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Notre Dame opens season with a quick sweep of Festus

Wednesday, September 3, 2003

Sommer McCauley had nine assists, six kills and eight service aces to help Notre Dame's volleyball team edge visiting Festus 26-24, 26-24 Tuesday.

The game marked the season opener and the start of rally scoring, which was adopted by the Missouri High School Activities Association in the offseason. With rally scoring, points can be gained on the opponent's serve.

Junior Laura Browne led the Bulldogs in kills with nine and Emily Buehrle added six in Tuesday's first meeting between the two schools.

Notre Dame's junior varsity won 25-22, 23-25, 25-14. The Bulldogs' freshmen lost 25-19, 24-26, 25-18.

Jackson 25-18-25, St. Vincent 16-25-13

Jackson needed three games to defeat visiting St. Vincent in its season opener.

Jennifer Ferrell had a big day serving for Jackson with four aces and 13 service points. Molly Hartmann had seven digs and four kills. Linden Hahs added seven digs, Katie Loos had nine assists and Shay Priesterhad five blocks.

Alaina Ernst had 32 assists for St. Vincent, and Sierra Paulus added four kills.

St. Vincent's JV defeated Jackson's freshmen 25-18, 25-8.

Woodland Tournament

Defending Class 1 state champion Leopold started its season with a 19-6, 19-14 win over Oak Ridge in the first round of the Woodland Tournament.

Leopold, the No. 2 seed, got 10 assists and two blocks from Wendy Vandeven. Tasha Thele added seven kills, Amber Nenninger had four kills and Toni Eftink had four blocks.

Top seed Bell City downed Jackson's junior varsity team 19-5, 19-9.

Saxony Lutheran 25-22-25, Christ Lutheran 8-25-21

Saxony Lutheran's JV wrapped up the program's first game with a win over its Evansville, Ind., opponent.

Cross country

Saxony Lutheran competed in its first cross country meet and came away with its first win.

Saxony finished with 30 points, ahead of Illinois teams Anna-Jonesboro and Chester. Saxony's Trey Maevers won the meet in 18:53, and Kory Mueller finished second in 19:03. Saxony's Peter Winningham (20:33), Grand Lehmann (20:34) and Brandon Etzold (20:40) finished eighth through 10th respectively.

--From staff reports


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