NORMAL, Ill. -- 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.
The Indians finished the season with a 41-1 record. They lost just three out of the 85 sets they played this season.
Payson Seymour dominated the first set, racing to a 6-1 lead. It used a seven-point run to go ahead 15-5, and the Hatchets never got closer than seven points again.
Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg roared back in the second set, taking a 9-3 lead on a service ace by Mackenzi Tabbert. Payson Seymour came back with 11 of the next 14 points, with a block and two kills by Josie Stanford putting the Indians on top 14-12.
The lead grew to as much as 18-15, but two kills each by Calla Roney and Megan Schlechte sparked a six-point run by the Hatchets.
A service error led to a sie out, and two kills by Schmiedeskamp and a hitting error by the Hatchets put Payson Seymour back in front 22-21.
A kill by setter Mackenzie Tabbert tied the score at 22, but kill by Kamryn Flesner and a block by Riley Epperson gave the Indians their first match point.
The Hatchets responded with three straight points, two on hitting errors by the Indians, and they were serving for the match at 25-24.
The Indians tied the score with a kill by Schmiedeskamp, and a kill from the middle by Stanford gave them their second match point. The Indians didn't let that one get away. Setter Cassie Eidson dug up a kill by the Hatchets, and Melina Tedrow made an over-the-head pass to Schmiedeskamp, whose kill went off a Hatchets player and out of bounds for the winning point.
This story will be updated.