On Nov. 2-4, the Bethel Lutheran School volleyball team participated in the 24-team Illinois Lutheran state volleyball championship tournament at various sites in the Springfield area.
On Nov. 2, the Flames started pool play with a 25-15, 25-13 win over Mattoon St John.
Brandi Bisping had 11 kills and Maggie Brennan 10, while Katie Adams paced the Flames with 21 assists.
Later in the afternoon, the Flames continued pool play with a 25-12, 25-9 victory over East Dundee Immanuel.
Brennan served up five aces and 15 points, Bisping had 11 kills and Adams delivered 18 assists as Bethel Lutheran marched ahead.
On the morning of Nov. 3, the Flames concluded pool play with 25-12, 25-16 victory over Chicago-Pilgrim.
Brennan served up four aces and 12 points, Bisping eight kills, and Adams nine assists in a match that saw all players get involved.
The Flames won their pool without losing a game, and advanced to the state quarterfinals.
On the afternoon of Nov. 3, Bethel Lutheran again came out firing with a 25-10, 25-18 victory.
Bisping had 11 kills, Hannah Johnson served for nine points, Adams had 18 assists and Jessica Brisbin two blocks to pave the way to the final four.
In the semifinals, Bethel came up short in three sets against Trinity Stewardson, 19-25, 25-15, 17-25.
Bethel rallied from an 11-0 deficit to get within four points, but eventually came up short.
Bisping had 19 kills, Brennan 12 and Adams 28 assists.
On Nov. 4, Bethel finished off its year with a hard-fought 25-22, 25-19 victory over Our Savior Springfield to bring home its second consecutive Lutheran state third-place trophy.
Brennan had 12 kills, Brisbin three blocks and Adams distributed 22 assists in the win.
Brennan and Bisping were named to the all-tournament team.
Coach Phil McMurtrey said of the season, “It has been a blessing to work with this group, and their results are an extension of the attitude and effort they have exhibited during their time here at Bethel. Our five eighth grade girls really leave a strong legacy of how to compete the right way, and it has been my privilege to work with them.”
The Flames registered a school-record 24 wins against five losses.