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EA-WR junior Lexie Johnson sends a spike over the net in the finals against Wesclin.
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The East Alton-Wood River Oilers pose with their second place plaque in the EA-WR/Marquette Tournament.
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The Marquette Explorers pose with their third place plaque at the EA-WR/Marquette Tournament.
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Marquette senior Taylor Rook sends the ball over the net in the first round at Marquette.
WOOD RIVER — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers and the Marquette Catholic Explorers hosted the 2014 EA-WR/Marquette Tournament Saturday with the Oilers finishing second and the Explorers taking third.
The Wesclin Warriors won the championship, walking away victorious over the Oilers in the finals with a score of 25-14, 25-17.
The Oilers began their day at 8 a.m. at home Saturday by facing Bunker Hill in the first round. EA-WR advanced after two sets with a score of 25-21, 25-19.
Marquette started off in their home gymnasium facing Cahokia and made quick work of the Comanches in two sets with a score of 25-14, 25-20.
At EA-WR, Gillespie and Litchfield battled to determine who would advance in the winner's bracket to face the Oilers in round two with the Miners taking the win with a complete, best-of-three game with a score of 25-19, 19-25, 15-9. Wesclin and Lanphier clashed at Marquette in a three-game set with the Warriors coming away with the win with a score of 15-25, 25-17, 15-9.
After the first round, the Oilers were set to face Gillespie while the Explorers dueled with the Warriors. The Oilers advanced to the finals after defeating the Miners 25-19, 25-23. The Explorers fell to Wesclin in two sets for their first loss of the tournament by a score of 25-12, 25-20 and were left to battle for third place against Gillespie while the Warriors advanced to skirmish with the Oilers for first place of the tournament.
The Miners made the most of their battle with the Explorers pushing deep through two sets, but the Explorers were able to win in straight games over Gillespie to take home the third place plaque with a score of 25-22, 25-20.
Wesclin has made its mark at the annual EA-WR/Marquette Tournament, having won the last eight years in a row. The Warriors made it their ninth win after testing the Oilers in two sets and taking the championship title home with a score of 25-14, 25-17.
"I'm very proud of the girls; just making the finals is a victory in itself," EA-WR head coach Patti Scott said. "I've told my team from the beginning, I can live with a loss as long as we make them work for it. We gave up a few abnormal points on things like serves, but we're learning to be more competitive with tougher teams."
Warriors head coach Becky Musso was pleased with her team's performance throughout the tournament and happy with their continued streak.
"Usually we play the Oilers in the first round and we've put them in the other bracket," Musso said. "It's nice to see them in the finals and they played hard, definitely improved since last year. They really made us earn every point, it wasn't an easy win."
The Oilers named junior Heather Martin and senior Kari Westbrook the game MVP's, while the Warriors gave their honors to senior Ally Isenhower, junior Amanda Silva and junior Mayghen Mugele.
Wesclin's Ally Isenhower led the Warriors with five kills, three aces, four digs and eight assists while Amanda Silva had three kills and three digs.
Westbrook and Martin were named to the all-tournament team for EA-WR, while Anna Daugherty and Alyssa Herzing earned all-tournament honors for Marquette.