MAHOMET — The Mahomet-Seymour volleyball team got hot and rolled to a championship at the Champaign Centennial Charger Invite on Saturday.

The Bulldogs defeated Dunlap in straight sets, 25-20, 25-19 in the first match of the day.

They won the first set against Kaneland 25-23, but the Bulldogs dropped the following two sets 25-16, 15-5.

But after that tough loss, the Bulldogs bounced back in a big way. They beat a good Monticello squad 25-20, 25-23 to advance to a semifinal date with Rochester.

M-S took care of the Rockets in three sets 25-16; 10-25; 15-9.

In the championship game, M-S got a chance to avenge their earlier loss to Kaneland. This time, Kaneland won the first set 25-21, but M-S returned the favor, winning two sets in a row. M-S won the championship-clinching set by a score of 16-14.

Ainsley Ranstead was terrific, finishing with 49 total kills in the five matches. Lauren Minick added 32 kills and 36 digs. Kayin Garner dished out 126 assists and chipped in 12 aces. Libero Ellie Beach had 42 digs.

M-S improved to 6-3 overall after the strong 4-1 day.

M-S 2, Mattoon 1. Ranstead pounded seven kills, added eight digs and chipped in five aces to help M-S improve to 2-0 in the Apollo Conference with a 21-25, 25-22, 25-14 victory Tuesday.

Garner dealt 28 assists, and Yeakel added six kills and three blocks. The junior varsity squad lost in straight sets, 25-18, 26-24. The freshmen won 21-19, 21-16.

M-S 2, Lincoln 0. M-S swept Lincoln 25-16, 25-23 in the first Apollo Conference match of the season. Both of the Bulldogs’ middles had strong days. Amber Yeakel had six kills, and Haylie Orton added four of her own.

Beach led the way defensively with 11 digs.

The junior varsity swept Lincoln 25-19, 25-13. The freshmen also swept the Railsplitters 21-8, 21-16.

Looking ahead

The Bulldogs played Mt. Zion on Thursday, but results weren’t available at press time. M-S will look to win their own invitational on Saturday. Action will start at 8:30 a.m. and games will be split between the fieldhouse and the main gymnasium. M-S will play on the road at Taylorville on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.