MAHOMET — Back-to-back road losses to Normal U-High and Effingham had put a sour taste in the Mahomet-Seymour volleyball team. The losses put an end to a six-game winning streak.
The angry Bulldogs came out and swept two Apollo Conference opponents this week to get back on track.
M-S is 15-6 and the emergence of junior Ainsley Ranstead has been really fun to watch. Last season, Ranstead had the talent, but the sophomore struggled to find her place behind upperclassmen like Lauren Minick and Savannah Matthews.
This year, she’s emerged as the No. 1 offensive weapon, and she’s averaging almost 4.5 kills per set. She’s efficient too, as her kill percentage of 43% is tops on the team.
M-S 2, Charleston 0. Ainsley Ranstead led the way with 14 kills and three aces to help M-S sweep Charleston 25-12, 25-17 on Thursday. Kayin Garner added 24 assists, eight digs and three aces. Lauren Minick and Makayla Rosenberry both had five kills. Sophomore Haylie Orton chipped in four kills. Delaney Wheeler had two aces. Josie Hess had a team-high 11 digs.
The M-S team also
won both the junior varsity and the freshman match. The junior varsity swept Charleston 25-23, 25-14.
M-S 2, Lincoln 0. Garner had a huge day, tallying 25 assists, eight digs, two aces and two kills to help M-S defeat Lincoln 25-20, 25-15 on the road Tuesday. Amber Yeakel had four kills, two digs and two blocks as M-S improved to 15-6 and 5-2 in Apollo Conference play.
The junior varsity picked up another victory with a 25-20, 25-15 sweep. The freshmen dominated Lincoln 21-3, 21-14.
Mahomet-Seymour played against Mattoon on Thursday, but results weren’t available at press time.
M-S will compete in the Riverton Fall Classic today and Saturday. They will get back to the grind of Apollo Conference play on Tuesday when they travel to Mount Zion for a 6 p.m. showdown.
On Oct. 10, Taylorville comes to Mahomet for a 7 p.m. tilt.