Eagles volleyball knocked out of playoffs

Adam Larck
Jaeden Barlow, 12, spikes the ball over an IVC defender during their Regional match on Oct. 25. The Eagles won, 25-23, 25-18.

The Dunlap volleyball team’s season ended Thursday on a 25-23, 25-23 loss to Rock Island.

“Rock Island is a good team,” Dunlap coach Jennifer Bartlett said.

In both the first and second set, Dunlap led, 21-20, before a few key mistakes cost the Eagles the game.

Jamie Nichting had eight kills on the night, while Jaeden Barlow and Audrey Cramer had seven. Nichting and Barlow also had a block apiece.

Elizabeth Finerty had 24 assists and 11 digs.

On Oct. 25, the Eagles handled Illinois Valley Central volleyball in two sets to advance to the Regional finals, 25-23, 25-18.

In the first set, the Grey  Ghosts led 18-11 in the first set before Dunlap went on a 12-1 run to take a 23-19 lead.

“I’m beginning to think that they really love to come back,” Bartlett said.

IVC would pull back to within one at 24-23, but the Eagles finally got one more point to clinch the first set.

Overall, senior Jaeden Barlow finished with six blocks, six digs and five kills for the team.

“We just tried to line up on their hitting arm and stuff them,” she said. “As we got going in the flow of it, I started to press (on the net) more.”

Meanwhile, Nichting, Brooke Langan and Cramer each had five kills, while Finerty had 18 assists.

Barlow had two aces, and Danielle Peterson had 12 digs.