DECATUR -- St. Teresa new volleyball coach Brad Dalton won his debut game Monday as the Bulldogs beat Springfield 25-21, 25-19.
Dalton said his team has been working at their quick play in practice and they utilized it in the opening game of the season.
"We played pretty well for the first match but it was definitely a grinder," he said. "We really tried to push the tempo -- we've been practicing that way all summer and the girls are just going to get faster and faster."
DaeLin Switzer led the Bulldogs with nine kills, followed by Lexie Huck and Caleigh Craft who each had six.
Leaders in assists were Huck with 14 and Cami Lobb with nine.
Strong play from the middle will set up St. Teresa (1-0) for future victories.
"Our middles were great tonight; they hit a combined .550. That's going to win us a lot of matches this season, " Dalton said.
The play of freshman libero Grace Buxton won praise from Dalton.
"Our passing was pretty good too. Grace passed 2.6 as a freshman -- that's college-level playing," he said.
Dalton, who came to the Bulldogs in January from MacArthur, replaced Rhonda Glidewell, who resigned her position last December. Glidwell went 46-57-2 in her three seasons with the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs continue their season against Williamsville on Thursday.
Argenta-Oreana def. Monticello 25-23, 25-21
ARGENTA -- Argenta-Oreana's new setter Camilyn Newbanks had the team's offense moving as they beat Monticello in two sets.
"Cami is our new setter and she distributed the ball well to our aggressive hitters," Argenta coach Mindi Logue said. "Monticello got caught on their heels which forced them to make quite a few mistakes."
Newbanks led the Bombers with 10 digs followed by Katy Morrision's eight.
Morgan Klover led Argenta with four kills and Keely Meador added three.
The Bombers' (1-0) offense was on the attack in their season debut.
"We always have a lot of good competition against Monticello and tonight they didn't disappoint," Logue said. "We were really aggressive on offense, we had a lot of energy and didn't send a lot of free balls across the net."
St. Teresa 10, Pana 0
DECATUR -- The Bulldogs' offense exploded for ten goals against Pana in coach Davis Wegmann's debut with the team Monday.
Edgar Onate scored five goals for St. Teresa (1-0)and Christian Herrera Sheehan added two goals. Other Bulldog scorers included Hayden Sheehan, Jay Boatman and Luichi Caceres.
"Obviously tonight's game wasn't a good way to showcase our potential this season but the guys did a good job playing their best," Wegmann said. "We're playing a style of soccer this year that other area teams have never seen and that's going to win a lot of games."
Bulldogs goalie Colton Moore recorded seven saves in the victory.
Wegmann replaced Tom Cantwell as St. Teresa's coach in May after Cantwell resigned at the end of the 2017 season.
Monticello 7, Warrensburg-Latham 0
WARRENSBURG -- Weather put a damper on the match between Monticello and Warrensburg Monday as a 45-minute weather delay slowed the first half.
But Monticello had already done severe damage to the Cardinals as they were ahead 4-0 with four goals scored by Luke Randolph.
Following the delay, the Sages extended the lead to 7-0 with goals from Ethan Brakke, Jake Edmondson and Andrew Ellison.
Monticello (1-0) goalie Rye Johnson had three saves.