The Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond Junior Varsity volleyball team won their own annual Knights Classic tournament this past Saturday, September 11. The Knights went undefeated in pool play and then captured the championship in a three set match with Villa Grove. Pictured here holding the plaque is Nellie Crossman, daughter of Head Coach Emily Crossman. The team members behind Nellie are first row: Layla Deel, Ava Binion, Emmalee Nall, Sara Herschberger, Natalie Hutchcraft; second row: Skyler Vorck, Kat Perez, Alayna Plank, Josie Hale, Gracie Arnett; third row: Mackenzie Condill, Jordan Quertermous, Kendall Burdick, Addison Yeakel, Sierra Binion, Brooke Bolsen and Maggie Benedict
For several years the Junior Varsity Knights volleyball team has hosted the Knights Classic on a Saturday early in the season.
This year’s event took place in both the high school’s old and new gyms on Saturday, September 11.
The tournament consisted of two pools of three teams each.
Pool A included Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond, Heritage and Central A and M.
Pool B included Villa Grove, Cerro Gordo/Bement and Arcola.
Pool A began with ALAH playing Heritage winning in two sets, 25-23 and 25-23.
Second game in Pool A was between Heritage and Central A & M, won by Central A&M.
Third game in Pool A was a hard fought battle between ALAH and Central A&M with ALAH winning by scores of 25-20 and 27-25.
First game in Pool B was between Villa Grove and CGB with Villa Grove winning that match.
Second game in Pool B pitted CGB against Arcola with CGB coming out on top.
The third game in Pool B was Arcola vs. Villa Grove with VG winning that match.
This set up the fifth place game with Arcola Purple Riders and Heritage with the Heritage Hawks claiming fifth place in the tournament.
The third place game between Cerro Gordo/Bement Broncos and Central A&M Raiders went to three sets with Central A&M coming out as winners of third place in the tournament.
This all led to the championship game between the Villa Grove Blue Devils and the Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond Knights.
This game went to three sets with scores of 21-25, 25-19 and 15-8 with the host Knights winning their own Knights Classic tournament and claiming the championship title.
Plaques were presented to the second place Blue Devils and the first place Knights.
The Junior Varsity girls are coached by Jessica Vanausdoll with Dana Tinkle assisting.
Head coach for ALAH volleyball is Emily Crossman.
A big thank you to athletic director Nathan Seal and all those involved in putting another successful event together. GO KNIGHTS!