Elverado 2-3 at Du Quoin Volleyball Tournament
Elverado's Allie Whittington and Emma Funk were named to the All-Tournament Team at Du Quoin on Saturday. (Doug Daniels Photo)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / elveradosports.com
September 1, 2018
(Du Quoin, Ill.) - Elverado won two of their five matches at Saturday's Du Quoin Invitational Volleyball Tournament, falling to Okawville in straight sets in the fifth place game to close out the long day.
The Lady Falcons suffered their second loss to Sparta this season in their tournament opener, falling 25-20, 25-19.
"We started out slow, but we fought back," said EHS head coach Donette Wheatley. "We can't let our emotions get the best of us because it turns into more errors on our part. They got all the lucky bounces off the net and those are frustrating. We didn't miss any serves which we haven't done yet. Playing with these bigger schools is only going to make us better."
Emma Funk led Elverado in kills against Sparta with 3 and Morgan Cashion led digs with 6.
The Herrin Lady Tigers beat the Falcons for their second loss of the day in the 12:00 noon matchup in what Coach Wheatley called "the worst match we've played so far."
"Our constant mistakes continued to build their confidence," Wheatley added. "We've got to keep our heads up and play some ball."
Allie Whittington, Jessica Elson and Funk each had 2 kills in the morning match with Herrin. Whittington led digs with 5.
Against Okawville in their final match of pool play, the Lady Falcons grabbed their third win of the season by defeating the Rockets 25-21, 25-20.
"We got our heads up and finally played like we should have," Wheatley said.
Whittington killed 6 for Elverado, Cashion had 7 digs. Elson and Morgan Bernardini each added 6 digs.
In bracket play, the Lady Falcons first took out Wayne City by a dominating score of 25-7, 25-15, getting 6 kills from Funk and 7 digs from Elson. Emma Yates added 8 assists.
"We played a lot of offense the first set," said Wheatley. "The second set we played a little sloppy at the beginning, but came roaring back."
Elverado finished off the tournament with a 25-16, 25-18 loss in a rematch with Okawville, then landed two players on the all-tournament team - Whittington and Funk.
"We lost our spark and quit playing with confidence and enthusiasm," Wheatley said after the final match. "We had way too many unforced errors. I wish we could have played a little bit better."
Elson had a team-best 5 kills against Okawville the second time around, Bernardini led digs with 7, and Yates led assists with 7.
The Lady Falcons entered Tuesday night's home game against Du Quoin with a record of 4-6 overall on the season.
Photos by Doug Daniels / ElveradoSports.com