Volleyball beats Spring Valley

Justin Miller

The Illinois Valley Central volleyball team started the week with a dominant victory over Spring Valley Hall at home Oct. 5.

The North Central Illinois Conference game started with the Ghosts and Red Devils playing tight and efficient.

“The girls played very well that night and it seems that the fewer errors we have the better we play,” coach Lisa Miller said.  “We had a nice offensive performance and our defense did a great job too. It was a very good game for us overall.”

Rachel Rutan found holes in the Red Devil defense and was able to exploit them to rack up five kills for the game.

Thanks to the net presence of Brooke Ratcliff, the Ghosts were able to keep Hall from blasting too many shots.

The Ghosts won the first set, 25-19.

In the second set, both teams again played at full speed and would not let the other side jump to a strong lead.

Jessie Ely capitalized on great passing from her teammates to put five kills in for the game.

The Ghosts won, 25-20.

“After a great game Tuesday, we took another two steps backwards Thursday,” Miller said.

IVC headed to Princeton Thursday for their second conference game of the week.

“We had more errors than scoring chances,” Miller said. “We just weren’t consistent again, and that’s something that we have struggled with all year.”

In the first game, the Ghost offense stumbled out of the gates by failing to capitalize on the few scoring chances that they got.

Defensively, IVC’s errors kept them from running smoothly, and helped Princeton to pull away with a 25-14 victory.

In the second set, the Ghost offense began to play smoother and committed fewer errors.

Despite the improved efficiency, the Ghosts fell, 25-18.

The Ghosts (15-11, 3-4) next play at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against Mendota.

“They’ve put a lot of pressure on themselves because of the success that we had last year,” Miller said. “We decided at the last practice that everybody here loves this game, and we’re just going to go out and do our best without putting too much pressure on ourselves. We need to just go out and play without worrying about the errors and consistency and everything should take care of itself.”

The conference game is also senior night.

Seniors Shya Kohler, Amy Berchtold, Ashley Kluge, Marci Fletcher and Ely will be honored before the game for their commitment to the program.

“They have had quite a bit of experience, so they have been great leaders showing the younger girls how things work at the varsity level,” Miller said. “They are a very hard working group that has great leadership skills.”