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LEOPOLD - Forest Park did an excellent job receiving serves while Tell City had some problems in that department Thursday.
The result was a 25-23, 25-15, 25-9 win for Forest Park in the first round of the Class 2A volleyball sectional.
"We knew to compete with them we had to block and we had to pass," said Tell City Coach Dalonda Hayes. "We got the blocking part down. We probably had our best blocking game we've had all year. We got hands on every one of their hits.
"But our serve-receive was probably only 10 to 20 percent. I said all along we'd have to have good passing to beat them and it just wasn't there.
"And we were missing serves. We served 98 percent (good ones) in the regular season and we were probably in the 80s tonight."
When the Marksmen did make a good serve, they weren't able to get any aces, as Forest Park did a good job digging them up.
The Rangers jumped to a 5-1 lead early in the first game and led by four or five points most of that game.
Tell City pulled within two, 20-18, though as Leslie Poole served two consecutive points.
A block by Lauren Goffinet and a power kill by Elizabeth Kohnert kept the margin at two until Jamie Brinksneader served a point to pull Tell City within one, 24-23.
That prompted the Rangers to call timeout.
A fairly long volley followed, but the Rangers eventually scored the winning point on it.
The second game followed a similar pattern to the first one. The Rangers jumped to a 5-0 lead and led by as many as six points before the Marksmen pulled within one, 12-11, on a block by Kohnert.
Tell City still trailed by only two points, 16-14, before hitting a serve into the net for the second time in the game.
That started an 8-0 run for the Rangers that gave them a safe 24-14 lead.
Tell City never really got started in the third game, falling behind 9-3, 14-5 and 20-7.
The Rangers made a power kill off a free ball to end the match.
Kohnert led the Marksmen with five kills and seven blocks. Goffinet added three blocks and Poole made three kills.
Goffinet and Jamie Brinksneader each made 11 digs. Julie Davis had seven assists.
Tell City finished the season 14-14. Forest Park advanced to Saturday's semifinals with a 23-10 record.