Hornettes move on to sectional championship

Nashville gained momentum and never looked back, rolling over the Hamilton County Lady Foxes in two sets, 25-13, 25-9 to advance to the sectional championship game.

The first set saw both Hamilton County and Nashville swap leads as each side matched both service points and kills early on.

Junior Daci Finke scored nine of her 12 total service points in a rally to propel the Hornettes to victory. Emily Schnitker had nine service points.

Senior Hazel Konkel tacked on 10 kills and has hammered double-digit attacks each of the Nashville’s postseason game. Reese Varel and Talanie Kozuszek both had seven.

Head Coach Konkel credited the all-around effort by the team to get that victory. He told WNSV that from the back row passing to attacking, the Hornettes proved they were ready to play.

“it was a real nice job,” Head Coach Josh Konkel said. “I think all the girls played really well. I thought we served very aggressively.”

Coach Josh Konkel was celebrated that night for his 400th win. He was given a signed volleyball to commemorate the occasion.

“A lot of girls and quality players have come through that program,” Konkel said. “It’s not me. It’s the girls and the way they play. I can kind of teach them a little bit. I can show them a few things. And I wouldn’t get those without the coaching staff I had… It’s a group effort, and the girls put it all together for us. Lot of memories, lot of good girls, lot of quality girls come through the Nashville program to get that 400.”

Nashville now faces up against Carterville on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Johnston City. The Lady Lions (33-5) beat Carmi-White County 25-19, 25-14 on Monday.

The Hornettes have faced the Lions three times this season, winning 2-1.

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