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St. Elmo tops Brownstown at Volley for a Cure

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By Andrew Harner

BROWNSTOWN – St. Elmo swept all three games at the fifth annual Volley for a Cure game against Brownstown on Tuesday.

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The Lady Eagles won the varsity contest, 25-19, 17-25, 25-18,  the JV match, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20, and the freshmen/sophomore match, 25-11, 25-16.

Both coaches, however, knew they were playing for more than wins and losses, as all proceeds from the game went to cancer research.

"It's fantastic," said Lady Bombers coach Toby Harms. "I don't know what our eventual donation will be, but I hope it's a high number.

"We had a big crowd, and  they got their money's worth with some good volleyball."

St. Elmo coach Elise Asher also was happy to be part of a good cause.

"It is nice to see all the support out here tonight," she said. "It makes me smile when you see the survivors who are recgonized."

St. Elmo never was able to take a big lead in any set during the varsity contest, however.

In the first, Brownstown rushed out to a 9-4 lead before St. Elmo junior Megan Maxey was able to score six service aces in eight tries to put the Lady Eagles ahead, 12-9.

St. Elmo would slowly push that lead farther throughout the set, eventually going up by as many as eight points.

Brownstown again came out quickly in the second set, taking a quick 7-3 advantage, which would eventually grow to as many as 11 at 20-9 on the strength of strong serving from senior Morgan Walk.

St. Elmo's Heather Siebert served a few good points at the end of the set to salvage the 17-25 score.

In the third set, St. Elmo finally got off to a good start, holding the lead or a tie through the first 20 serves.

The teams would then trade the lead three more times, with the Lady Eagles taking the lead for good at 18-17, and junior Savannah Feezel served the final five points for St. Elmo.

"We were fortunate to come out with a win," Asher said. "We didn't do many things right."

Harms said that despite the loss, the game could be benficial to his team.

He said about five years ago he had a team similar to this year's, and it broke out during the Vandalia Tournament, which begins on Saturday.

"With a young team, you are going to have a lot of close ones before you get over the hump," Harms said. "Eventually, this team is going to hit that point, and once we do, we will take off running."

Varsity
St. Elmo

Kills: Feezel, 7; Megan Maxey, 5; Katie Stites, 4; Patricia Guerrero, 2; Molly Hill, 2; Perry Manley, 2; Heather Siebert, 1.
Aces: Maxey, 7; Manley, 1; Siebert, 1; Stites, 1.
Blocks: Manley, 2; Feezel, 1; Stites, 1.
Assists: Manley, 18; Siebert, 3; Feezel, 1; Maxey, 1; Stites, 1.
Brownstown
Kills: Shenisa Dunn, 4; Morgan Stinebring, 3; Courtney Howard, 2; Bethany Oberlink, 2.
Aces: Oberlink, 3; Stinebring, 3
Blocks: Danie Austin, 2; Howard, 2.
Assists: Stinebring, 5; Michaela Walk, 4.

JV
St. Elmo

Kills: Jenna Miller, 5; Erica Behl, 4; Baylee Scholes, 2; Tiffany Austin, 1; Aubrey Carson, 1.
Brownstown
Kills: Lakin Evans, 4; Bayle Rhodes, 4; Kristen Barnick, 2; Katie kroll, 1; Hallie Leigh, 1.