GRANITE CITY — The Civic Memorial Eagles had a chance to win a second-place trophy at the Granite City Fall Classic on Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium.
All they needed to do was to win the second game against the Red Bud Musketeers in their final match of the five-team tournament. Civic Memorial won the first game 26-24.
But the Eagles came up short, losing 25-21 to finish in a tie with the Musketeers. All teams in the Granite City tournament played five two-game matches.
Civic Memorial finished in a third-place tie with the Southwestern Piasa Birds at 0-1-3. The Eagles also finished with ties against Southwestern and Granite City and lost to Highland.
Red Bud finished second with a 1-1-2 mark. Had Civic Memorial won the second game against the Musketeers, it could have finished second with a 1-1-2 mark and earned a trophy. The top two teams in the Granite City tournament receive trophies.
The host Warriors finished fifth with an 0-2-2 mark. Granite City lost its first two matches to Red Bud and Highland before coming back to finish with ties against Civic Memorial and Southwestern in the final two matches.
Highland cruised to the tournament title with a 4-0 mark. The Bulldogs won all of their matches in two games.
"They're just so tough to handle," Granite City coach Ginger Harrison said.
Highland senior Hayley McSparin was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Sydney Marshall of Civic Memorial, Ciara Yon of Granite City, Sydney Schweizer of Red Bud, Madison Greeling of Southwestern and Alex LaPorta made up the all-tournament team.
Harrison said she was happy that Yon earned all-tournament honors.
"She served extremely well today and came up with some plays that she normally usually doesn't (make)," the Granite City coach said. "She's been working hard in cleaning up her passing and reacting to the ball quicker and better."
The Eagles started tournament play with a two-game loss to Highland. Civic Memorial lost to the Bulldogs in two games in its Mississippi Valley Conference opener on Sept. 15 in Bethalto.
Against Granite City, the Eagles lost the first game 25-23 before winning the second 25-11. Two weeks ago, Civic Memorial came from behind to beat the Warriors in three games at Memorial Gymnasium.
Against Southwestern, Civic Memorial won the first game 25-17, but lost the second 27-25.
Civic Memorial is 7-5-3 after winning its first five matches. The Eagles already have surpassed their win total of six from last year. They'll play Triad in a MVC home match on Tuesday.
Red Bud's only victory was against the Warriors. The Musketeers beat the Warriors 25-20, 25-12.
"In the very first rally, we went back and forth about nine times before we scored and we won that rally," Harrison said. "We played them really well. We were really pleased the whole game."
The Warriors lost to Highland 25-13, 25-6 in the second match, making it the second time this season Granite City lost to the Bulldogs. The Warriors lost to Highland in their season opener on Sept. 3.
Harrison said she was pleased with her team's effort against Civic Memorial.
"We got a little pep into us and a little fire," she said. "We played CM much better."
Against Southwestern, the Warriors lost the first game 25-11, but won the second 25-14. Granite City lost to the Piasa Birds in two games in the Alton Redbird Classic on Sept. 4.
The Warriors are 2-11-2. They have back-to-back Southwestern Conference road matches against O'Fallon and Belleville West on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
GRANITE CITY FALL CLASSIC RESULTS
Highland 25-25, Civic Memorial 10-11
Highland 25-25, Granite City 13-6
Highland 25-25, Southwestern 10-9
Highland 25-25, Red Bud 21-17
Red Bud 25-25, Granite City 20-12
Civic Memorial 23-25, Granite City 25-11
Civic Memorial 25-25, Southwestern 17-27
Civic Memorial 26-21, Red Bud 24-25
Southwestern 26-23, Red Bud 24-25
Granite City 11-25, Southwestern 25-14