The St. James volleyball team wrapped up regular season action by taking part in the Linn Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 13, before hosting St. Clair for Senior Night on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The Lady Tigers only dropped one set on their way to a tournament victory at Linn. before a tough two set loss to St. Clair on Tuesday.
The Lady Tigers got out to an excellent start in the Linn Tournament, cruising to a 25-7, 25-5 win over Confluence Academy. They were just as dominant in their second game, as they dropped Bourbon in two sets 25-11, 25-16.
The final two matches for St. James came against the host school, as the Lady Tigers finished pool play against Linn, before playing them for the championship game. St. James started with a 25-18 win in their first set, but needed a few extra points to pull out the sweep. Linn gave the Lady Tigers a run for their money, but a strong finish gave St. James a 27-25 win and a sweep. Linn continued to give St. James fits in their second meeting. Linn took the first set 20-25, before St. James managed to grind out back to back wins. The Lady Tigers won the second set 25-21, before a 25-19 win to seal the tournament victory.
Mackenna Rodgers led the charge for St. James in assists and aces, racking up 56 assists in the four game tournament, while serving 19 aces. She added seven kills, 23 digs and an assisted block. Hannah Marcee and Makayla Case tied for the team lead in kills with 20. Marcee added seven aces, 13 digs and 4.5 blocks. Case chipped in with two aces, 19 digs, an assist and a block. Courtney Cale added another eight aces, six kills and 23 digs. Camille Bullock led the team in digs with 26, while adding seven aces, seven kills and three blocks. Katlyn Branstetter added another nine aces, six kills, 19 digs and an assist.
The Lady Tigers then hosted St. Clair for Senior Night on Tuesday. After honoring seniors Raina Forstrom, Branstetter and Cale, St. James got out to a strong start against the Lady Bulldogs. The two teams matched each other point for point early in the first set, but St. Clair started to pull away late on their way to a 25-17 win. St. Clair went on to win the second set 25-16 to sweep the match. In the JV matches, St. James won the opening set 26-24, before dropping the next two 25-15, 25-15.
"We had some great plays, and kept up our intensity, but overall we just couldn't handle St. Clair's offensive power," said head coach Julie Guese on the win.
Rodgers led the team in assists with 10 in the game, while adding four kills and four digs. Marcee led the team in hitting with six kills, five digs and two aces. Caily Sanders chipped in another six assists and four digs, Case added a piar of kills, while Bullock and Shelby Marcee each had a kill. Each of the Marcees each had a block.
St. James is off until they open Districts on Monday when they face off against Union at Union. The winner of that game will face off against Sullivan in semis the following night.