Southwestern’s Halee Smith (4) and North Decatur’s Sami Luttel contest the ball at the net during the sectional on Thursday. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Southwestern’s Halee Smith (4) and North Decatur’s Sami Luttel contest the ball at the net during the sectional on Thursday. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
WESTPORT — Both Southwestern and Switzerland County saw their volleyball seasons end with losses in the Class 2A Sectional at South Decatur on Thursday.

Southwestern suffered a three-set sweep at the hands of tourney favorite North Decatur, falling 25-15, 27-25, 25-15 in the first match while Switzerland County played well but couldn't finish off the win, losing in four sets to South Decatur 21-25, 27-25, 25-23, 25-18.

Southwestern had trouble with with North Decatur's front line all night and that proved to be the difference in the match.

North Decatur (16-7) broke open a close first set with six-straight points to take a 13-7 lead and built it from there, going ahead 18-10 and 23-14 before closing out the 10-point win.

The second set proved to be the closest of the night and Southwestern's best chance at getting a win. After playing even through the first 20 points, North Decatur built a small 18-14 lead before the Rebels rallied, tying the set at 22-22 on a service ace by Kylie Eccles and going ahead 23-22 on a kill from Elle Ford.

North Decatur responded with a kill by Elaina Crites and the two teams traded points before a kill by Sami Luttel and a hitting error by the Rebels ended the set.

The Chargers opened the third set with a 10-3 run and never looked back. Southwestern rallied, getting to within 14-12 on an Eccles kill, but North Decatur responded five-straight points to take control and waltz to the easy win.

Eccles finished the match with nine kills and went 8-for-10 serving with three aces while Ashleigh Ream was 9-for-10 serving and Ford was 8-for-8 serving with two kills. Hayley Fresh was 7-for-7 serving, Kramer was 7-of-9 serving with an ace, Autumn Harmon had eight kills and Marissa Naylor had seven kills.

Haley Gorrell went 16-for-16 serving with two kills for North Decatur while Crites was 14-for-15 serving with two aces. Madelyn Bohman had 10 kills and went 10-for-14 serving while Jenna Geis was 11-of-12 serving with seven kills and Caroline Stapp had seven kills.

Switzerland County dominated the first three sets of its matchup with South Decatur but managed only one win en route to a 3-1 loss.

The Pacers fell behind 3-0 and 8-4 in the first set but rallied with six-straight points behind the serving of Nora Hankins to take the lead and never trailed again. Another long serving run, this one by Jaden Harrell, put the Swiss ahead 21-15 and they closed out the set.

Switzerland had golden opportunities to win the next two sets but lost both in the closing moments. The Pacers led the second set 16-12 before falling behind 22-20. They rallied to force overtime bt lost 27-25.

Switzerland jumped ahead 21-16 in the third set and still led 23-20 when South Decatur scored five-straight points behind the serving of Ali Nobbe to come from behind for the win.

Despite the two losses, Switzerland battled in the third and led 7-5 early before South took control. The Cougars eased ahead 14-11 then built a 22-13 lead before closing out the match.

Harrell had a huge serving game for the Pacers, going 26-for-26 with three aces while Carly Bennett was 22-of-24 serving. Hankins was 11-for-13 serving with two aces and nine kills, Byrd was 9-for-10 serving with an ace, and Hannah Hayes was 7-for-7 serving with five kills.

Brook Somers was 27-for-28 serving with four aces and 10 kills to lead South Decatur while Karma Warren was 15-for-19 serving with two aces. Nobbe was 13-for-13 serving, Lana Bell had 17 kills, Ali Jameson was 13-for-15 serving, and Savannah Bushhorn was 10-for-10 serving with two aces and two kills.

North Decatur will take on South Ripley and South Decatur will face Milan in today's semifinal round.

Southwestern ends the season with a 16-15 record and and graduates four seniors: Fresh, Abby Fulton, Harmon and Halee Smith.

Switzerland ends the season with a 5-15 record and graduates three seniors: Byrd, Brooke Johnson and Keirstan Oeffinger.