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Tuesday evening was the conclusion of the RPAC Volleyball Tournament which was held at the Graff Events Center in McCook. We had the consolation matchup between Cambridge from the East and Wallace from the West. Then of course, the title matchup between Southwest of the East and on the West, two-time defending RPAC Volleyball Champion, Maywood-Hayes Center.

In the consolation match, it was Cambridge who won over Wallace in three sets, 25-16, 25-17, and 25-20. The story in this one was Emmerie Tomlin starting at the setter position due to illness. The sophomore played well and Head Coach Lauren Carpenter was pleased with her performance and her teammates helped her get ready for the matchup. "A lot of the girls' leadership came out and they gave Emmerie confidence."

Cambridge moves to 26-2 on the season, the Wallace Wildcats are now 25-5 on the year.

Brylyn Springer attacks the Wallace Wildcat block.

In the championship game, it took four sets, but the Wolves of Maywood-Hayes Center won their third straight RPAC Title. Southwest took the first set 25-23, but then Maywood-Hayes Center took the next three, 25-22, 25-23, and 28-26.

In the second set, is when the tide turned as Southwest led at one time 18-15, but then Mataya Roberts took control of the set, reeling off a handful of kills to give them the lead at 23-22 and close out the set.

Southwest's Caylin Barnett knives her way through the Wolves block.

In the third set, Maywood-Hayes Center jumped out to a 7-4 lead. A little over halfway through the set, Bailey Truksa nabbed a few kills to keep it close and even tie it up at 19-19. The Wolves though, went on a 6-4 run to close it out and get the win.

In the final set, Southwest looked as if they were going to force a fifth set as they led 7-4 to start and then at one time 14-7. Maywood-Hayes Center regrouped and clawed back to win the set.

As mentioned, the Wolves win their third straight RPAC Volleyball Title and they are 23-1 on the year now. Southwest, the runner-up is now 24-6.




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