Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Sports Editor
TAYLORVILLE — “I was really proud of them for bouncing back after our worst loss in a while.” Head Coach Kim Peabody explains. “Showing up and getting some big blocks just carried us. We got momentum off that and carried us the rest of the way.”
TAYLORVILLE — Addison Tar gets UP for the kill during the Thursday night volleyball match against the Hearts. She went on to have a night finishing with 4 service points, 3 blocks, 2 kills and 1 dig.
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The Taylorville volleyball team hosted Apollo Conference opponent Effingham on Thursday, September 29. They seemed poised and more comfortable on the court compared to just a week prior against Lincoln. The Tornadoes had no problem walking away with a win in two sets, 25-18 and 25-16.
What helped the THS girls get the win? According to Coach Peabody it was the defense.
“We have focused, the last three days, on blocking drills. They’re probably sick of doing blocking drills but I think it payed off.”
The old saying ‘practice makes perfect’ was in full effect on Thursday night. Taylorville put up season high numbers in blocks, 9 total.
Addison Tarr and Robyn Odugbesan came together to lead the Tornadoes’ Block Party. The sophomore and freshman collected 3 blocks each which helped the defense protect the floor.
“It just helps our defense so much in the back row when there is a block up there.” Peabody stated.
Tarr not only held down the fort in the front but had one of her best games of the season. The second year varsity player gathered 2 kills, 3 blocks and 4 points of service which garnered high praise from her coach.
Senior libero Samantha Logue too shared the praise for her effort and willingness to reach every ball she could.
“Sam is always going to play hard.” says Peabody “She’s always diving, hustling and hitting the ground for each ball.”
I haven’t even been able to mention the hitting by this Tornadoes team. By now it is just expected for senior Elle Richards and sophomore Mazie Fleming are going to have big nights. The two combined for 11 total kills.
The Tornadoes were also exceptional in service and. Senior Sophie Mizeur and junior Olivia Woodward joined forces to collect 17 service points. Lead facilitator Mizeur got the ball to her teammates on Thursday finishing with 16 total assists.
Taylorville skipped past Effingham taking the victory in just two sets, 25-18 and 25-16.
The THS volleyball team will be in the Riverton Fall Classic. The tournament will begin on Friday and span the weekend.
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville libero Samantha Logue’s name is called during team pregame announcements. Logue would exert extra effort to secure the two-set victory over Effingham.
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