GCMS volleyball lost 25-21, 25-16 to Salt Fork


GCMS’s Aubrey Williams spikes the ball during Monday’s varsity match against Salt Fork.

GIBSON CITY – The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley varsity volleyball team lost 25-21, 25-16 to Salt Fork.

The Falcons (3-13) started the first set on a 7-2 run as a block and a kill by Natalie DeSchepper and a block by Savannah Shumate helped the run. Shumate recorded a kill to make the score 8-5.

“I think we came out really strong and started the first match solid,” GCMS head coach Crystal Richard said.

Salt Fork entered Monday’s match with a record of 13-2.

“It was a chance to see where we compare,” Richard said.

The Storm tied the set at 8-8 before GCMS reclaimed the lead at 10-8. Salt Fork took the lead at 12-11 before Korah Palumbo recorded a kill to tie the set at 12-12 before Sophia Ray tallied a kill to give the Falcons the lead at 13-12.

The Falcons extended the lead to 14-12 before Salt Fork scored three straight points to reclaim the lead at 15-14.

Aubree Williams tied the set with a kill before GCMS reclaimed the lead at 16-15. From there, Salt Fork scored five straight points to claim a 20-16 lead it would not surrender despite a block by Shumate that made it 21-18 and a couple of kills by Williams that helped the Falcons cut a 23-18 deficit to 23 – 21.

From there, Salt Fork scored the final two points to claim the set-one victory as a couple of GCMS players had to leave the match due to illness and injury.

“I think that put us into a bit of a downhill slide,” Richard said

Salt Fork claimed a 5-0 lead before kills by Palumbo and DeSchepper made the score 5-1 and 6-4, respectively. Shumate tallied a kill to make it 8-5 before kills by Rilynn Cuppernell made it 11-8 and 13-9.

A kill by DeSchepper made it 17-11 before Shumate recorded a block to make it 23-14 and Bailey Fitzpatrick tallied an ace to cut GCMS’s deficit to 23-15.

DeSchepper finished with three kills, one block and 12 digs while Shumate had two kills and two blocks, Ray had two assists, two kills and two digs, Rylee Stephens had five assists and three digs, Madison McCreary had 18 digs, Williams had three kills and four digs, Reagan Tompkins had one kill and one block, Palumbo had two kills and five digs, Lilly Lahr had four digs, Kendyl Wright had one kill, Bailey Fitzpatrick had three assists and one ace and Cuppernell had two kills.

After the match, Richard said there would need to be some adjustments made before her Falcons played at Tremont on Tuesday.

“We’ll just be looking ahead one step in front of the other,” Richard said.

During Monday’s match, a fundraiser was held for three GCMS school district students facing childhood cancer.

The fundraiser included a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, a keychain sale and the opportunity for kids to serve the ball over the net in between sets.

“That was a positive. Maybe that’s something we’ll do again in the future,” Richard said.

Junior varsity

The GCMS junior varsity team won 25-23, 25-13 over Salt Fork.

Ava Lage had five kills while Brooklyn Holladay had four kills and Sophia Ray had three kills. Bailey Fitzpatrick had 10 assists and eight digs while Kyra Kietzman had 10 digs and Chloe Tjarks had five digs.

Ray and Kietzman each had three aces while Hadley Doman and Tjarks each had two aces and Ray and Abby Brown each had one block.

VARSITY

Salt Fork def. GCMS 25-21, 25-16

That Gibson City

For GCMS (3-13), Natalie DeSchepper (3 kills, 1 block, 12 digs), Savannah Shumate (2 kills, 2 blocks), Sophia Ray (2 assists, 2 kills, 2 digs), Rylee Stephens (5 assists, 3 digs), Madison McCreary (18 digs), Aubrey Williams (3 kills, 4 digs), Reagan Tompkins (1 kill, 1 block), Korah Palumbo (2 kills, 5 digs), Lilly Lahr (4 digs), Kendyl Wright (1 kill), Bailey Fitzpatrick (3 assists, 1 ace), Rilynn Cuppernell (2 kills).

JUNIOR VARSITY

GCMS def. Salt Fork 25-23, 25-13

That Gibson City

For GCMS, kills: Ava Lage 5, Brooklyn Holladay 4, Sophia Ray 3; assists: Bailey Fitzpatrick 10; digs: Kyra Kietzman 10, Fitzpatrick 8, Chloe Tjarks 5; aces: Kietzman 3, Ray 3, Hadley Doman 2, Tjarks 2; service points: Kietzman 12, Doman 6; blocks: Abby Brown 1, Ray 1.

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