HILLSBORO – Vandalia’s eighth-grade volleyball team was pretty much an afterthought going into the postseason.
Toiling around .500 throughout the season, the Jr. Lady Vandals entered last week’s regional tournament in Hillsboro as the No. 4 seed.
What followed was the beauty of sports.
One by one, teams fell victim to Vandalia’s patient style. First fifth-seeded Litchfield, then top-seeded Staunton and finally third-seeded Gillespie.
But a regional wasn’t enough for this feisty group of eighth-graders.