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Friday, October 12, 2007

Railers hold their own against nationally ranked Bloomington          Send a link to a friend

By Rick L. Hobler

[October 12, 2007]  It is just my opinion, but I wasn't overly impressed.

With the visiting team, that is. The Railers, on the other hand, were fine.

Thursday night the nationally ranked Purple Raiders of Bloomington came a-calling to Lincoln Community High School. The advance press was that they were virtually unbeatable and unstoppable. Maybe so, but I still wasn't that impressed. Lincoln held its own, but wasn't able to overcome the hitting and serving of Bloomington's Ashley Beyer and Kasey Heckleman and the excellent setting of Kristin Stauter. The Railers ended the night on the short end of the scoreboard with the loss at 19-25, 16-25. The Railers' record stands at 15-12.

In the first game of the night, Lincoln and Bloomington battled back and forth until the Railers got stuck on six. Six points, that is. With the Railers up 6-4, they shot themselves in the foot on the next seven points and found themselves down 6-11. Bloomington maintained a three- to four-point advantage the rest of the way and eventually prevailed 25-19.

Game two was almost a mirror image of game one, as once again the teams battled back and forth until the Railers once again got stuck on six. This time, though, the Railers were down 6-9 when Bloomington ran off the next six successive points to give themselves a 15-6 margin. The Railers made a late-game run after Lincoln's coach Howe requested their presence in the huddle for a one-minute timeout. With the pre-timeout score already at 9-19, Lincoln ran off the next five points to make it 14-19. The Purple Raiders would allow the Railers no more running room, and an ace serve ended the game and the night at 16-25.

Jamie McFadden, Abbie Feldman and Hilary Hobler carried the weight at the net with seven, five and four kills respectively. Sam Lowman earned the Railers seven service points and dug nine balls off the floor. Ashley Bonaparte ran the offense and gathered 13 assists for her work.

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The Railers head north to Bradley-Bourbonnais this weekend for their last regular-season tournament. Lincoln will face some good competition this weekend. The tournament will serve as a final tuneup for their CS8 face-off with Glenwood next Tuesday and the soon-to-come postseason.

Let's make it work, ladies. Win the Boilermaker Classic this weekend. Grab your share of the CS8 title next Tuesday. You can do it! It is up to you.



Junior varsity dominates

The junior Lady Railers made it look easy Thursday night, at least in game one, against Bloomington High School. With some excellent short serving and net play, the Railers pulled off a relatively easy game, won by a score of 25-9. Game two came a little harder, as Lincoln had to fight to win the match at 25-22.

Emma Anderson hit the ball well and recorded a match-high six kills. Hannah Sheley had five kills and Emily Sheley had four. The Railers' service game, especially in the first game, was excellent and resulted in Kate Anderson and Kayla Riggs each ringing up nine service points. Katrina Schreiner followed close behind with five.

The junior varsity improved to 16-6 overall and will play again Tuesday at home against Chatham.

[Rick L. Hobler]

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