MARSHALL — An electric volleyball playoff atmosphere was seen in Marshall on Thursday night as the IHSA Class 2A Marshall Regional title was on the line as the fourth seed Tri-County Titans faced the top seed Teutopolis Wooden Shoes.
Trti-County entered the game on a roll with in a 16 match win streak. Their last loss was on September 15 against Newton TCT advanced to the regional final after a two-set sweep of Robinson on Tuesday night.
The Wooden Shoes entered the game on a streak of their own, winning 16 of their last 18 matches .
The Lady Wooden Shoes advanced to the championship match by defeating Cumberland on Tuesday night in straight sets.
After T-Town got off to an early 5-3 lead in set one, Tri-County then went on a 10-1 run to take a 13-6 lead forcing the Shoes to take a time out. After the time out, T-Town went on an 8-0 run of their own to tie the match all square at 13-13. The teams then went back and forth trading points until the Shoes closed out the set on a 4-0 run to take the opening stanza 25-21.
Set two saw that momentum continue for the Shoes jumping out to a quick 7-3 lead looking to pull away. The Titans with their never say die attitude went on a mini 3-0 run to cut the deficit to 7-6. However, the Shoes front line, which consisted of players going 6’, 1”, 6’ 1”, and 6’ 0’ in height started to dominate the net as T-Town went on a 10-4 run to take an 18-10 lead. After a mini 3-0 by the Titans, the Shoes closed out their performance with a 6-3 run to win 25-16 to sweep the match and advance to the round of 32.
Grace Burnside and Kaylenn Hunt finished with seven kills each with Hunt adding three blocks. Cailynne Phillips had three kills and two blocks while Julia Roberston had three digs. Maiya Eskew had four digs and Morgan Houia had 17 assists.
The Titans finish the 2018 season at 23-5 overall and 5-0 in the LOVC Southeast Division.