Hornettes remain undefeated, take first in SIRR preview tournament

The Nashville Hornettes volleyball team stayed impressive during the first week of play, knocking off two opponents and taking home the top prize from the conference preview tournament.

Nashville (6-0) opened its season against Wesclin, winning in two matches (25-15, 25-13). Senior Hazel Konkel had 9 kills in the game, while senior Kirsten Twenhafel and 7 junior Reese Valerie had 6. Senior Emily Schnitker and Junior Valerie Combs each had an ace.

The first home game was against county rival Okawville. Varel had 7 kills while Konkel added 6. Schnitker tallied 14 service points during the game.

The Hornettes capped off its weekend with the SIRR Preview Volleyball tournament in Carterville. The all-day, nine-hour volleyball series split 11 teams into three pools. Nashville exited its pool play wit a 2-0 record, defeating Benton (25-9, 25-11, 25-18) and Massac County (25-14, 25-23, 25-13) in three sets.

The morning qualified the Hornettes to advance. Nashville took on host Carterville that ended its series with a 3-0 record, and the team would remain victorious, shining over the Lions (25-13, 26-24).

The championship game against rival Pinckneyville went on to three sets but once the Hornettes took advantage of a 9-1 lead and never looked back. Hazel Konkel had a total of 11 kills.

Coach Josh Konkel told The Southern: “We showed that the Mississippi side of the River-to-River this year is going to be a dog fight every single night.”

Nashville’s Hazel Konkel and Emily Schnitker made the SIRR Preview All-Tournament Team.

Stats were provided by MaxPreps.

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