SO CLOSE: After strong start, QND falls in state title match
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SO CLOSE: After strong start, QND falls in state title match

The Quincy Notre Dame volleyball team will bring home the school's fifth second-place trophy after losing 18-25, 25-19, 25-21 to St. Thomas More Saturday at Redbird Arena. The Raiders also have won four state titles. QND's blocking surprised the taller Sabers in the first set.

STATE CHAMPS: Payson-Seymour wins title match in two sets
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STATE CHAMPS: Payson-Seymour wins title match in two sets

A kill by Hylee Schmiedeskamp gave the Payson Seymour volleyball team their first Class 1A state championship, a 25-12, 27-25 victory over Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg on Saturday morning at Redbird Arena. Watch video of the match point and celebration.

Indians look outside to play way into state title game
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Indians look outside to play way into state title game

NORMAL, Ill. — Newark volleyball coach Tonya Grayson was determined not to let Payson Seymour's Josie Stanford beat her. That part of her game plan worked. That part of her game plan worked. Stanford, who led the Indians with 391 kills this season, was limited to four kills in Friday morning's Class 1A semifinal game at Redbird Arena.

Block party: Siebers' play at net propels Raiders into state title game
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Block party: Siebers' play at net propels Raiders into state title game

NORMAL, Ill. — In a set full of breath-taking moments, it is easy to forget the play that might have saved the Quincy Notre Dame volleyball team in its 25-19, 28-26 victory over Newton on Friday in the Class 2A state semifinals at Redbird Arena.

State Tournament Notebook: Sophomore leads Raiders in kills in semis
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State Tournament Notebook: Sophomore leads Raiders in kills in semis

NORMAL, Ill. -- When the Quincy Notre Dame volleyball team made its comeback in the second set, it turned to a sophomore hitter to lead the way. Just not the one you might think. Sydney Hummert has been the Raiders' leading hitter this season...

Payson Seymour coasts into state title match
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Payson Seymour coasts into state title match

The first set was a little shaky, but the Payson Seymour volleyball team showed the crowd at Redbird Arena why it's the favorite to win the Class 1A state title.

Raiders defeat Newton to advance to state title match
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Raiders defeat Newton to advance to state title match

Sydney Hummert's kill ended a remarkable second set and the match as the Quincy Notre Dame volleyball team defeated Newton 25-19, 28-26 in the semifinals of the Class 2A state volleyball tournament in Redbird Arena.

Changing Their Tune: Late-season lineup adjustment helps QND go to state
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Changing Their Tune: Late-season lineup adjustment helps QND go to state

QUINCY -- Rich Meyer approached captains Hannah Peters and Molly Penn in mid-October with the idea for a change in the lineup for the Quincy Notre Dame volleyball team. Peters admits she had her doubts. Back problems forced Peters to move from hitter to li

Eidson keeps feeding all of Payson Seymour's hungry hitters
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Eidson keeps feeding all of Payson Seymour's hungry hitters

PAYSON, Ill. -- Cassie Eidson is like a mother robin trying to feed the baby birds as they strain their necks with mouths open in the nest. The junior setter on the Payson Seymour volleyball team tries to keep all of her hitters happy, and she has plenty o

Class 2A volleyball state tournament profiles
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Class 2A volleyball state tournament profiles

Newton Coach: Jill Kistner (142-43, 5th season) Record: 31-7 State Tournament Appearances: 1990 (Class A, lost in quarterfinals). Scouting the Eagles: Newton won 10 of its first 16 games but has lost just one of its last 22. The Eagles lost three times to