Lady Redbirds split in M-I matches

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
Metamora junior Gillian Urycki sets one in the air with Quinn Mathews on standby earlier this season.

In two matches, the Metamora varsity volleyball team went 1-1 while hosting Dunlap for a loss and traveled to Pekin for a win.

Vs. Dunlap

The Lady Redbirds suffered another M-I loss Sept. 23 when hosting Dunlap, 25-20, 25-23.

In the first set, Metamora caught an early lead and held onto it until two errors put the Eagles up, 6-5, for the set-long lead.

Dunlap’s Hannah Fouts when on a seven-serve streak to gain a 10-point lead at 17-7.

When down, 18-9, Metamora’s Chloe Harman stepped into the serving position and the Lady Redbirds were able to post four points. 

During Harman’s serves, Gillian Urycki knocked one over, Shannon Kempf blocked a Dunlap kill attempt and Rachel Klein had a kill with an assist by Harman.

The Lady Redbirds remained down until Sofia Gruden had a successful dink to make it 24-16 in favor of Dunlap. 

Sydney Hanchett was serving during Metamora’s last offensive attack of the set.

Kempf knocked one over, Elysa Smith had a block and kill to end the scoring for the Lady Redbirds before Dunlap had a kill for the final point.

Metamora had a set-high lead in the second at 8-4 when Gruden and Smith had a block following Urycki’s ace.

The Lady Redbirds caught the last tie of the match with a dink from Gruden, but Dunlap countered with four consecutive points to make it 24-20.

Leah TerBush had the last earned-point for Metamora with simple knock over and two Dunlap errors made it a one-point game.

The Eagles were able to set a kill attempt and Metamora failed to return.

Klein led Metamora in kills with 6. Harman and Hanchett had six kills apiece and Mathews had 14 digs. Urycki was in with the only ace of the night for the Lady Redbirds. 

At Pekin

To rebound from the Dunlap loss, Metamora traveled to Pekin and was able to earn the win in two sets and gave up just 27 points, 25-15, 25-12.

TerBush was in the lead for the Lady Redbirds with seven kills. Klein, Hanchett and TerBush all finished with two aces apiece.

Mathews was on the defense and had seven digs.

The Metamora sophomore and freshman squads also pulled out wins in just two sets each.