HIGHLAND — Last Thursday’s Six Rivers West volleyball match between Belmont and Highland was not only a match-up between head coaching sisters, but also an act of humanity.
The night was dedicated to supporting Highland band member Hannah Laufenberg, who was injured in a car wreck earlier this year.
Both teams wore identical purple “Hitting for Hannah” T-shirts.
The match was also used as a fundraiser to support Laufenberg in her recovery as proceeds from T-shirt sales and concessions were donated to her family.
On the court Belmont gave Highland all it could handle, but older sister Maria Wineski’s Cardinals outlasted younger sister Lauren Drury’s Braves 13–25, 25–19, 25–18, 17–25, 15–11 in a five-set marathon played at Highland High School.
“It was tough losing at Highland and of course to my older sister,” said Drury, Belmont’s first-year head coach. “We both knew it was going to come down to the wire, and it did. I was just hoping for it to end up the other way around. We run our defense pretty much the same way and knew where each others’ holes were.
“As much as I hate to lose, it was good for us to have a night where we went all five games. I think we will have a lot more games like that this season, so we just need to prepare ourselves for them.”
Junior Jordyn Kamps floored 19 kills and sophomore Keegan Kamps added 11 kills and three blocks. Sophomore setter Katelyn Schobert added 33 assists, eight digs and a pair of aces.
Last Tuesday the Braves (4–9, 2–2 SRW) dropped a 20–25, 20–25, 25–21, 21–25 decision to visiting Potosi.
Last Tuesday Bausch floored 16 kills and Dawn Dines made 23 digs to lead Potosi to a 25–20, 25–20, 21–25, 25–21 victory over host Belmont.
Senior Cassie McCarthy led the Braves with eight kills and 18 digs.
Potosi 3, Belmont 1
(from Tuesday, Sept. 5 @ Belmont)
Potosi 25 25 21 25
Belmont 20 20 25 21
Potosi stat leaders
Kills: Rylie Bausch 16. Blocks: Kate Mish 3. Assists: Abby Ames 17. Aces: Journee Hutchcroft 3. Digs: Dawn Dines 23.
Belmont stat leaders
Kills: Cassie McCarthy 8, Jordyn Kamps 5, Keegan Kamps 4, Brianna Riechers 4. Blocks: K. Kamps 6. Assists: Katelyn Schobert 16. Aces: Audrey Wedig 3, J. Kamps 2. Digs: McCarthy 18, J. Kamps 11, K. Kamps 9.
Highland 3, Belmont 2
(from Thursday, Sept. 7 @ Highland)
Belmont 25 19 18 25 11
Highland 13 25 25 17 15
Belmont stat leaders
Kills: Jordyn Kamps 19, Keegan Kamps 11, Cassie McCarthy 5. Blocks: Keegan Kamps 3. Assists: Katelyn Schobert 33. Aces: K. Kamps 4, Schobert 2, Audrey Wedig 2. Digs: McCarthy 9, Schobert 8, K. Kamps 6, Emma Lee 6.