Hornets fight against Lions for final home victory


Tribune photo by Arv Koontz/ Medora senior Hannah Elkins (22) watches the ball drop to the floor after one of her five blocks during Thursday's win over Salem. Looking on is junior Monika Bevers. The Hornets won in four sets.

Tribune photo by Arv Koontz/ Medora senior Hannah Elkins passes the ball during Thursday's match against Salem. Elkins had eight kills, two aces and five blocks in helping the Hornets win.


Coach Sara Carney was hoping her Medora volleyball team could build up some momentum going into next week’s Orleans Sectional.

After defeating Salem, 15-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-13, in Thursday’s Senior Night match, the Hornets are headed in the right direction.

The Hornets have won four of their past five matches, and Thursday was their second four-set win of the week after defeating South Decatur on Monday at home.

Prior to the match, seniors Hannah Elkins and Montana Wheeler were honored. Carney said they are leaders on and off the court and have made major contributions throughout their careers, and both made big plays throughout the match.

Elkins was 19-22-8 in attacks and 16-16-2 in serves and have five blocks, including three kill blocks. Wheeler was 22-22-2 in attacks.

“This was a big win for us,” Carney said. “We really wanted to win it for Hannah and Montana on Senior Night. This gives us some momentum, winning four out of our last five matches.”

In the first set, Salem broke a 3-3 score with six-straight points to lead the rest of the set. The Lions held a 13-5 lead before Monika Bevers scored a kill to help the Hornets score three straight points and close the gap to 13-8. But that was as close as the home team could get.

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