With the season winding down, the Lady Ghost volleyball team heated things up last week with a dominant win over the Rock Falls Rockets on senior night Oct. 20.


With the season winding down, the Lady Ghost volleyball team heated things up last week with a dominant win over the Rock Falls Rockets on senior night Oct. 20.

Illinois Valley Central honored seniors Kelsey Brooke, Abby Velazquez, Amanda Wilson, Erma O’Brien and Laci Peterson.

“They have really been an excellent group of girls,” coach Lisa Miller said. “They are a bunch of nice, dedicated girls who love volleyball and love helping the younger girls. They were a lot of fun to work with and will be missed.”

IVC started the North Central Illinois Conference game by coming out composed on offense.

Smart passes gave the team quality looks at the Rockets' defense, allowing the team to take good shots.

The Rocket offense, however, was not without skills of its own and kept the Ghosts from getting too comfortable a lead.

IVC took the opening game, 25-15.

In the second game, the Ghost defense locked down tighter on the Rockets and committed fewer mistakes.

On offense, the Ghosts used the match-high nine kills by Peterson, Brooke and O’Brien to take advantage of the Rockets.

IVC won the game, 25-13, to win the match and clinch a part of the team’s second straight conference title.

“I thought we played a really good game to clinch the title,” Miller said.

The Ghosts took on their second conference opponent of the week Thursday when they headed to Mendota.

The teams were equally matched, which became evident early in the first game, as both teams traded scores and leads.

Both teams fired on all cylinders and kept the other from pulling away by playing lockdown defense and stellar offense.

The Lady Ghosts pulled away at the end and took the opener, 25-22.

In the second match, the teams played as fiercely as they did in the opener, with possessions stretching out until one team could sneak a shot past the other.

Brooke’s match-high 11 kills helped the Ghost offense put up points on the stingy Trojan defense.

Neither team would relinquish the necessary two-point lead needed to win when 25 points was reached, and the match continued until one team could overcome the other.

In the end, the Ghost offense created better scoring opportunities, thanks to skillful passing, and
IVC won the game, 27-25, to win the conference outright.

“Mendota is a very strong team, and we had heard that they were gunning for us, which motivated the girls even more,” Miller said.

The Ghosts took part in the Riverfront Classic Tournament hosted by Quincy Notre Dame Friday to end the regular season.

IVC battled Columbia Friday to open the tournament.

The Ghosts used the match-high 12 kills from Brooke to win the first game, 25-21.

In the second game, the Ghosts were forced to play catch up due to defensive lapses and fast offensive scores by Columbia.

IVC lost, 25-22.

The Ghost defense locked down on Columbia in the third game, and the offense created scoring opportunities with smart passes.

IVC won, 15-6.

In the second round, IVC took on Hartem.

The net play of IVC kept Hartem from slipping shots in on the Ghosts, and IVC used mental mistakes by Hartem to rack up points, leading to a 25-17 IVC win.

The Ghosts won, 25-17.

Hartem played smarter in the second game by cleaning up mental mistakes and showing offensive life.

In the end, the Ghosts used the eight Peterson kills to take a 26-24 victory.

On Saturday, the Ghosts began play in the gold bracket by taking on A-C Centra.

The teams were evenly matched in the first game, with possessions lasting longer than usual, as both teams struggled to overcome the other’s defense.

IVC took a close 26-24 win.

In the second game, the Ghosts were outmatched as the defense lapsed and offense struggled to put up points.

IVC lost, 25-13.

In the final game, the teams were again on the same page and both had problems cracking the other defense’s code.

On offense, both teams used smart passes to take long looks at the other’s defense.

In the end, the Ghosts were outmatched and lost, 15-13.

The Ghosts took on Duchesne in the first round of the consolation semifinals.

The Duchesne defense was as hard to crack as that of A-C Centra, and the Ghost offense had trouble putting points up on it.

The Ghost defense did not slouch, but Duchesne was able to figure it out enough to grab a 25-22 win.

IVC’s offense had trouble putting up points in the second game, despite Brooke’s match-high six kills.

The Ghosts lost, 25-16.

IVC then took on Bloomington Central Catholic in the seventh-place game.

Junior Jessie Ely led the offensive charge with her match-high 11 kills as the Lady Ghosts used teamwork to overcome the Bloomington defense.

IVC won, 25-12.

In the second game, the Ghosts dominated Bloomington by taking advantage of mental mistakes while cutting down on their own mistakes.

IVC won seventh place, out of 32 teams, with a 25-9 victory.

“I was really proud of the team’s performance in the tournament,” Miller said.

IVC (9-1) next plays Kewanee or Fieldcrest in the first round of the Regional at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday at Wenona.