By Erich Murphy
Managing Editor
    It was an easy match in many ways. First and foremost, it was a contest that was really just part of a greater event. The match Monday between Pontiac and visiting Dwight was the draw to get folks to stop by the commons area at PTHS for the “Volley For The Cure” event the Indians were hosting.
    Another factor that made this an easy match was Pontiac’s experience and age. The Trojans came in with no seniors and just two juniors on the roster. So, in looking at the final tally — 25-12, 25-8 — it’s easy to see why Pontiac won in two.
    Pontiac head coach Kelly Audia appeared to be happy with his team’s overall play,primarily because this match allowed him to run his entire roster, including some underclassmen who were brought up, onto the floor and get some time in under their belts.
    As overmatched as the Trojans were, they were the equal of the Indians in effort. DTHS jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first set. A kill from Nellie Rieke gave Dwight a 4-2 edge, but them Pontiac battled back.
    Hannah Legner delivered a kill for a sideout and Rebecca Rich notched a kill to give the Tribe the lead for good.
    Benefiting from the stronger Pontiac play was Maddi Stark, who chalked up five service points, including an ace, as the Indians built an 8-4 advantage.
    It was 9-6 when Rich got the serve. Cam Feddern recorded a block and another misplay by DTHS made it 12-6, forcing the Trojans into a timeout. When Pontiac came back out, Emma Brummel got the serve and the Tribe tacked on four more points, including an ace from the relief server.
    Audia switched servers one more time in the set as Madison Wright got a point off a Legner kill and then Jordyn Fox came in as the reliever and scored a point off a Brooke Fox kill.
    Wight scored the first point of the second set on a Kodat kill. Pontiac, using a variety of younger players, came right back and led 4-1 before a sideout gave DTHS the serve.
    Jordan Schultz got the hot hand for the Trojans with a pair of aces that tied the game at 4-4. Another kill put Dwight up 5-4 but a net serve ended the surge.
    The Indians put this set away with Madi Mennenga at the line. She got some help from freshman Mia Brady, as well as Legner and good defense as the Tribe rattled off 10 straight points, the last being an ace.
    It was 18-7 when Miranda Hack toed the service line. Hack had a pair of aces in a run that ended the match. She recorded nine points and got help from a pair of Addison Masching kills, as well as one from Feddern.
    Mennenga had 10 service points and Hack chalked up 9 for the Indians. Legner had 4 kills with Masching, Brady, Wright and Brooke Fox each contributing 2 kills. Brady also had 5 assists. On defense, Feddern had 3 blocks and Cassidy Ringle came up with 6 digs.
    Kodat had 3 kills for the Trojans. Schultz had 3 service points.
    Pontiac will get back into Illini Prairie Conference play tonight against St. Thomas More in Champaign, and then at home on Thursday for Senior Night against Rantoul.