On the heels of a scintillating regional championship win over Mt. Carmel, Massac County's volleyball team made the long haul to Salem and easily dispatched of Shelbyville's Rams to garner an historic win.
The straight set shellacking of Shelbyville was Massac's first sectional win . . . ever. A program that has been putting up numbers for a while now has seemingly always ran into a buzz saw from the Metro East area and had to return home empty-handed. Not so much this year.
Monday night's sectional semi-final win over Shelbyville set up a match against powerful Fairfield Wednesday night.
By the time this comes out Thursday, the ladies' season will either be over or awaiting a matchup with the winner of the Trenton-Wesclin sectional between powerhouses Pinckneyville or Breese Mater-Dei set to go Friday night at Vandalia.
The Halloween night matchup of Massac County and Mt. Carmel had some tricks and a lot of treats for the fans. The set scores of 25-23 and 29-27 bear out the competitiveness of the games. Only once did a team look like they were getting away and when that happened Mt. Carmel pulled back hard on the reins and clawed their way back.
Coach Zack Miller raved about the "14th Point." It was a microcosm of the match. A rally that lasted almost a full minute, featured six digs, two saves from off the court and a Kara Womack kill to take the point.
That was Massac's side of the story and you know it takes two to tango!
The sectional opener against Shelbyville was almost anti-climactic as it took twice as long to get there as it did for the Patriots to demolish the Rams.
The first set was an absolute rout with Massac winning 25-6 with almost flawless execution. Shelbyville made it a little more respectable in the second set but just didn't have the firepower to hang. Massac's tall and talented front line were on point, their service game was really good again. and Jessie Lewis launched more than a handful of "heat-seeking missiles" into the Shelbyville defense.
While Lewis had a "highlight film" game with the dozen or so kills, Cali McCraw was dominant at the net turning aside a basketful of Rams' returns and racking up seven blocks.
While the hitting and the net play drew most of the "oohs and aahs", Kara Womack, Madison Hammond and Sydney Wilke were busy on the floor with assists and digs. Miller also had high praise for the service game which was on point for the second consecutive game.
Ashley Davis, Wilke, Jenna Bunting and Sophie Bormann were deadly accurate from the service line with Davis and Wilke each recording two aces.
The win runs Massac's record to 33-5 and the loss dropped Shelbyville to 23-15.
The pundits called this one correctly as Fairfield and Massac were the one and two seeds in their "sub-sectional" while Pinckneyville and Breese M-D were the number one seeds in their respective "sub-sectional."