BUFFALO — Sherman High School (22-15) and Van Junior-Senior High School (7-22) traveled to Buffalo last week to take part in three days of their volleyball sectionals tournament.
The double elimination tournament allowed teams that had dropped out of the main bracket to compete with other teams for the chance to take on the winner of the winner’s bracket.
Sherman started off the tournament right against Hannan Senior/Middle School (1-10), sweeping them 3-0. Van suffered a 3-0 loss to the 15-24-1 Tolsia Lady Rebels and moved down a bracket, where they were set to face Hannan.
The Lady Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead against their opponents, though Hannan earned a point in the third set. Van finally put the match away with a 25-15 victory in set four to move on 3-1.
Meanwhile, Sherman took on Tolsia, who were a tough matchup for the Lady Tide in the regular schedule. In their first of two matches, back in September, the Seth side took a hard-fought 3-2 win.
However, they lost at home to the Lady Rebels in another 3-2 battle to split their record.
Sherman managed to take all three sets, managing two comebacks and a dominant third set to sweep their opponents in incredible fashion and to take on the powerhouse Buffalo Lady Bison (30-10-4) on Wednesday night. Buffalo proved to be every bit as challenging as they seemed, sending Sherman down a bracket 3-0, though Sherman fought hard against them.
On Thursday, Sherman faced Tolsia one last time and triumphed with a 3-1 final score. Unfortunately, they were not quite able to secure a set against Buffalo on their second try, and finished behind the Lady Bison.
However, their efforts were enough to grant them a spot in the regional tournament in Ravenswood, where they played their first match against Wirt County (31-4-4) on Saturday.
Sherman coach Terri Dawn Williams was proud of what her girls have achieved.
“This group of seniors is the only group who has made it to the regionals 3 out of 4 years,” Williams says. “That’s quite an accomplishment. We have worked hard to get to this point. This group has grown so much.”
The team’s four seniors, Anna Halstead, Autumn Thompson, Kaylea Whitehead, and Reagan Buzzard, all have played an important part on the team. Van’s seniors include Abigail Sampson, Delaney Maynor, Karlie LaFauci, Skylar Gagnon, Kensley White, LaChrista Cregger, and Sydney Brown.
The Coal Valley News will provide updates on regional and state tournaments.