O’Fallon volleyball falls in Sectional finals


Gabe Norsigian (left) and Bryce Backhus stretch for the block against Edwardsville in the sectionals semi-finals. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Katherine Murray)

The O’Fallon Panthers boys volleyball team advanced several rounds in the hunt for the Illinois High School Association state title before falling to Frankfort Lincoln-Way East at the finals for the Edwardsville area sectionals on June 2.

In their first round of competition, the second-seeded Panthers took on the Waterloo Gibault Hawks on Tuesday, May 23 at Belleville East High School. The Panthers made quick work of the evening, defeating the Hawks 25-17, 25-10. Unable to rest for long, O’Fallon faced their next challenge the following evening against Althoff. Though the Panthers started the first set with a one-point deficit due to a forgotten jersey. The slow start didn’t keep them down for long, however, and the Panthers rolled over Althoff 25-22, 25-15.

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