Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Metamora Volleyball dominates Canton in 2-set win

Reagan Begole gets up and over the net to send down one of her 10 kills in Tuesday night's match against Canton. The Redbirds would go on to win in two sets.
PHOTO / MIKE ROEDELL
Metamora, Ill. - Severe t hunderstorm warnings and watches were going on outside, but that wasn't going to stop a Tuesday night volleyball match between the Metamora Redbirds (7-11) (3-4) and the Canton Lady Giants (5-15) (0-7).

The Redbirds got out to a pretty comfortable lead, with Reagan Begole once again leading the charge. A play on which she seemingly came out of nowhere from the back to the front row resulted in one of her 10 kills on the night, and put Metamora ahead 7-3 early.

Then, it was Begole's teammate on the basketball court, Alivia West, making contributions to eventually force a Canton timeout in the first set, with the Redbirds leading 15-7. With Canton having seven points, Begole (5) and West (3) had combined for eight kills to that point.

The visiting Lady Giants would do their best to even things up the remainder of the set, with Metamora only out-scoring them 10-8, but the Redbirds were already too far ahead, and took the opening set, 25-15.

When it came time for the second set, Canton wanted to make sure that if they were to keep this close, that it wouldn't be as delayed as it was in the first set. That's exactly what they were able to do. In fact, after a Lady Giant timeout with the Redbirds leading 11-4, they quickly rebounded and pulled within 17-10 of Metamora, forcing Redbirds Head Coach Tara Ballard to use her first called timeout of the match.

But the Canton Lady Giants just couldn't get a grasp on this set, and thus, the match. Metamora would go on an 8-5 run to wrap up the match, and Metamora would walk away with a two-set sweep and their third conference victory of the 2018 season.

The Redbirds will play host to the East Peoria Raiders on Thursday at approximately 7:00 pm.

Canton Lady Giants | Statistical Leaders
Kills | Cassidy Locke (5)
Assists | Gillian DeFrain (5)
Blocks | Gillian DeFrain (3)
Digs | Madison Strantz & Lorna Eaton (3 each)
Aces | Gillian DeFrain (2)

METAMORA REDBIRDS | Statistical Leaders
Kills | Reagan Begole (10)
Assists | Katie Devitt (13)
Blocks | Olivia Alread (2)
Digs | Reagan Begole (8)
Aces | Haylee Davis (3)

Sophomore Match | 2-0 Metamora (25-4, 25-10)
Freshmen Match | 2-0 Metamora (25-18, 25-23)

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