PANA JUNIOR HIGH School hosted an eighth grade volleyball tournament on Saturday, Jan. 26, and won the tournament with a 3-0 record.
Members of the team are, in front from left, Madison Cloe, Colleen Weddle, Daylee Denton, Jenna Dudra, Mariah Neal and Brooklyn Thompson.
In back are Claire Henschen, Brooklyn Jewsbury, Madyson Butkauskas, Claudia Magnussen, Abby Kuhn, Sydney Maton and Coach Carrie Beyers.
With a strong showing, the eighth grade Pana Junior High School won their own Pana Invitational Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 26, with a 3-0 record. None of Pana’s matches went to three games.
Pana breezed through its pool play with two wins. They knocked off Cowden-Herrick, 25-11, 25-5, then took care of Raymond-Lincolnwood, 25-17, 25-12.
The championship match on Saturday afternoon pitted the Panthers against rival Hillsboro, who was also 2-0 in pool play. Pana came away with a 27-25, 25-14 win.
Hillsboro was second with a 2-1 record in the tournament. In the third place match, Taylorville defeated Lincolnwood, 17-25, 25-20, 15-11. Taylorville was also 2-1 while Lincolnwood went 1-2 on the day. Cowden-Herrick won the fifth place match with a 17-25, 26-24, 15-3 win over Nokomis. Cowden-Herrick was 1-2 in the tournament and Nokomis, 0-3.
For the day, Colleen Weddle and Jenna Dudra led Pana in kills with 15 and 14, respectively. Weddle recorded 3 blocks.
Daylee Denton served 27 points with 15 of them aces. Dudra and Sydney Maton had 16 service points each and Madyson Butkauskas served 11. Weddle had 10 service points.
Maton had 9 aces and Jenna Dudra and Butkauskas each had 7. Weddle got 3 aces.
Denton dished out 20 assists with Abby Kuhn getting 11 and Butkauskas, 5.
Dig leader was Weddle with 11 and Denton got to 9. Dudra and Maton each had 5 digs.
The eighth grade team is 5-3 on the season. They have a busy week with a match tonight, Monday, Jan. 28, at Nokomis. There is a home match Tuesday, Jan. 29, with Pana hosting Litchfield. Then, Thursday, Jan. 31, Pana travels to Vandalia.
The seventh grade match starts at 6:00 p.m. each night, followed by the eighth grade contests.