ARGENTA - The Class A girls volleyball
regional tournament here started on
Tuesday and finished up Thursday.
Mount Pulaski stuck to its nickname and
came out as 'Toppers.
MP blew through Farmer City Blue
Ridge 25-5, 25-9 in the semifinals. They
then continued on their path of
destruction with their sights set on
Warrensburg-Latham. The Lady Cardinals
were no match for the rampaging Lady
'Toppers, who won 25-10, 25-17.
"We came out ready to play," said
senior team captain Christina Stoll.
MP now advances to the Danville
Schlarman sectional. The team will face
Kansas at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Against Blue Ridge, the Lady Toppers
had very little sympathy for the weak
defense of the Knights. Blue Ridge
managed to scrape out five points in the
first game. They didn't fare much better
in the second.
"It was just another one of those
all-out team efforts," Mount Pulaski
coach Donna Dulle said.
In the end, Blue Ridge fell in a
half-hour matchup. The Lady 'Toppers had
a total of 14 kills: Stoll with five,
Kaitlyn Kutz with four, and junior Kassi
Schmidt with three.
The championship trophy was within
Mount Pulaski's reach. The Lady
Cardinals were just a technicality.
"We came out intense," Stoll said.
"We shut down their big middle."
The big middle Stoll was referring to
is senior Paige Fombelle, who she ended
the match with two kills, three blocks
and two digs.
"We just couldn't do anything with
their good blocking," said W-L coach
Sherry White. "They took us out of our
Stoll was a huge part of the Lady
'Toppers solid net play.
"We played great team ball. Christina
had a fabulous game," Dulle said. "Kassi
and Kaitlyn also both played awesome
While the blockers were doing their
job on the front line, the back row was
picking up any ball that happened to
slip past the armor.
Senior Elizabeth Fanning had four
digs, while Michael Ely and Lindsay
Durcholz had three apiece.
"We've played better defense
before..." said White. "But tonight it
would have had to have been flawless."
Stoll led MP with eight kills. Kutz
had six and Schmidt and Morgan Litterly
both contributed four.
Dulle summed up the night in one
statement: "It's postseason. We're
giving it all we got, every game, every
play, we're leaving it all out on the