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St. Elmo wins first-ever volleyball sectional

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By Andrew Harner

LEBANON - There was more than one time when it looked like St. Elmo's season was going to come to an end, but with strong serving from senior Heather Seibert and 17 kills from senior Savannah Feezel, the Lady Eagles on Thursday pushed past Lebanon, 16-25, 25-9, 25-22, to win a sectional championship.

The win gave St. Elmo its first-ever sectional championship in volleyball, and only the second for the school in any sport. On Saturday, the Lady Eagles travel to Valmeyer to take on Valmeyer in a super-sectional contest at 4 p.m.

St. Elmo (29-9) opened the match by playing evenly with Lebanon through the first 18 points, but the Lady Hounds outplayed the Lady Eagles through the rest of the set to take it 25-16.

But Seibert would have 11 straight serves and St. Elmo would have 14 kills in a dominating performance in the second set, which saw the Lady Eagles build a lead as large as 19-3 before winning, 25-9.

The Lady Eagles saved their best for last, though, falling behind 10-16 in the middle of the third set, before Seibert again saved the day with seven straight serves that gave St. Elmo an 18-17 lead.

Senior Katie Stites then had three kills in five points to help seal the victory, which sent a large contingent of St. Elmo fans into a celebration that seemed like it would never end.