Volleyball

Aces fall at Wayne City

WAYNE CITY, Ill. — Mt. Carmel volleyball coach Beth Bunting said Wayne City “had some left-handed hitters that we had a hard time adjusting to.” Though the Lady Aces won the first game, the hosts rebounded to take the next two games and win Monday’s non-conference matchup.

Aces VB wins home opener

After serving an ace to complete a dramatic rally for a 28-26 win in the first game against Olney Thursday night, Brandi Metcalf knew better things were ahead.

“When we win the first game, we usually win the second game,” said the junior.

Which was exactly what the Lady Aces did. With Metcalf back at the service line to score one ace and four other points, Mt. Carmel won the second game, 25-17, to earn their first win of the season in a sweep of the first home match of the season.

Aces VB home opener tonight

The Lady Aces volleyball team is home for the first time tonight. And coach Beth Bunting hopes that translates into better play after a disappointing loss Tuesday at Robinson.

“Robinson was beatable and we made silly mistakes,” Bunting said after a straight-set loss to the Maroons. “We have got to learn to recover from errors quickly and move forward.”

Mt. Carmel (0-3) hosts Olney tonight at the Hilltop. The freshman game begins at 6 p.m.

Carmi rallies to beat Aces in VB opener

CARMI — Mt. Carmel’s volleyball team got off to a quick start on Monday, winning the first game of the season. Carmi came back with wins in the next two games, though, to win the match, 2-1.

As the team adjusts to the loss of senior hitter Alex Rosignol, who suffered an injury during the off-season, coach Beth Bunting seemed pleased with the adjustment.

“I saw a lot of things I really liked tonight,” she said. “I anticipate it only getting better.”

Lady Aces spikers open season tonight

Instead of monster hitter leading her team at the net, senior Alex Rosignol will play a different role when the Mt. Carmel volleyball team opens the season in Carmi tonight.

She will be an erstwhile coach on the bench, forced there after a summer MCL injury wiped out her senior season. Rosignol is hoping to return to sports during the Lady Aces basketball season.

In the meantime, Mt. Carmel coaches Beth Bunting and Christy McPherson hope she can become a star on the bench as well.

“In the past, Alex has been a mighty force on the court, but always quiet,” Bunting said. “She’s going to have to be more outspoken. She has a lot of things to offer this team, but doesn’t know how to present things. She’s learning that.”

Rosignol has learned a different level of the game through her participation in club volleyball “and we want her to share those things with these girls,” Bunting said.

McPherson said being a coach of sorts will help Rosignol once she recovers from her injury and goes on to play college volleyball.  “It will be beneficial to her as a player in college,” she said.

What the coaches - Rosignol included - have this year is a young, now smaller team. The Aces lost six players off last year’s IHSA Class 3A regional semifinalist, and there is only one returnee now left on the court, senior Jenny Baumgart. Senior Sydney Partee joined the team this year.

The middle hitting game will be a work in progress. Baumgart, senior captain, will have one of the spots in the 5-1 offense, with Leah Bunting opposite her.

Junior Brandi Metcalf, who has done an “outstanding” job during the pre-season, according to coach Beth Bunting, will be on the outside. Sophomore Dylan Marshall might play outside as well and “has been hitting the ball really well,” Bunting said.

P.J. Jeffries wasn’t around this summer, but has “stepped in and done some great things this fall,” Bunting said. Jeffries could also be a presence at the net.

Kelsey McGill will be the setter.

It will be a new look at the net for the Lady Aces, who will spend the early portion of the season fleshing out leadership roles in the absence of Rosignol.

“With Alex being out, there are several girls who would have been in her shadow that are working hard,” McPherson said.

Ashlynn Newkirk, Sydney Peterson, Lane Arnott and Ashton Thompson will also see playing time as well.

Bunting likes the perseverance the team seems to show. “They do not give up easily,” said Bunting.

Eleven freshman are out for the team. “They’re all very good,” said McPherson. “They’ve got tons of attitude and are hard workers.”

Mt. Carmel will spend the entire opening week on the road. After tonight’s game at Carmi, the Aces play at Edwards County on Thursday.  The home opener is set for Sept. 5  against Olney.

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