A perfect start to netters’ season

Justin Miller
No. 1: The Illinois Valley Central High School varsity volleyball team netted first place in an eight-team tournament Saturday in Kewanee.

This varsity girls volleyball season could not have started out stronger, or more perfect.

Last week the IVC girls varsity volleyball team improved their record for the year by two victories over Peoria Notre Dame and Illini Bluffs and winning the Kewanee Wethersfield Invitational Tournament.

On Sept. 9, the Lady Ghosts took on Peoria Notre Dame in their first of two home matches for the week.

The team won their first set in a photo finish as they squeaked by, 25-22.

The second set saw the girls play a much stronger game as they won 25-10.

For the game, Amanda Wilson had two aces and MacKenzie Cox had a service ace.

Kelsey Brooke led the team with four kills and Michelle O’Brien had three.

Brooke also led the game defensively with three blocks.

“It wasn’t the best played game but we were able to get the job done,” coach Lisa Miller stated.

On Thursday, the Lady Ghosts continued their already perfect season as they played at home against Illini Bluffs.

The Ghosts played a very strong game as they won the first match 25-17 and the second match 25-16.

For the game, Wilson and O’Brien led the team with one ace apiece.

O’Brien and Brooke each had seven kills a piece.  Megan O’Connell, Jessie Ely, and Morgan

Harney each had four kills apiece as the team got a high amount of offensive diversity.

O’Brien also contributed with her best defensive game of the season as she led the team with ten blocks.

Ely contributed with a strong defensive game of her own as she had five blocks.

“We executed very well offensively and defensively,” Miller said. “I’m pleased with how we have so many girls contributing with kills and service points. We are a pretty all around team.”

On Saturday the Lady Ghosts participated in the Kewanee Wethersfield Invitational Tournament.

The tournament included 8 teams that were split into two pools, with sets going to 21 instead of 25 and the third set, if needed, going to 15.

In pool play, IVC won its first game over Aledo, winning the first and third set, by scores of 21-22 for the first set, and 15-10 for the third set.

IVC then won its second game of the pool over Wethersfield by scores of 21-8 and 21-15.

The third game of the pool, IVC lost to Prophetstown, by scores of 23-21 and 21-18.

After pool play, the girls went on to play Orion in the semi-finals, winning their first and third sets by scores of 21-19 and 15-13.

The Lady Ghosts then got a chance to make up for their earlier tournament loss to Prophetstown by playing Prophetstown in the championship game.

The Ghosts swept the game in two sets by winning 21-11 and 21-9 to win the tournament.

Brooke and O’Brien were both named to the six person all-tournament team.

The girls are not only gelling strongly on offense but also on defense as they keep up their early season trend of dominating team play.

The Lady Ghosts played Tuesday at home against Princeton.