three blocks in that set. She did a great job controlling the net for us. To be a freshman and step up in the varsity game is outstanding." 

Mount Zion def. Lincoln 25-10, 25-18

LINCOLN -- Everything was working for Mount Zion as they beat Apollo Conference rival Lincoln in two sets. 

“The passing was really good tonight. We had our highest passing score of the year," Mount Zion coach Jay McAtee said. "We were able to run our offense well in both games. The serving was more aggressive, passing was better, and everything just flowed very well tonight.”

Ali Vaughn had 18 assists and Karlee McAtee led the offense with nine kills. Reiley Drake and Kaitlyn Lillpop each had six kills for the Braves (7-3, 2-2). 


Mattoon 11, Taylorville

MATTOON -- A strong start to the match, which included the 100th goal of Mattoon forward Jake Ghere's career, allowed Mattoon to get some rest in between a couple of big matches.

The Green Wave scored six goals in the first 15 minutes against Taylorville when Mattoon coach Ryan Ghere pulled his starters from the match. They were able to sit for the rest of the match as the Green Wave went on to beat the Tornadoes 11-1.

Thursday's match with Taylorville was sandwiched in between two key Apollo Conference matches. On Tuesday, Mattoon played to a 3-3 tie with Mahomet-Seymour and on Saturday the Green Wave host Mount Zion, which is right there with Mattoon at the top of the Apollo.

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Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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