Stand-Out Performances from the IHSA 3A State Tournament
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Some of the best matches of the tournament came during the Class 3A semifinals. The Morton vs. St. Francis semifinal match was decided by a total of 4 points and had 27 tie scores and 10 lead changes. The Lincoln…
Some of the best matches of the tournament came during the Class 3A semifinals. The Morton vs. St. Francis semifinal match was decided by a total of 4 points and had 27 tie scores and 10 lead changes. The Lincoln vs. St. Ignatius match was the first 3-set thriller of the day and was tight from start to finish. Here are some standout performances from athletes competing in the Class 3A tournament.
Addy was dominant from the first point to the last. She executed in every aspect of the game, from the offense, where she hit 0.355 and led the team in kills, to her role as a setter, where she contributed 13 assists. Addy also had two aces, six digs, and a block. Addy recorded a triple-double in the championship match with 13 kills, 23 assists, and 17 digs. Addy is committed to play at Wisconsin, and she showed just how effective she can be on the biggest stage in the state.
Anna may not have been the tallest athlete on the court, but she used every inch of her huge vertical to make an impact. She had good ball control and court awareness. Anna was key in serve receive for St. Francis and was one of the go-to hitters for her team. Anna’s consistency and smart play held a key role for the Spartans.
Carly impressed me with her all-around consistency on the court. She is a 6-rotation right side, one of my favorite emerging roles for athletes. Carly had six kills, nine service receptions, and five digs in the semifinal match. In the 3rd place match, Carly had a match-high 17 kills and hit 0.286. She is reliable and smart in all of her skills.
Graci knows every shot in the book. She can roll shot it deep corner, take a rip down the line, and find a kill on the soft tip and make it all look easy. She is also very engaged defensively for Morton, picking up many balls in coverage. Graci is a captain and leader for her Morton team and absolutely was an impact player.
Peyton is a dynamic and explosive pin hitter. She could terminate in all six rotations and was incredibly efficient. Her ability to impact every piece of the game was impressive to watch. She had 16 kills, 11 service receptions, an ace, six digs, and three blocks in the semifinal match. She had another 13 kills in the championship match. Peyton is a player to watch in this class. She is very well-rounded and highly competitive on the court.
Kloe is an absolute gamer. She can take tough plays and turn them into points. Kloe is incredibly athletic and is committed to play basketball at Colorado State. Kloe had 16 kills and only one error in the semifinal match. She also had 26 service receptions and no reception errors. Her grit and resilience helped lead her team to the state championship match.
Do not take your eyes off. She is absolutely explosive on either pin and also puts up a massive block. Skylar had to have one of the highest verticals in the gym last weekend, and a huge reach and fast arm swing to terminate on the ball. She had 11 kills and hit 0.231 in the semifinal match and had 16 kills and hit 0.262 to help her team finish 3rd at state.
Sydeny was a huge leader for St. Ignatius and won all-tournament honors. She is gritty, competitive, and would run through a wall to pursue a ball. Sydeny had triple-doubles in both the semifinal match and the 3rd place match. Sydeny is a threat in all six rotations, whether she is setting or hitting, and is a very fun athlete to watch.