COACH OF THE YEAR: Cook teaches Pittsfield how to win again
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COACH OF THE YEAR: Cook teaches Pittsfield how to win again

Jill Cook hated to see the season end for the Pittsfield volleyball team. The Saukees lost 12-25, 25-21, 25-21 to Auburn in the semifinals of the Class 2A Pittsfield Regional, and their season ended with a 21-12-2 record. It's the first winning record for the Saukees since the 2005 season, and it's the reason why Cook has been chosen as The Herald-Whig's Coach of the Year.

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR: For Hummert, the best is yet to come
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PLAYER OF THE YEAR: For Hummert, the best is yet to come

Watching Quincy Notre Dame's Sydney Hummert play volleyball could be compared to watching fireworks explode during the Fourth of July. Fans would oooh and ahhh they watched Hummert soar through the air to repeatedly pound spike after spike. Anyone who saw her graceful leaping ability and powerful swing this fall would understand why she has been named The Herald-Whig's Player of the Year. When Raiders first-year coach Courtney Kvitle looks at Hummert, she too appreciates her talent and production. However, she also sees untapped potential.

All-Area Volleyball: First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention
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All-Area Volleyball: First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention

FIRST TEAM PROFILES Hope Cheney Southeastern º 5-foot-9 º Senior º Hitter Cheney carried a young Southeastern team, with 379 kills comprising 47 percent of the Suns' total. She also led the team in aces (59) and blocks (50), and she was second in digs. "I

Women's College Volleyball

QU swept at home by No. 22-ranked Lewis

QUINCY, Ill. Marissa Gonzalez had 21 digs for Quincy University in a 25-21, 25-15, 25-15 loss to No. 22-ranked Lewis University on Friday night at Pepsi Arena. Quincy led 17-15 in the first set, then trailed 22-21 when the Flyers (23-6, 14-3 GLVC) score

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Stearns helps HLGU win conference game on road

ST. LOUIS -- Brenley Stearns had 14 kills to lead the Hannibal-LaGrange University women's volleyball team to a 25-19, 25-21, 25-11 victory over Harris-Stowe on Thursday in an American Midwest Conference game. Shirah Floor and Ashley Hill both had 15 assis

Raiders blocked on match point, eliminated in three-set thriller
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Raiders blocked on match point, eliminated in three-set thriller

Sydney Hummert had dominated the match, so there was no reason to set the ball to anyone else on match point. Quincy Notre Dame was leading 24-23 in the third set of Monday's semifinal in the Class 3A Chillicothe Sectional, and after libero Izzie Anderson passed the serve by LaSalle-Peru's Marisa Guisti, setter Lauren Roberts set the ball to Hummert on the left side of the floor. The set was a little farther off the net than Hummert would have liked, but she took a mighty cross-court swing at it for what would have been her 20th kill.

Slow start dooms Mustangs in sectional semifinal
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Slow start dooms Mustangs in sectional semifinal

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. -- Alese Speckhart saw contrasting qualities in her Unity volleyball team and Mount Pulaski. One team looked like it had played in a sectional tournament. The other one didn't. Unfortunately, the Mustangs were the latter in a 25-14, 25-2

Defending Class 1A champions fall in three sets
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Defending Class 1A champions fall in three sets

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. -- The energy the Payson Seymour volleyball team spent trying to win a lengthy first set was taxing. A scrappy Jacksonville Routt club magnified it. Payson Seymour led 17-16 in the third set of Monday night's Class 1A Routt Sectional sem

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QU losing streak reaches five games

ROLLA, Mo. -- Sarah Brown led with eight kills as the Quincy University volleyball team fell 25-14, 25-21, 25-6 to Missouri S&T in a Great Lakes Valley Conference match. The Hawks led 9-6 in the second set before Missouri S&T regained momentum, going on a

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College roundup: C-SC ends season with seven straight losses

LAMONI, Iowa -- Gabby Hickman had eight kills and eight digs on Friday for the Culver-Stockton College volleyball team in a 25-16, 25-20, 25-17 loss to Graceland University on Friday night in a Heart of America Athletic Conference match in Lamoni, Iowa. Th