Raiders roll to title at O'Fallon, stay undefeated

Posted: Oct. 20, 2019 12:30 am

O'FALLON, Ill. -- Quincy Notre Dame volleyball coach Courtney Kvitle said the game plan going into the championship match of the O'Fallon Autumn Classic was to serve away from Panthers libero Kyla Ellis.

"And we serve it right to her every time," Kvitle said.

It cost the Raiders the first game before they were able to make an adjustment, get their serve under control and roll to another tournament title. QND finished off its fifth victory in five weekend matches by beating O'Fallon 26-27, 25-18, 25-14 to improve to 27-0 heading into the final week of the regular season.

"Our serving turned things around and that's why we won," Kvitle said. "We were serving our serving zones a whole lot better."

The Raiders opened the tournament with a pair of straight-set victories Friday night, beating St. Louis Marquette 25-6, 25-12 and East St. Louis 25-18, 25-18. Saturday morning's match against Pekin featured a matchup of future SIU-Edwardsville teammates and the Dragons' Jenna Taphorn and the Raiders' Sydney Hummert. QND won 25-16, 25-17 and Hummert was named the tournament MVP.

"That was a fun matchup," Kvitle said.

QND knocked off Highland 25-20, 25-15 in the semifinals.

"We blocked really well and we passed really well," Kvitle said. "We played pretty well all around."

And the Raiders did so against the kind of high-level competition they will face in the postseason.

"We really needed to see teams of that caliber," Kvitle said. "It's nice to see some good competition and to be going into the postseason on a high."