You’d never know it was the first week of the season by the way Massac County’s volleyball has played so far.

In their very first game of the year on Aug. 24, the Lady Patriots beat a very good Marion team in a game that resembled late season play. With Abigail Martin on the service line and her team up one set and tied in the second set at 23 all, an apparent “tip kill” for Marion was ruled a net violation and the go-ahead point for Marion instead went to Massac for a 24-23 lead. Martin “aced” her next serve, and Massac had a thrilling 25-23, 25-23 win on the road.

Coach Zach Miller said he was pretty sure that Marion had scored the point, but “the referee kept pointing at us. I didn’t have a very good angle, and I’m not going to argue.”

Massac’s second game of the young season, on Aug. 26, was a tough loss, also on the road, to DuQuoin by scores of 25-22, 11-25 and 20-25.

But the girls would get a shot to avenge that first loss later.

Playing in the SIRR Conference Preview tournament Saturday, Aug. 28, at Carterville, the Lady Patriots won the silver division by beating Benton 25-7, 25-21 and 25-22.

The win was followed by a loss to eventual overall winner Nashville by scores of 14-25, 23-25 and 13-25. After a first set loss to Herrin 19-25, the girls came back to post set wins of 25-16 and 16-14 before the rematch with DuQuoin.

The rematch went 25-22 for Massac in set one, but the Lady Indians got Massac’s number in set two 25-19, setting up the 15-point tie-breaker. Massac rolled in the “rubber match,” winning 15-6.

Massac County’s Hailey Edwards was named to the All-Tournament Team recording 36 kills. Other individual stats for Massac were: Kelis Adams with 10 blocks for Massac as Monique Hart recorded 28 kills, Sophie Bormann had 116 digs, and Abigail Martin had 102 assists.

The girls were scheduled to tangle with Edwards County Tuesday night, Aug. 31, but the visitors cancelled with COVID issues.

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