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Meridian’s Emily Peterson keeps the ball in play against Riverton at Meridian Monday. Riverton went on to defeat the Hawks in two sets. More photos at

CERRO GORDO -- Central A&M challenged Cerro Gordo in the first set Monday but the Broncos battled to beat the Raiders 26-24, 25-16.

Sydney Walker led Cerro Gordo (13-3) with nine kills and stood out with her smart play. 

"Sydney is really able to make plays and she doesn't necessarily put it down as hard as she possibly can," Cerro Gordo coach Dawn Mann said. "She makes plays and makes the kills that way -- she's a smart player." 

Hattie Hardimon led the Raiders (5-7) with five kills and Channing Reed added four.

Central A&M's play earned kudos from Mann. 

"Central A&M is a fast team. There were scrappy and they were aggressive," she said. "It was nice to play a team like that. We like to play fast and aggressively. It pushes us and makes us want it more. 


Mount Zion 6, Williamsville 4

MOUNT ZION -- Behind Derek Austin's three goals, Mount Zion beat Williamsville in a high scoring match Monday.

Joshua Platzbecker added two goals and Brock Kennell also scored for the Braves (5-1-2). 

Mount Zion recorded six assists including two by Jayce Damarin and individual assists from Platzbecker, Jonathan Oliger, Gavin Parker and Bryce Shumaker. 

"It's pleasing to have multiple guys score and have every goal assisted. The boys are learning our strengths and the kind of game we have to play to be successful," Mount Zion coach Jonathan Moore said. 

Quinn Easley scored a hat trick for Williamsville. Braden Voights added the Bullets' fourth goal. 

Moore's team was on top of their game for portions of the two halves. 

"We played the first several minutes of each half really well. We were moving the ball, finding gaps and finishing around the net," he said. "We're going to have to get better at playing the full 40 minutes of the half that way. 

Williamsville's goalie Hunter Gouin had seven saves. Jacob Garrett had six saves for Mount Zion. 

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Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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