Nokomis Fourth As Mehochko Tops 200-Win Mark

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If the Nokomis Redskins were wanting to get a little practice in before the start of regionals on Oct. 25, the Pawnee Tournament proved to be the perfect place to do it.

The Redskins finished fourth in the tournament with a  3-2 record, pushing Coach Megan Mehochko to 201 wins for her career, with four of the five games going to three games.

That included all three pool play games for Nokomis, who went 3-0 in Pool A to start the tournament. In game one, Nokomis came back from a 25-19 first set loss to take the next two sets 25-21, 10-2.

Audrey Sabol and Hailey Engelman each had six kills in the win, while Engelman also led the team in assists (8) and aces (2). Defensively, Skylar Stewart had two solo blocks and three assists, while Emily Cress and Natalie Engelman led the team in digs with 13 apiece.

Game two would be even closer for the Redskins, who beat the host Pawnee Indians 25-20, 23-25, 10-6. Addison Dangbar and Hailey Engelman had three aces each, while Audrey Sabol led the team in kills with six. Presley Lamb and Hailey Engelman shared the setting duties with five assists each, while Natalie Engelman led the team in digs with 12.

Game three would be a rematch of two regular season bouts against Edinburg, who will also be Nokomis’ opponent on Monday in the first round of regionals. For the third time this year, the Redskins defeated the Wildcats, winning 19-25, 25-23, 10-5.

Audrey Sabol and Presley Lamb led the attack and the serving game, with Sabol putting down seven kills and two aces, while Lamb had two aces and nine assists. Defensively, Emily Cress led the way with 18 digs, while Sabol had two blocks and four assists.

The three wins put Nokomis in the first place bracket, where they would take on Mendon Unity in the semifinals. The Redskins would run into a buzzsaw in the form of the Mustangs, who defeated Nokomis 25-14, 25-14 to improve to 24-9 on the year. The Mustangs would finish second in the tournament, falling to 29-4 Taylorville for the second time that day in the championship match.

Hailey Engelman led the team in aces (2) and kills (2), while sharing the team lead in assists with Presley Lamb as each posted three. Emily Cress led the team in digs with 14, while Skylar Stewart, Reaghan Jonas and Audrey Sabol all had four total blocks in the match.

The Redskins’ day would end with a rematch with Athens, who fell to Taylorville in their first place semifinal. The second meeting would be similar to the first, but in reverse, as Nokomis won game one 25-12, only to have the Warriors win the next two games 25-16, 10-2.

Addison Dangbar led the team in kills with six, while Hailey Engelman had team-bests in assists (7) and aces (5). Defensively, Emily Cress had 11 digs, while Audrey Sabol had five blocks in the match.

The tournament moved the Redskins to 13-19 on the season as they prepare for round four with the Edinburg Wildcats, the host of this year’s regional tournament. The winner of Monday’s game will play the winner of Monday’s other contest between Lincolnwod and Mt. Olive on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in Edinburg.

October 23 at Pawnee

Pool A Game 1

Nokomis 19 25 10

Athens 25 21 2

Nokomis Statistics

Aces: Hailey Engelman 2, Natalie Engelman 1, Skylar Stewart 1. Kills: Audrey Sabol 6, Hailey Engelman 6, Addison Dangbar 4, Rean Ward 3, Skylar Stewart 3, Presley Lamb 1. Assists: Hailey Engelman 8, Presley Lamb 7, Rean Ward 1. Digs: Emily Cress 13, Natalie Engelman 13, Hailey Engelman 10, Presley Lamb 10, Audrey Sabol 7, Addison Dangbar 5, Skylar Stewart 2. Blocks (Solo/Assist): Skylar Stewart 2/3, Reaghan Jonas 0/3, Addison Dangbar 1/2, Audrey Sabol 0/3, Hailey Engelman 1/0.

