The Paris Lady Tiger volleyball team will face off Thursday with the Newtown Lady Eagles to determine the 2018 Little Illini Conference volleyball championship.
The Lady Tigers are perfect in Little Illini Conference play, posting a stellar 7-0 record. The Lady Tigers are nearing the end of their season, with just three games remaining.
“We are really excited about this week,” Coach Christy Pinkston said. “We play some good teams and have our senior night Wednesday.”
Most recently, on Thursday night (10/11) Paris took on LIC opponent Robinson. The Lady Tigers defeated the Maroons in a 2-0 sweep. Paris took over from the beginning, jumping out to an early lead in their 25-17 victory in the first set. They went on to dominate the second set as well, winning 25-13. Emma Pinkston had 12 kills while hitting an impressive .435 throughout the match. Brooklyn Westerfield led the team with 10 digs. Payton Block managed 21 assists for Paris. The win kept the Lady Tigers perfect in conference play.
The Lady Tigers dropped a three-set match on Tuesday (10/9) as they traveled to Tuscola. Tuscola, who has posted an undefeated record at home, proved their grit as Paris lost in three sets 25-13, 25-21 and 25-16. Emma Pinkston and Lizzie Rouse led the team in kills with eight apiece on the evening. Junior Katrina Strow dug up 10 balls through the match. Sophomore Payton Block poured in 18 assists in the game as well. Block has been an important part of the Lady Tigers offense this season.
“Payton has been really good for us this year,” Pinkston said. “She has provided a lot for us and been consistent and that has helped everyone else in the lineup to play well.”
On Monday (10/15) Paris will host Cayuga. On Wednesday (10/17) Paris will host Danville for the Lady Tigers senior night. On Thursday (10/18), Paris travels to Newton where they will wrap up their regular season.
Newton, who is the only other team to have remained perfect in the LIC, will prove to be the toughest test yet for the Lady Tigers.
Newton boasts the conference leaders in assists and digs and a top-three leader in kills. Though the toughest opponent they may have played all year, Pinkston is not concerned with changing things this late in the season.
“We aren’t going to change a lot, we just need to focus on the task at hand,” Pinkston said “We just have to stay motivated and go out and play Paris volleyball.”