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Squad nets win

The Granite City Warriors volleyball team was short handed against the Springfield Southeast Spartans in the seventh-place match of the Glenwood Tournament on Saturday.

The Warriors had only seven players in the match against Southeast. Several other players headed back to Granite City due to homecoming activities.

Still, Granite City found out a way to knock off Southeast. The Warriors beat the Spartans in two games to pick up their second victory of the season.

With the win over Southeast, the Warriors snapped a 12-match losing streak. Their last win came on Sept. 16, when they beat Civic Memorial in three games in the Granite City Fall Classic.

"It's pretty good," Granite City coach Stephanie Burgess said. "It's a heck of a lot better than losing."

Last year, Granite City finished 0-4 in the Glenwood tournament, including a two-game loss to Southeast in the seventh-place match.

On Saturday, the Warriors lost all three of their matches in pool play to advance to the seventh-place match against Southeast. They had a pair of two-game losses to Mahomet-Seymour and Rochester and a three-game loss to Springfield.

Against Springfield, the Warriors won the first game, 25-22, but lost the next two games 25-14, 15-3.

"The kids played well in the first game," Burgess said. "They were in control in the first game."

Seniors Kelly Benz, Alex Hartwick and Kourtney Vaughn, juniors Ashley Gordon and Kristen Ryan and sophomores Jenna Lisson and Whitney Nichols played in the seventh-place match against Southeast.

"They were awesome," Burgess said. "They came together and worked hard."

The Warriors took a 2-20 record into Tuesday's match against Collinsville at Memorial Gymnasium. They started their season 0-8 before getting their first win of the season on Sept. 16 against Civic Memorial.

"We have the talent and the skill," Burgess said. "They just can't execute consistently to get those wins."

Granite City wraps up its Southwestern Conference season on Thursday against Belleville East at Memorial Gymnasium. The Warriors are 0-6 in league play.

The Warriors play their final home match of the season against Alton on Oct. 17. Granite City also will be celebrating senior night as Benz, Vaughn, Hartwick, Jill Ravanelli and Stacey Tsigolaroff will play in their final home high school volleyball matches.

On Oct. 19, the Warriors will end their regular season at Hazelwood Central. Burgess said she hopes her team will finish strong in the final two weeks.

"They need to play as a team and show their own talents," Burgess said.

For the second year in a row, the Warriors will play the Cahokia Comanches in an opening-round game of the Class AA regional tournament. The two teams will square off at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the regional tournament in Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville. The winner of that match advances to the semifinals to play host-Althoff at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 25.

The Warriors lost to Cahokia in each of the last three meetings. Last year, Cahokia beat Granite City twice, including a 25-23, 25-20 win in an opening-round regional tournament match at Memorial Gymnasium. Two weeks ago, the Comanches beat the Warriors 25-15, 26-28, 25-21 at Granite City.

Granite City is the No. 19 seed in the 19-team Collinsville sectional tournament. Cahokia is seeded 15th. Seedings and pairings were announced on Friday.

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