Pool A Game 2

Nokomis 25 23 10

Pawnee 20 25 6

Nokomis Statistics

Aces: Addison Dangbar 3, Hailey Engelman 3, Presley Lamb 2, Skylar Stewart 2. Kills: Audrey Sabol 6, Hailey Engelman 4, Addison Dangbar 3, Rean Ward 3, Skylar Stewart 3, Reaghan Jonas 2, Emily Cress 1. Assists: Presley Lamb 5, Hailey Engelman 5, Addison Dangbar 1. Digs: Natalie Engelman 12, Emily Cress 10, Hailey Engelman 9, Presley Lamb 7, Audrey Sabol 6, Addison Dangbar 4, Rean Ward 2, Reaghan Jonas 1. Blocks (Solo/Assist): Audrey Sabol 2/1, Skylar Stewart 0/2, Rean Ward 0/1, Hailey Engelman 0/1, Reaghan Jonas 0/1.

Pool A Game 3

Nokomis 19 25 10

Edinburg 25 23 5

Nokomis Statistics

Aces: Audrey Sabol 2, Presley Lamb 2, Addison Dangbar 1, Hailey Engelman 1, Skylar Stewart 1. Kills: Audrey Sabol 7, Hailey Engelman 6, Skylar Stewart 3, Presley Lamb 1, Rean Ward 1. Assists: Presley Lamb 9, Hailey Engelman 4, Rean Ward 1, Reaghan Jonas 1, Addison Dangbar 1. Digs: Emily Cress 18, Hailey Engelman 14, Addison Dangbar 11, Presley Lamb 11, Natalie Engelman 8, Rean Ward 5, Audrey Sabol 3, Skylar Stewart 2, Reaghan Jonas 1. Blocks (Solo/Assist): Audrey Sabol 2/4, Skylar Stewart 1/3, Reaghan Jonas 0/2, Hailey Engelman 0/2.

First Place Semifinal

Nokomis 14 14

Mendon Unity 25 25

Nokomis Statistics

Aces: Hailey Engelman 2, Skylar Stewart 1. Kills: Hailey Engelman 2, Addison Dangbar 1, Reaghan Jonas 1, Audrey Sabol 1, Skylar Stewart 1, Rean Ward 1. Assists: Presley Lamb 3, Hailey Engelman 3. Digs: Emily Cress 14, Natalie Engelman 6, Hailey Engelman 6, Presley Lamb 5, Audrey Sabo 2, Addison Dangbar 2, Rean Ward 1, Skylar Stewart 1. Blocks (Solo/Assist): Skylar Stewart 0/4, Reaghan Jonas 2/2, Audrey Sabol 1/3, Addison Dangbar 0/1.

Third Place Game

Nokomis 25 16 2

Athens 12 25 10

Nokomis Statistics

Aces: Hailey Engelman 5, Audrey Sabol 1. Kills: Addison Dangbar 6, Audrey Sabol 5, Hailey Engelman 2, Rean Ward 2, Skylar Stewart 1. Assists: Hailey Engelman 7, Presley Lamb 3, Rean Ward 1, Reaghan Jonas 1, Natalie Engelman 1. Digs: Emily Cress 11, Natalie Engelman 9, Addison Dangbar 9, Hailey Engelman 8, Presley Lamb 7, Rean Ward 2. Blocks (Solo/Assist): Audrey Sabol 0/5, Rean Ward 1/1, Hailey Engelman 0/2, Reaghan Jonas 0/2, Skylar Stewart 1/1, Addison Dangbar 0/1, Presley Lamb 0/1.

Record: Nokomis (13-19).

October 23 at Pawnee 

Volleyball Tournament

1st: Taylorville def. Mendon Unity 25-18, 12-25, 25-18

3rd: Athens def. Nokomis 12-25, 25-16, 10-2.

5th: Meridian def. Altamont 18-25, 25-18, 10-7

7th: Edinburg vs. Pawnee

Class 1A Volleyball 

Edinburg Regional

Monday, October 25

Match 1 at 5:30 p.m. - (2) Lincolnwood vs. (14) Mt. Olive

Match 2 at 6:30 p.m. - (8) Edinburg vs. (9) Nokomis

Tuesday, October 26

Match 3 at 5:30 p.m. - (3) South County vs. (12) Ramsey

Match 4 at 6:30 p.m. -  (7) Mt. Pulaski vs. (11) Pawnee

Wednesday, October 27

Match 5 at 5:30 p.m. -  Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2

Match 6 at 5:30 p.m. -  Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4

Thursday, October 28

Match 7 at 6 p.m. -  Winner Match 5 vs. Winner Match 6

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