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Season coming to a close for Vandalia JH volleyball

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By Andrew Harner

Both of Vandalia's junior high volleyball teams have records better than .500 as the season gets to its final weeks.

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The Jr. Lady Vandals played their final home game on Tuesday against Pana, with the seventh-graders erasing a third-set deficit to win, 25-12, 22-25, 25-17, and the eighth-graders losing, 14-25, 18-25.

On the season, the seventh-graders are 9-5 (4-1 Jr. Mid-Sate Conference), and the eighth-graders are 11-6 (3-2 JMSC).

Vandalia has four more matches this season before the regional tournaments, starting on Thursday at Litchfield.

Against Pana, Emma Meyer led the seventh-graders, recording eight kills, five aces and a block.

Other top performers were: Madison Klanke, four aces and the final eight points of the third set; Carson Howard, four kills and two aces; and Molly Kern, two kills and one ace.

The win puts Vandalia in a tie with Pana for the lead in the conference.

For the eighth-graders, the leading players were Makayla Tinker, with six points, one ace and one kills, and Mindy Ritchey, with four points, two aces and one kill.

Last Thursday, the eighth-graders beat Hillsboro, 25-11, 26-24, with Tinker scoring 15 points and five aces, and Lexi Buechel scoring three kills. Karlie Bright added six points, one ace and one kill.

The seventh-graders beat Hillsboro, 25-16, 25-18. Courtney Sarchet led the way, with eight aces, and Kern had six aces and two kills. Emma Meyer added three kills.

Hillsboro won the bonus set, 25-13.