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