Monday, May 29, 2023

Vienna, Goreville volleyballers battle it out for cancer awareness

By Mike McGinnis

The Vienna High School volleyball team hosted Goreville in the annual “pink out” match for cancer awareness last Monday night. Goreville defeated the Lady Eagles in three sets, 25-19, 23-25, 25-22.

In the opening game, Vienna combined some Goreville miscues with two aces by Carley Childress and kills by Maranda Chance and Montana Craig to build a 14-4 lead. Goreville rallied to tie it at 18-18, then outscored the Lady Eagles 7-1 the rest of the way for the win.

In the second game, it was Vienna’s turn to come back. The Lady Cats had an 11-6 lead before Vienna evened it up at 15-15. Goreville opened up a 23-20 lead, but the Lady Eagles ended the game with a 5-0 run to win the set.

Goreville was ahead in the third game until the Lady Eagles took an 18-17 lead on a kill by Craig. Goreville then went on a 7-1 run to regain the lead at 24-21, and they held on for the victory.

In the JV match, Vienna defeated Goreville in two sets, 25-15, 25-13.

On Tuesday of last week, the Lady Eagles lost to visiting Crab Orchard in three sets, 25-21, 19-25, 19-25.

In the first game, Vienna scored five straight points to take a 10-5 lead. From there, the Lady Trojans came back to tie it at 11-11, then went on to take a 17-15 lead. Two consecutive kills by Carley Childress tied it up again at 17-17. With the Lady Eagles holding a 22-21 advantage, Alice Ann Kotter served up an ace putting Vienna ahead by two (23-21) and they held on the rest of the way for the win.

Vienna trailed 11-3 in the second game before they battled back to narrow the gap to 13-10. Crab Orchard then outscored Vienna 7-3, pushing their lead to 20-13. The Lady Eagles again rallied with a kill and an ace by Childress, a kill by Kotter, and another ace by Childress to get within 20-17, but they could get no closer.

The Lady Eagles fell behind 18-9 in the third game. They were able to trim Crab Orchard’s lead to 21-18 on a kill by Montana Craig before the Lady Trojans ended the game with a 4-1 run to win the match.

Up next for Vienna: Thursday at Galatia at 6:00 p.m.; Saturday at Massac County tournament at 9:00 a.m.; next Tuesday at Johnston City at 6:15 p.m.