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Murphysboro Volleyball Lady Devils struggle in first week Volleyball.

Byline: Steve Webb

It's been a bit of a struggle so far for the Murphysboro High School volleyball team.

The Lady Red Devils opened their season last Tuesday by falling to an always tough squad from Breese Central.

Up next was a win at Elverado, and on Saturday the team went a disappointing 2-3 at the SIRR Preview Tournament in Carterville.

"As a team our girls are strong and have a promising future ahead,'' Murphysboro coach Apryl Gordon said. "We just have a few kinks to work out and it's still early in the season.

"The girls have a positive outlook for the future of this season. I'm excited to see how far they will take it."

Things started out hairy for Murphysboro at the SIRR Tournament when they fell to Herrin, 25-16, 21-25, 15-13, in the first of pool play.

Maggie Williams had a big match for the Lady Red Devils, recording 12 kills and 26 digs. Island Dooley finished with 31 digs, and Ashley Jarrett had 23 assists.

The Lady Red Devils rebounded and knocked off Anna-Jonesboro, 25-15, 25-23, behind seven kills and 18 digs from Lillie Schaldemose.

Pool play didn't end well, though, as Murphysboro lost to eventual tournament champion Pinckneyville, 26-24, 25-22.

Schaldemose had seven kills and 20 digs in the match. Jarrett finished with 11 assists, and Malorie Gill had 15 digs.

Murphysboro went on to lose to Du Quoin, 25-16, 25-22, before ending the tournament with a 13-25, 25-13, 15-3 win over West Frankfort.

Murphysboro (3-4) came into the tournament on the heels of a 25-12, 25-14, victory over Elverado on Thursday.

Schaldemose had six kills, two blocks and 15 digs in the

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win. Jarrett recorded four kills, seven assists, two blocks and five digs. Williams had three kills and 12 digs, and Bridgett clover had two aces and 11 digs.

The Lady Red Devils opened their season last Tuesday at home. But Breese Central played the villain and left Memorial Gymnasium with a 25-18, 25-18, win.

Jarrett had three kills, six assists and seven digs in the loss. Schaldemose finished with seven kills and 10 digs. Clover and Gill combined for 13 digs, and Williams recorded two aces, two kills and 11 digs.

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Sep 3, 2019
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