Lady Ghosts beat St. Bede

Justin Miller
Amy Berchtold prepares to spike the ball.

The Illinois Valley Central volleyball team had a short yet successful week when they beat St. Bede at home Oct. 12 in three sets.

The Ghosts played the Lady Bruins on the road in September and lost in three sets.

IVC got off to a tough start, despite great play by Jessie Ely, who led the team with 17 kills.

The Ghost defense played lackluster near the start of the game, but IVC stayed competitive by finding holes in the Lady Bruin defense.

St. Bede won, 25-18.

In the second set, the Ghost defense, led by the tremendous net play of Brooke Ratcliff, locked down and prevented St. Bede from racking up as many easy points as the first set.

Offensively, the Ghosts were helped by the unselfish passing and play of Marci Fletcher, and took a 25-19 victory.

In the final set, the Ghosts came out of the gates strong.

Rachel Grochowsky moved the ball around so that her teammates could get good looks at the holes in the Lady Bruin defense.

Ashley Kluge made sure that St. Bede’s hitters did not have any easy chances to score.

The Ghosts won, 25-16.

“The girls played a good game, coach Lisa Miller said. “It was an exciting game that went down to the wire and we played well enough to get the win in the end.”

The Ghosts played Tuesday against Mendota on senior night in the final home game of the regular season.

IVC (16-11) next plays Thursday at 6 p.m. at Spring Valley Hall in the final game of the regular season.