IVC netters off to perfect season

Justin Miller
Net topper: Laci Peterson prepares to spike the ball in the game with East Peoria.

With play against former Mid-Illini Conference rivals the East Peoria Lady Raiders, Illinois Valley Central opened its volleyball home season Sept. 2.

The Lady Grey Ghosts jumped out strong in the first set, both offensively and defensively, and won the set, 25-7.

During the first set, it seemed that IVC’s defense did not miss a trick, keeping the Raiders’ scoring to a minimum.

The second set was a little closer, with the Ghosts winning by a much smaller margin, 25-23.

During the whole match, IVC’s offense remained strong, as they kept getting good hitting and setting.

For the match, Megan O’Connell and Michelle O’Brien led the team with six kills apiece.

O’Brien also had four blocks for the game, as did Kelsey Brooke.

Chelsy Stumbaugh had the team’s three aces of the night.

“Both teams started out with jitters because of it being the opening game and us playing in the new gym,” IVC head coach Lisa Miller said of the match.

“But eventually, everyone settled down. We fell behind in the second game but kept our composure to come back and take care of it.”

On Thursday, the team traveled to Brimfield for its second game of the week and the season.

IVC won a somewhat close first set by a score of 25-17.

During the set, the Ghosts kept up an early season trend of strong setting and passing, as their offense kept up its electrifying start.

The second set was a little more lopsided, with IVC winning, 25-15, keeping up the strong offensive play.

For the match, O’Brien, Stumbaugh and Abby Velazquez each had one ace.

Laci Peterson had a strong defensive game with four blocks for the match.

“Our passing was good,” Miller said about her team’s strong offensive showing in the early season game. 

“That gives the setters two or three options. I’m very pleased with the passing.  We can do a lot offensively.”

IVC courted Peoria Notre Dame yesterday. On Saturday, the Lady Ghosts host Illini Bluffs at 5 p.m., then take part in the Wethersfield Invitational starting at 8 a.m. Saturday.