CHS, SWHS pick up wins at Volleyfest

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Good service Southwest's Jerri Lynn serves during one of the Volleyfest Tournament games this weekend. The Lady Trojans finished their own tournament in fourth place.

The Cassville Lady Wildcats finished the day even at two wins, two losses during the annual Southwest Volleyfest in Washburn on Saturday, boosting their season record to 3-7.

Cassville opened the day with an early morning victory over Pea Ridge (Ark.) in the middle school gym, 25-16 and 25-10. The Lady Wildcats then moved down the hill to the winners bracket at the high school.

The Lady Wildcats lost to Blue Eye, 25-13 and 25-9, but then defeated Gentry (Ark.), 25-23 and 25-13.

In their final match of the tournament, the Lady Wildcats lost to Forsyth, 25-10 and 25-20.

Cassville will play at the Diamond Tournament on Saturday.

The host Lady Trojans went two for three for the day and now hold a season record of 5-6.

Steve Voyak's Southwest team opened play with a 25-18, 25-20 win over Wheaton but then dropped an exciting match to Huntsville, 26-24 and 25-21. The Lady Trojans took care of Crane, 25-18 and 25-10, before losing their final two matches to Shiloh Christian (Ark.), 25-7 and 25-14, and Blue Eye, 25-16 and 25-15.

The Lady Trojans will also play in the Diamond Tournament on Saturday.

Shiloh Christian won five straight games Saturday and captured the 2011 Volleyfest Tournament for the second straight year.

"It was the biggest and best Volleyfest tournament ever," said Coach Voyak. "We had 12 teams with 151 players play 26 games in two gyms on three courts over eight hours. It's a lot of work, but volleyball is a great sport and this tournament serves as a celebration of the sport we all love. Our goal is to make it better next season."

Shiloh's sophomore setter Lauren Brown was named MVP of the tournament. The coaches also selected 12 players for the all-tournament team, including: Madison Eliot, Taylor Ochs and Brittany Butler, of Shiloh Christian; Catey May and Kaci McClure, of Huntsville; Alexis Mitchell and Kayla Hickey, of Blue Eye; Taylor Mettlach and Montana Hendrix, of Southwest; Olivia Braschler and Allison Forest, of Forsyth; Kasey Littlefield, of Wheaton; and Breanna Jones, of Farmington.

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