After a well-earned Class L-Region 2 volleyball championship was secured, Massac Junior High School’s Lady Trojans volleyballers appeared to be “up against it” on the Class L SIJHSAA Championship day, Saturday, March 26.
The trek to Pinckneyville began in Metropolis on the Lady Trojans’ own court with regional play.
The girls opened with an almost perfect game in their 25-8 and 25-13, semi-final win over Harrisburg, followed by a hard-fought 25-13, 16-25 and 15-6 three-set win over West Frankfort in the regional finals.
Awaiting them at Pinckneyville was a “fearsome foursome” of Carmi, Carterville, Mascoutah and Waterloo. The trio of Carterville, Mascoutah and Waterloo owned a collective record of 71-2. Carterville was unbeaten at 19-0, and Mascoutah and Waterloo each had lost only one match all year.
Carterville was first up for Massac County, and the Lady Lions wasted no time in establishing the “pecking order” with a 25-20 first-set win. But the Lady Trojans paid no mind to the first-set loss and came back with a 26-24 nail-biting win in the second set. Massac’s Harley Durham would provide the final two service points to push the match to a third set.
The tie breaker was more of the same as Carterville broke on top 4-0. Kenna Hight helped Massac regain the lead with some nifty service line work, and the Lady Trojans held off the Lady Lions for the 15-10 tiebreaker win.
Next up was eventual state champ Waterloo.
Massac flipped the script in the semi-final match, winning the first set over Waterloo 25-20 before falling 22-25 in a grueling second match. Waterloo’s potent offense took over in the tiebreaker, propelling them to a 15-11 win.
In the third-place game, Massac met Mascoutah and the Lady Indians had a bit too much firepower as they won in straight sets 25-15 and 25-20.
Waterloo went on to dispose of Carmi in the championship match in straight sets to take the Class L crown.
The Lady Trojans, under helm of Zach Miller and assistant coach Mark Mizell, finished their campaign with a record of 18-8-1.