The Lady Bulldogs are winners of the own tournament.
St. Clair (17-5-3) went undefeated Saturday to capture the championship at the St. Clair Volleyball Classic for the first time since 2009, sweeping Warrenton (19-6-2) in the championship round, 25-18, 25-21.
The Lady Bulldogs went 3-0-1 in pool play to capture the top seed. They split with Warrenton, 25-16, 21-25, to open the tournament before sweeping Cuba (12-11-2), 25-9, 25-12, Waynesville (6-16-2), 25-17, 25-17 and Union (4-20-1), 25-12, 25-20.
In the other two rounds of bracket play, St. Clair defeated St. James (5-12-1), 20-25, 25-12, 25-16, and Orchard Farm (15-6), 25-22, 25-16.
“My girls came out this tournament and were on a mission,” St. Clair Head Coach Kandice McCuskey said. “This is a very big step in the right direction at this time in our season when we need it the most. We all did what we needed to do to make sure we had a successful outcome.”
The team was able to ward off any distractions from homecoming weekend to take care of business with a pair of sweeps in the semifinals and finals.
“I will say it was really running behind and I think my girls started bracket play off worried about the homecoming dance,” McCuskey said. “I had to tell them they weren’t allowed to leave until it was over so we might as well just win this thing. I guess they took it to heart because they never looked back again. We accomplished some things that we have been wanting to all season and I am very proud of my girls determination to win it.”
Homecoming queen Hannah Machelett served 46 points in the tournament, including nine aces. She hammered home 18 kills.
Alohilani Bursey powered down 36 kills and 17 solo blocks.
Gracie Sohn finished with 32 kills and 11 solo blocks. She served four aces and 27 points overall.
Allie Medows notched 19 kills.
Makayla Johnson served six aces and 16 points, adding 12 kills.
Emma Hinson handed out 63 assists and served 44 points, including two aces.
Kaylee Rampani served 32 points with six aces and made 31 assists.
Libero Kyley Henry served one ace and six points total.
Myah Dierker made eight kills and one solo block.
“Our passers really worked hard to get the ball up and give the setter every option they needed to run our offense,” McCuskey said. “Hitters were all ready to put away balls. So very proud of them. ... Jill Love and Jolee King are both on our team as well and came into the game and did a great job for us as well.”
St. Clair is next in action Tuesday at home against Four Rivers Conference leading Hermann (23-4-1, 4-0). The Lady Bearcats are coming off a 25-23, 26-24, home win against previously unbeaten Helias on Monday.