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Kahok boys spikers split games to start spring season

By Mark Jurgena

The second season of boys varsity volleyball at Collinsville High School got underway on March 21 with a long trip to Jackson, Mo. to face Saxony Lutheran.

CHS returned with a tough five-set defeat by scores of 25-13, 25-15, 23-25, 18-25, and 17-15.

The Kahoks had five match points in game five but couldn’t complete the comeback.

In Missouri, they play a best three-of-five format instead of the best two-of-three played in Illinois.

“They took care of us pretty handily in the first two, which was kind of expected because I’ve got three guys that had never played a volleyball game before,” said CHS coach Mike Nichols. “Then we battled back in sets three and four. It was a nice bounce back, it was a loss but we were proud of our bounce back in that one.”

CHS 25-25 Granite City 12-14

On March 23, the Kahoks hosted Granite City and beat the Warriors 25-12, 25-14.

“We looked pretty solid against Granite City,” said Nichols.

Tyrone Ealy led CHS with 11 kills while John Carl had seven and Jack Geisen had six.

Luke Geisen had 23 assists on the night. 

Nichols complimented both Jake Wilkinson and Stanley Carnahan for their improvement in the middle.

Upcoming Schedule

CHS hosted Alton (Marquette) Monday and a brand new program in Waterloo (Gibault) Wednesday however results were unavailable at press time.

Tonight they host Belleville East in their Southwestern Conference opener. 

The Lancers were 5-1-1 before the week started with a three-set loss to Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier) and a tie with Rockford (Jefferson). They met both those teams at their own Lancer Invite over the weekend.

They travel to Edwardsville Tuesday night.

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