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Anna Hartford, Staff Writer

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CHS Volleyball season is back!

The 2018 CHS Volleyball season is back in action!  The Lady Lions have five returning seniors this year: Anna Hartford, Ashlyn Mavigliano, Alexi Swalls, Olivia Stearns and Abby Null.  The team has been working all summer to prepare for this season.

The first game for the Lady Lions was against Carbondale at home.  The night ended with a loss but they quickly turned around and got ready for the annual SIRR Tournament that weekend.  The Lady Lions ended the day with two wins over West Frankfort and Anna-Jonesboro and three losses against Massac County, Pinckneyville and Duquoin.  Gracie Taylor, one of the varsity players, received All Tournament Team that day.

Next, the team played Benton and Herrin before conference began, and the beat the Rangers at home, but lost to the Tigers in Herrin. The Lions went into conference matches after those two games and are currently 0-3 in the conference, but have played very well and all three games were close.  Senior Alexi Swalls was interviewed about how the 2018 is going so far and she said, “I think we are making a lot of progress and learning how to work together as a team. The results may not be what we hoped for, but I believe we are getting to where we want to be.” The Lady Lions will continue to work and prepare for the rest of conference play.  

The volleyball team’s annual cancer game is coming up as well.  The cancer game will be held at home on October 4th versus the Nashville Hornets.  The team is selling t-shirts and ask everyone to wear them to the game for blackout night.  There will be a baked goods table and the players will be announced with their sponsors as well.  All proceeds will be be donated to the Austin Wade Foundation this year. Austin Wade was a student at Carterville High School who passed away in 2012 due to brain cancer.  This is the team’s way of contributing to him and to the fight against cancer. The Lady Lions have a lot of games to come, so make sure you come out and support your volleyball team!