Blue Ridge won all five of its matches, defeating Heritage 25-22, 20-25, 18-16 in the championship match to win its own 10-team tournament.
Gracie Shaffer (75 assists, 45 digs) and Nadia Beadle (34 kills, 38 digs) helped the Knights past Uni High, Donovan, Lowpoint-Washburn, Villa Grove and Heritage and improve to a perfect 7-0 to start the season.
Saturday, Sept. 7
Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond dumped Tuscola and Salt Fork in a 2-3 collective output at the Casey-Westfield Classic. In the former win, Charley Condill finished nine kills and Alisha Frederick boasted 22 assists. In the latter success, Michaela Powell’s 12 digs and Ashley Seegmiller’s 15 assists paved the way.
Thursday, Sept. 5
Argenta-Oreana 2, Cerro Gordo/Bement 0: Madelyn Tipsword was strong at the net with six kills and three blocks to go with three digs in Argenta-Oreana’s 25-21, 25-18 sweep of Cerro Gordo. Katy Morrison provided solid back row play with 15 digs for the Bombers. Mackenzie McMillen paced the Broncos defensively (1-2) with 15 digs.
ALAH 2, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 1: Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond rallied after dropping the first set to Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley for an 18-25, 25-23, 25-23 victory. Alisha Frederick led the Knights with 22 assists, five digs and four aces, while Cheyenne Chupp had nine kills. Jessica Freehill finished with 14 kills and 13 digs to pace the Falcons.
Blue Ridge 2, Sangamon Valley 0: Blue Ridge stayed unbeaten with a 25-21, 25-14 sweep of Sangamon Valley. Gracie Shaffer led the Knights with 14 assists, seven digs and four aces.
Monticello 2, Warrensburg-Latham 1: Monticello had to rally after dropping the second set, but the Sages pulled off a 25-20, 21-25, 25-13 victory. Addison Wichus’ solid all-around play with 19 digs and nine assists helped propel unbeaten Monticello to victory.
Tuesday, Sept. 3
Chrisman 2, ALAH 1: Despite taking the first set, the Knights fell in three to the visiting Cardinals for a non-league home loss. Cheyenne Chupp tallied 11 kills for the Knights, while Charley Condill chipped in for five kills and digs each.