The Hannibal volleyball team picked up three victories Saturday at the Quincy Tournament.
Coach Kelsey Whitley was impressed by the resilience of her Hannibal volleyball team Saturday at the Quincy Tournament.
After dropping a hard-fought, three-set battle to Freeburg in the final match of pool play, the Lady Pirates moved into the bronze bracket and won their last two matches of the day.
Hannibal (15-9) beat Liberty 25-13 in straight sets and topped Peoria Notre Dame 25-23, 25-21 to cap the tourney.
“The girls played hard and it could have been anyone's game,” Whitley said of the loss to Freeburg. “What stuck with me the most about it was after a loss, we didn't give up. We went to another gym and fought hard to win the next two matches to finish the day on a positive note.”
Hannibal opened Saturday with a loss to Metamora 20-25, 21-25 before defeating Cahokia 25-13, 25-15. The three-set loss to Freeburg came by scores of 19-25, 25-20 and 12-15.
The Lady Pirates finished 3-2 on the day.
Abby Baumann delivered 31 kills and 40 digs during the tournament, while fellow outside hitter Maddie Janes stuffed the stat sheet with 19 kills, 38 digs and a dozen aces. Middle blockers Claire Thomas and Shelby Nelson teamed up for 26 kills and 11 blocks. Setters Kyler Rademan and Kaylee Falconer combined for 87 set assists.
“The girls played with heart, and they didn't back down when their backs were against the wall,” Whitley said. “The stats were a great indication of how much our teamwork means. Everyone played well, picked each other up and truly played as a team.”
Libero Haley Ballinger stood out for Hannibal with a team-high total of 45 digs during the five matches.
“Haley has been a great asset to our team this year,” Whitley said. “She has really grown into her role as a leader on and off the court. She is able to make a mistake and recover with ease, which is the ultimate goal of all players. I am so proud of the player Haley has become and I am excited about how she's really coming around at the right time.”
Hannibal hosts North Central Missouri Conference foe Mexico on Monday.