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Lady Vandals 2nd in summer tourney

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By Andrew Harner

VANDALIA – Vandalia continued its summer volleyball schedule with a second-place finish to Effingham in its own tournament on Monday.

The Lady Vandals defeated Olney in the semifinals of the playoff bracket, but lost a close match to Effingham in the title game to earn its second second-place finish of the summer. The team will play in seven tournaments during the summer.

Vandalia held several leads against Effingham, but the Lady Hearts picked up five kills in the final 10 points to earn a 19-17 set win.

The Lady Vandals never led in the second set but stayed within five points of the lead throughout the 19-15 victory for Effingham.

Rising senior Kadi Metzger had a team-high four kills, while rising senior Ally Sasse and rising freshman Katie Tarkington added two.

Sasse and Tarkington each had a service ace, and rising senior Madison Click had four assists.

In the semifinals, Vandalia swept Olney, 25-19, 25-22, for its second win against the Lady Tigers.

Sasse had back-to-back kills on the second and third points of the first set to give the Lady Vandals a lead they would not relinquish.

Olney lead early in the second set, but rising junior Gracie Morrison served back-to-back aces to break a 10-10 tie, and Tarkington would later record back-to-back kills to break a tie at 18 and propel Vandalia to the win.

Tarkington had a team-high five kills in the match, and all six players who served had at least one ace while combining for 11. Click led the team, with three.

Tarkington added three blocks, and Click and rising freshman Sydney Austin each had four assists.

Other teams in the tournament were: Dieterich and Vandalia’s JV squad.

Monday, June 16
Effingham 19, Vandalia 17
Effingham 19, Vandalia 15
Kills: Metzger, 4; Sasse, 2; Tarkington, 2; Austin, 1; Morrison, 1.
Aces: Sasse, 1; Tarkington, 1.
Assists: Click, 4; Austin, 3; Morrison, 1.
Block: Tarkington, 1.

Monday, June 16
Vandalia 25, Olney 19
Vandalia 25, Olney 22
Kills: Tarkington, 5; Sasse 4; Madison Klanke, 3; Metzger, 3; Click, 2.
Aces: Click, 3; Klanke, 2; Metzger, 2; Morrison, 2; Sasse, 1; Tarkington, 1.
Assists: Austin, 4; Click, 4; Jessica Booker, 2; Metzger, 2; Klanke, 1.
Blocks: Tarkington, 3; Sasse, 1.