From a quality, eight team field, Massac County emerged unscathed, a little bruised maybe, but unscathed to take the tournament title.
On the road to a grueling three set win over Centralia's 'Ophan Annies,' the Lady Pats took down Anna-Jonesboro 25-10 and 25-21; Marion, 25-22, 25-18; New Athens, 25-15 and again 25-15; DuQuoin, 25-21, 25-22; and in the title match Centralia, 25-19, 16-25 and in the tie break 15-7.
The thrilling three set title match was preceded by an equally good three set match for third place between DuQuoin and New Athens.
The eight team field consisted of A-J, Centralia, Christopher, Cobden, DuQuoin, Marion, Massac County and New Athens.
For the tournament, Massac went 5-0, Centralia was 4-1, DuQuoin went 3-2, New Athens was 2-3, Marion split at 2-2, Cobden went 1-3 as did A-J and Christopher was winless at 0-4.
The All Tournament team consisted of Julia Lasley from A-J; Haylee Lambert from Marion; from Cobden, Hannah Stillman; and DuQuoin placed two girls on the team, Lauren Heape and Elizabeth Bird. New Athens had two members as well in Danika White and Julia Drake. Centralia had three girls on the honors squad in Natalie Edsen, Allie Fults and Alyssa Hutton, and the host school placed three girls on the squad: Kara Womack and Madison Hammonds joined tournament MVP Jessie Lewis on the All Tournament Team.
These three produced some impressive numbers for the long day. Womack assisted 96 times, Hammonds had 52 digs and Lewis knocked down 50 kills for the day.
Massac County played host to the Lady Tigers from Herrin Tuesday night and Jessie Lewis was once again a dominant force for the ladies in a workmanlike, straight set win over an outmanned Herrin Tiger team. Lewis set a school record with 20 kills.
Massac's record improves to 19-4 overall and 5-0 in the SIRR.