It was a tough start, but a great end for the Litchfield High School volleyball team at the Montgomery County Invitational, which took place September 10-11 in Hillsboro and Raymond. The Panthers would go 0-3 in the pool, but rebounded the next day to go 2-0 in the Copper Flight to take 13th place.
Playing in the Hope Pool at Lincolnwood Multipurpose Gymnasium, Litchfield drew a tough group with future champion Staunton, seventh-place South County and a young but talented team from Lincolnwood JV, who replaced Auburn after the Trojans took over. been unable to participate.
The Crimson Panthers started off with their toughest test, Staunton, who lived up to his reputation as a South Central Conference favorite and beat the Panthers 25-14, 25-12.
Next for Litchfield was South County, who beat Lincolnwood JV 25-11, 25-17 just before the game with the Panthers. Back-to-back games didn’t slow down the Vipers much as they took out Litchfield 25-17, 25-21.
Staunton improved to 2-0 with a 25-13, 25-11 victory over the Young Lancers, who would be Litchfield’s next opponent. Perhaps giving a glimpse of their potential in the future, the Lincolnwood JV team managed to upset the Purple Panthers, 25-16, 25-23 to claim their first victory of the tournament.
With the loss, Litchfield switched to Copper Flight, while Lincolnwood’s JV moved to Bronze Flight. In the last Hope Pool game, Staunton defeated South County in an unbeaten tournament battle to earn a spot on Gold Flight, while the Vipers moved on to Silver Flight.
The Panthers rebounded with a strong performance on Saturday, September 11 at Hillsboro Junior High for the Copper Flight.
After Father McGivney defeated Greenview in Game 1 of the Flight, Litchfield claimed his first tournament victory by beating Mt. Olive.
In the game against the Griffins, Litchfield earned his second tournament victory and took 13th place over the Glen Carbon-based Parish School. In the game for 15th place, Mt. Olive defeated Greenview for his first Grace-Filled Tourney victory.