Vandals beat Taylorville on senior night

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By Dave Bell

After digging themselves a 12-3 deficit early in game one, the Vandalia volleyball team stormed back to win that game, 27-25, and then cruised to a 25-15 victory in game two to record a victory over Taylorville on senior night last Thursday.


Taylor Parrish came up big, with 13 for 13 hitting, nine kills, five for five serving and four digs. Holly Goldsmith was 19 for 22 hitting, with four kills and five blocks. And the Lady Vandals’ lone senior, Katie Vieregge was 15 for 19 hitting, with one kill, one dig and eight for nine serving, with two aces. Amy Walton was six for six serving and had 10 digs.


Haley Wollerman contributed a strong game from her setter’s position, with seven for eight serving, including two aces, 41 assists, 14 kill assists and five digs.


“After a slow start, we bounced back well,” said coach Allison Brown. “We got some key serves and the intensity started to flow. Everybody just lit up, and we made a nice comeback.”


She cited Parrish for her kills and Vieregge for her serves as keys to the victory. The Lady Vandals’ record now stands at 19-9.


Vieregge was honored before the varsity match, along with Sarah Hutchison, the only senior on the Lady Vandal tennis squad.


In the JV contest, Vandalia dropped the first game, 21-25, but came back to win the last two, 25-18 and 25-14.


Sierah Ruffner was 15 for 17 hitting, with seven kills, two blocks and five digs. She was eight for nine serving, with two aces. Also performing well for the Lady Vandals was Amber Bruno, who was 23 for 27 hitting, with five kills, and was seven for eight serving with two aces. Shelby Foster was nine for 10 serving, with two aces.


Setter Haley Cothern was 11 for 11 serving, with two aces. She also had three digs, 15 assists and seven kill assists.