From staff reports

WARRENSBURG, Mo. - The Lockwood High School volleyball team, already assured of its best finish in the Class 1 MSHSAA Championships, can achieve the ultimate today at Central Missouri State University.

The Lady Tigers, 30-3-4 after Friday's round-robin semifinal results, face Bell City (25-9-1) for the championship at 1:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building.

Lockwood split its games 22-25, 25-22 with Bell City. It also tied Eminence 25-22, 23-25, and swept Crest Ridge 25-18, 25-14.

Eminence (21-11-1) and Crest Ridge (26-9-1) settle third place at 10 a.m.

The Lady Tigers, in their first year under Lockwood graduates Marla Wilson (a senior in 1993) and Amy Eggerman (1998), will be going for their first title. Lockwood placed third once and fourth twice for long-time coach Cheryl Shores.

Said assistant Eggerman: "We have the potential to play a lot better. Defensively, we can improve. We also made a few silly mistakes.

"Our games with Bell City obviously were very close. Bell City has a very strong defense.''

Leslie Galer and Stefany Mayden, both 5-foot-11, paced Lockwood in blocks. Galer had 8 against Crest Ridge, 7 against Eminence and 10 against Bell City. Mayden had three against Crest Ridge and five against Bell City.

Lockwood, against Crest Ridge, received six kills from Galer, four kills from Megan Cornish, eight digs from Lane Schilling, 10 points and five kills from Mayden, eight points and six assists from Kara Oney and nine assists and eight digs from Brandi Abbiatti.

Schilling had 17 digs and Oney 13 assists against Eminence. Galer added 14 kills, Cornish 16 digs, Mayden 11 kills and Abbiatti 12 assists.

Abbiatti, against Bell City, added 10 assists and four kills. Galer had 11 kills, Oney nine assists, Mayden five kills, Schilling 12 digs and Cornish three kills and 10 digs.

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