After a tough match on Friday afternoon against Galena, the Nashville Hornettes bounced back on Saturday taking on Champaign St. Thomas More to the limit in a three set match.
The Hornettes took the first set 25-19, but could not come out on top in the final two sets as St. Thomas More took the second set 25-15 and the third set 25-16.
Nashville fell behind early in the first set, but were able to settle down midway through to take the lead. Nashville trailed by as many as six in the set, but used the serve of Bailey Schuette to take the lead. The Hornettes took the lead for good at 18-17 and never looked back as they closed out the first set.
The Hornettes used the momentum of set one in the early part of the second set as they rushed out to a 7-4 lead. Nashville led by as many as four at 10-6, but St. Thomas More would make a run. St. Thomas More scored the next six points to take a 12-10 lead and would not trail the rest of the set as they were able to shut down the Hornettes offense on their way to a 25-15 win, forcing a deciding third set.
The third set was even as the teams traded points early. Nashville led by as many as three, but could not hold St. Thomas More down. St. Thomas More took the lead for good at 12-11. Nashville would try to close the gap, but the attack of St. Thomas More was too much for the Hornettes as Nashville would not be able to make a comeback. St. Thomas More took the third set, 25-16.
Hornettes coach Josh Konkel talked about earning the first volleyball trophy in Nashville history. “It’s a great feeling. To share it with these girls. One of the greatest teams we’ve had in Nashville, the way they came together, played together as a group. It’s something that they are going to be proud of for the rest of their lives, coming into that gym, seeing their banner, seeing their trophy. Just super proud of this group."
Bailey Melton led the Hornettes with nine kills in the match. Jenna Harris finished with five kills, followed by Hazel Konkel with four kills. Abby Grabowski led the team with 16 digs, followed by Abby Wesselmann with 14 digs.