Northen, Spartans get revenge at PBL Classic

Northen, Spartans get revenge at PBL Classic

PAXTON – A year after being swept out of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Volleyball Classic, St. Joseph-Ogden won five matches to take the title of the eight-team event Saturday.

Andrea Northen had 11 kills as the Spartans beat St. Thomas More (16-5) 25-20, 26-24 in the championship match.

Rachael Graham added 14 digs and Erin Bensyl had nine blocks for SJ-O (13-4).

"After being here last year and losing all three matches, the kids really wanted to have some success here this time," SJ-O coach Abby McDonald said. "To finally make it to a championship game, which we haven't done in a tournament yet this year, they just played with a lot of heart and aggression."

Both sets were back-and-forth until the Spartans went on small runs to end each one.

SJ-O closed out Set 1 with a 5-0 run, then finished off the Sabers with the final two points after giving up a 24-22 lead.

"We talked about just being consistent," McDonald said. "If you get down a couple of points or the other team makes a run, then you need to work as a team to build it back up."

Jenna Einck and Emilee Kunas each had five kills for STM.

Third-place match. LaKimya Wade had five kills and two blocks in Rantoul's 25-15, 18-25, 15-12 win against Ridgeview.

Consolation championship. Jessica Smith had 15 digs and Samantha Moore added nine assists as Clinton beat the host Panthers 25-19, 26-24.

Taylor Rubarts led PBL with eight digs and four kills.

Categories (3):Prep Sports, Volleyball, Sports
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