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Roxana's Bailey McGuire dives for a dig Tuesday at Roxana vs. Bunker Hill.
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Erica Sheets blocks two Bunker Hill players at the net for the Shells Tuesday.
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Maddy Sheraka puts up a block on Bunker Hill's Anna Howard on Tuesday at Roxana.
ROXANA-The Roxana Shells grabbed a best-of-three win over the Bunker Hill Minutemaids on Tuesday with a score of 25-21, 20-25, 25-18.
The Shells and the Minutemaids met previously this season in the first round of the Sixth Annual Roxana Tournament to kick off the season with the Shells walking away with the victory and advancing on in the gold bracket. Roxana finished second to Calhoun, while Bunker Hill finished in sixth place.
With the win Roxana improved to 5-2, while the Minutemaids slipped to 1-3 with the loss.
The Shells and Minutemaids kept an even playing field through Game 1 with Roxana taking control late for the win 25-21. Game 2 brought about a revived energy for Bunker Hill as it nabbed a quick lead over the Shells and battled cleanly to bring the match to a tie with a score of 25-20.
Roxana fell behind early in the third game, but rallied back with seniors Deb Bethel and Kara Meyer along with sophomore Niah Bevolo. The Shells earned the winning point off an awkward serve from Bunker Hill to end the set at 25-18.
Roxana junior Meyer led the Shells with 11 kills with Erica Sheets following up with nine kills and three blocks. Bailey McGuire had eight kills and Maddy Sheraka contributed seven kills. Bethel paced the offense with 19 assists, while Bevolo had 11 assists.
Bunker Hill senior Taylor Oxford put up 15 service points with five aces for the Minutemaids while sophomore Cassidy Taylor added 19 assists. Meghan Wolff let the team with 19 digs and Sdyney Schwegel led with seven kills.
"We really wanted to get the win," Bunker Hill coach Sara Burnet said. "We haven't won against this team yet."
Changes to the Roxana line-up due to an injury to sophomore Taylor Westfall has forced the Shells to make some adjustments.
"Taylor has suffered a stress fracture in her left leg," Roxana head coach Mike McKinney said. "We're fortunate it's not a full break and we expect her to return in a couple weeks as long as everything goes as planned. Our team has really stepped it up and is trying to play as a unit on the court."
The Minutemaids will participate in the East Alton-Wood River Tournament on Saturday and will be making some major adjustments of their own.
"We play at Wood River this weekend, but we'll be missing a couple of key players," Burnet said. "We have both of our starting outside hitters taking the ACT's and will be missing the match, but it's also a good opportunity to watch some of our conference teams and see what they're about."
The Shells will be playing in the Alton Tournament this weekend and hope to add another piece of hardware to the trophy case at Roxana High School.