Volleyball

Volleyball

Sabers fall short in their bid to repeat as state champions

NORMAL — Deja vu washed over St. Thomas More volleyball in two waves Friday afternoon.

The first arrived when the Sabers dropped the opening set of their Class 2A state semifinal match with Pleasant Plains at Redbird Arena. The outcome mimicked STM's start to last year's state championship match, in which it fell behind Quincy Notre Dame after a game.

St. Thomas More vs. Pleasant Plains volleyball highlights

Video highlights from a Class 2A volleyball state semifinal between St. Thomas More and Pleasant Plains on Friday, Nov. 9, at Normal's Redbird Arena.

HS Volleyball: STM at IHSA 2A State Semifinal

St. Thomas More plays against Pleasant Plains during an IHSA Class 2A State semifinal match at Redbird Arena Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, on the Illinois State University campus in Normal.

STM volleyball falls short in state semifinal match

NORMAL — Deja vu washed over St. Thomas More volleyball in two waves Friday afternoon.

The first arrived as the Sabers dropped the opening set of their Class 2A state semifinal bout with Pleasant Plains at Redbird Arena. The outcome mimicked STM’s start to last year’s championship match, in which it fell behind Quincy Notre Dame after a game.

Class 2A state volleyball: capsule glances

Fearsome four

A quartet of teams remain in the fight for a Class 2A state volleyball championship, with semifinal bouts taking place today at Normal's Redbird Arena. A closer look at each qualifier:

FIRST SEMIFINAL: St. Thomas More Sabers (36-4) vs. Pleasant Plains Cardinals (32-6), noon today

DeLorenzo serves key role for STM volleyball

CHAMPAIGN — Teagan DeLorenzo was part of a surge this time last year.

As a junior with the St. Thomas More volleyball program, her class accounted for seven of 15 team members on the eventual state-champion Sabers.

Flash forward, and just three of those athletes remain with coach Stan Bergman's squad.

Signing Day 2018-19: Locals heading to college

Photos from local high school athletes during the 2018-19 school year signing with their various colleges to continue athletic careers. Submit your photo at clikas@news-gazette.com.

Area volleyball leaders: Nov. 7, 2018

KILLS

(Minimum 2.00 average)

Player, School Kills Avg.

Taylor Powell, ALAH 413 5.10

Katelyn Young, Oakwood 235 5.00

Raeanne Allen, D-W 325 4.85

Kennedy Bauer, Watseka 350 4.73

Sarah Porter, A-P 372 4.54

Emily Meidel, BHRA 285 4.52

Savannah Matthews, M-S 338 4.33

Grace Burnside, Tri-County 270 4.29

St. Thomas More vs. Seneca volleyball highlights

Video highlights from the Class 2A Watseka Super-Sectional volleyball match between St. Thomas More and Seneca on Nov. 2, 2018, with postmatch reaction from Sabers coach Stan Bergman and athlete Allie Trame, as well as Irish coach Noah Champene.

Tears of joy for Sabers, Trame

WATSEKA — Tears spilled from Allie Trame's eyes following Friday night's Class 2A Watseka Super-Sectional volleyball match against Seneca.

They didn't drip after a St. Thomas More loss.

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