The records could have both teams undefeated or winless. There’s going to be an extra sort of energy tonight.
The Mattoon and Charleston volleyball teams will be in action for an Apollo Conference matchup, which will also serve as the team’s Volley for a Cure. The first meeting was a close three-set win by Mattoon at home, which means the second go around should be just as exciting.
Mattoon enters Baker Gym with a 9-7 overall record and a 2-3 mark in the conference. Mattoon played Charleston in the Charleston Invitational which was won by the Green Wave in two sets. The Green Wave has won three straight matches as of late.
Jessica Evans leads the team in kills with 84, averaging 2.0 per set. Nevaeh Laster is second on the team with 76 kills, averaging 1.9 per set. Sarah Rankin leads the team with 25 aces, while Laster has 22 aces. Rankin also leads the team with 45 kills with Rankin second with 38.
Evans leads the team with 129 digs with Sophia Rhine right behind with 126 digs and Lily Ghere with 123 digs. Rhine is averaging 6.0 assists per set and owns 239 assists.
Charleston’s offense is led by Addison Shrader with 643 kills, good for 1.6 kills per set, while senior Macy Hetzel owns 55 kills. Mackenzie Pamperin and Shrader are tied for the lead with 15 aces. Shrader is also the leader in blocks with 21 total blocks.
Pamperin is the leader in digs with 117 and is the top ball handler with 97 assists.
“It’s always exciting to play Mattoon,” said Charleston coach Nicole Beals. “ Our girls are talented. When they’re clicking, they are impressive to watch. Our girls have been working hard on serve receive. We’ve been focusing on defense, and those areas have shown significant improvement. We’re also communicating much better. I believe they can beat Mattoon. There’s extra energy in the gym. I’m also really glad that we can use this opportunity to support a great cause as well.”