Volleyball keeps winning

Justin Miller
Hannah Scherer waits at the net during the Eureka Tournament.

After finishing third in the Eureka Tournament Aug. 27, the Illinois Valley Central volleyball team has been rolling through opponents.

The team started the week by taking down East Peoria on the road Aug. 30 in two sets.

The Ghosts started the game by taking the Raiders down, 25-16, in the first set.

Defensively, Brooke Ratcliff and Erika Koch combined to shut down East Peoria’s star player, Shelby Lauterbach, and create a stone wall at the net.

The team had a little easier time in the second set as the Lady Ghosts won, 25-14.

Rachel Grochowsky’s speed and hustle helped the Ghosts build a lead over the Raiders and IVC pulled away late in the set.

The Ghosts next played Limestone on the road Aug. 31 and won in a three set game.

IVC took the lead in the first set when Laura Hedden continually launched volleys at Rocket defenders and won, 25-18.

In the second set, Hannah Scherer tried to keep the Rockets from building a lead and led the team with five blocks.

The Ghosts, however, could not keep up with Limestone’s scoring and fell, 17-25.

With the game on the line, the teams faced off in the sudden death final set.

Ratcliff was all over the court making passes to open teammates and ended up leading the squad with 17 assists.

Grochowsky’s hustle was apparent again when her heads-up play led to her leading the Ghosts with three digs.

Despite several great shots by Limestone, the Ghost defense held the team to single digit points and, behind Libby Rutan’s lightning fast aces, IVC won, 25-9.

Rutan led the team with three aces.

Thursday night saw the team battling Brimfield at home.

The team took down Brimfield, 25-15 and 25-16 Thursday night at home.

Emily Bartlett led the team with nine kills for the game.

The team next plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at Illini Bluffs.