OILERS, SHELLS TAKE COURT AT ROXANA TOURNAMENT — The Roxana Tournament began Monday with pool play.
The Roxana Shells went 2-0, while the East Alton-Wood River Oilers were 2-1 on the first day of play. The Jersey Panthers were the most successful team in Pool A, going 3-0 on Day 1.
The host Shells took down Madison 25-9, 25-11, but then had a little harder time with Bunker Hill, winning in three sets, 21-25, 25-16, 15-6.
Taylor Westfall produced six kills to lead the way vs. the Trojans, while Taylor Jackson chipped in with five. Niah Bevolo dished out eight assists and Braeden Lackey had a whopping 13 aces in the win.
Against the Minutemaids, Kara Meyer directed the offense with 11 kills, while Westfall produced six again. Bevolo had 15 assists to stir the hitters.
EA-WR drew Jersey to start the tournament and had a good start against the Panthers. The Oilers won the first set 25-19, but then lost 25-18, 15-9 in the final two games to suffer the loss.
EA-WR rebounded though, topping Madison 25-19, 25-13 and Bunker Hill 25-23, 25-18.
Other games on Monday saw the Panthers pummel Madison 25-7, 25-9 and defeat the Minutemaids 25-12, 25-20.
Play resumes today in Pool B. Calhoun, Dupo, Mount Olive, Marquette Catholic and Gillespie comprise Pool B. The Explorers battle talented Calhoun at 6 p.m. in the small gym before facing Mount Olive at 7 p.m. and Gillespie at 8 p.m., both in Larry Milazzo Gymnasium.
The tournament will conclude on Saturday. Roxana will play Jersey at 8:30 a.m. and EA-WR at 10:30 a.m., while Marquette sees Dupo at 8:30 a.m. Once pool play is finished, bracket play will begin to determine placements.
ALTON FALLS IN OPENER TO COLUMBIA — The Alton Redbirds welcomed the Columbia Eagles to open the season on Monday at AHS. Unfortunately the results weren't flattering for the Birds.
Alton fell to the Eagles in straight sets, 25-15, 29-27.
Jada Green steered the hitters for AHS with six kills. Savannah Fisher complemented her in the offense with five kills. Sydney Schmidt set up the offense with seven assists, while Green Fisher and Annie Evans each produced two blocks and Evans supplied four service points.
Next up for the Redbirds is a match at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Metro East Lutheran.
MARQUETTE TOPS RIVAL ALTON — The Marquette Catholic Explorers and Alton Redbirds squared off at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course on Monday and the Explorers were able to earn city bragging rights.
Marquette shot a 182 to top Alton's 219 in the team scores. Brittany Barta of the Explorers was the medalist, carding a 41.
Barta was joined in scoring by Ellie Kane (43), Carlee Cronin (49) and Lauren Walsh (49).
Alton's scoring came from: Annie Maynard (53), Jenna Fleming (54), Addison Gregory (55) and Morgan Bemis (57).
GRANITE CITY OUTSHOOTS ROXANA AND LITCHFIELD AT BELK — The Roxana Shells played host to the Granite City Warriors and Litchfield Purple Panthers on Monday, with the Warriors garnering gold.
Granite City carded a 186 to outdistance Roxana (204) and Litchfield (238). The medalist for the triangular was Andrea Mellenthin of the Shells with a 42.
CM OUTDISTANCES ROXANA AND EA-WR — The Civic Memorial Eagles played host to a triangular on Monday at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course in Alton and pulled out wins over Roxana and East Alton-Wood River.
The Eagles fired a 184 to outdistance Roxana's 211 and EA-WR's 215. It was the first dual action of the season for the three programs.
CM's Alec Hilliard secured medalist honors by carding a 41. He was joined in the scoring by fellow Eagles: Chase Spanhook (43), Tristen Frank (47) and Parker Calvin (53).
The Shells were paced by Zach Carlisle's 42. He was joined in the scoring by: Scott Anderson (52), Brandon Kelly (56) and Justin Dearduff (61).
Drew Sobol directed the Oilers with a 43. Other EA-WR scorers were: Brendon Allen (51), Hunter O'Brien (58) and Josh Clark (63).
MARQUETTE GETS BLANKED BY COLLINSVILLE IN OPENER — In a chippy contest, the Collinsville Kahoks blanked the Marquette Catholic Explorers 5-0 in Collinsville Monday to open the season.
The game featured 22 fouls, 10 for the Explorers and 12 for the Kahoks. Zach Weinman garnered a yellow card for Marquette in the loss, while Collinsville was issued two yellow cards.
The Kahoks led 1-0 at the break, but erupted for five second-half goals. Eric Tejada paced Collinsville with two goals in the win.
Marquette goalie Brandon Sanfilippo picked up 10 saves in the loss. The Explorers only mustered five shots on goal vs. the Kahoks.
Marquette returns to action on Friday and Saturday in the Effingham St. Anthony's Tournament. It's home opener is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 1 against Lebanon.