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TOLONO – For coach Annie Camacho and her Monticello Sages, this season was quite the success story.
The Sages finished the regular season 27-1 and followed it up with a regional title.
CHATHAM – Centennial started quickly but finished too soon.
The best summation for the Chargers' volleyball season is also an accurate description for the team's final match.
CHAMPAIGN – His team has won a school-record 32 matches. It captured a regional title after missing out on winning one last year for the first time in five seasons. And it's on the verge of capturing its first sectional crown, so forgive Centennial volleyball coach Stan Bergman if he's speechless.
"I don't know how to describe it," Bergman said. "I can say that I'm not surprised because every year we should be competitive. It's just really nice that it came together for these girls this year."
MAHOMET – Centennial's volleyball team earned two titles Saturday. The Chargers swept past Danville and Champaign Central to clinch the Class 3A regional championship plaque.
In the process, coach Stan Bergman's team became the winningest one in school history. The results weren't what those associated with the team would have anticipated in August.
PAXTON – The St. Thomas More volleyball team started the season 1-4. But the Sabers quickly rallied together, eventually winning the Sangamon Valley Conference tournament title.
St. Thomas More eyed a regional title to add to its collection Thursday, but it wasn't meant to be.
MONTICELLO – Lucy Coleman helped Monticello catch up on the scoreboard Thursday, but she can't do anything about the tally on the home front.
"My sister (Amelia) won regionals all four years," Lucy Coleman said. "I needed one."
ATWOOD – Emily Sanders had 22 assists, eight digs and seven kills to help second-seeded Sullivan hold off upset-minded Atwood-Hammond, the No. 8 seed, 22-25, 25-16, 25-11 in the Class 1A volleyball regional semifinals Thursday night. Brittne McMahan had 14 kills, 10 digs and four aces for the Redskins.
Sanders then had 12 assists, eight digs and four kills against seventh-seeded Bement in a 25-17, 25-23 win in the finals. Lauren Taylor added six kills and Leslie Lewis had five digs for the Redskins (21-12).
ST. JOSEPH – The exploits of the previous seven seasons, when St. Joseph-Ogden averaged 27 volleyball wins a year, are a memory.
The current team will be unable to finish with an above-.500 record, but in a season which senior Cat Foreman calls "a roller-coaster ride," there have been moments where the successes of the past clearly still exist.
BISMARCK – Bismarck-Henning's fourth consecutive Vermilion County volleyball tournament title featured one athlete – Matti Nesbitt – who has been along for the entire ride.
"We were really pumped to go into the game," Nesbitt said. "We knew that Oakwood was ready for us, how they played in the semifinals, and we were just ready to go in and bring home the fourth victory in a row."
SIDELL – Bismarck-Henning truly possesses the Queens of the Ball.
Monday night concluded the annual gathering of Vermilion Valley's volleyball elite with the reign of the Blue Devils continuing.