Lady Ghosts volleyball keep winning

Justin Miller
The Illinois Valley Central Lady Ghost volleyball team comes together to celebrate success in a match during the Eureka Tournament.

Illinois Valley Central’s volleyball team continued its streak of demolishing teams when it headed to Peoria Notre Dame Sept. 6 and won in three sets.

“They have had our number for the last few years and we finally got them this time,” coach Lisa Miller said. “Our defense is made up of scrappy players who refuse to let anything hit the floor. I think that frustrated Notre Dame.”

The first set was not even close as the Ghosts quickly demonstrated their superior skills by passing the ball around to get the best possible shot at the Irish defense.

Brooke Ratcliff led the team with 23 assists.

IVC won the opening set, 25-7.

Peoria Notre Dame woke up in the second set and used strong defense to keep plays alive longer than the first set.

The Irish offense blasted shots at the Ghosts to build a lead late in the set.

Despite Laura Hedden leading the team with seven digs, won, 25-20.

In the third set, Rachel Rutan helped the team get back on track by blasting the ball at Peoria Notre Dame defenders.

Rutan led the team with two aces.

Emily Bartlett finished plays by sending volleys flying at Irish defenders too fast for them to block.

Bartlett led the team with eight kills.

With a win on the line, the team banded together to overcome the Irish.

IVC pulled away near the end of the set to win, 25-18.

The team headed to Glasford Thursday and dominated Illini Bluffs in two sets.

“Illini Bluffs is another team that we have kind of struggled with in the past,” Miller said. “That night was not one of our best evenings and we had several unforced errors and blocking was a real problem. Our offense picked up our defense.”

Both sides were evenly matched throughout the first set, with both teams trading leads and points back and forth.

Eventually, the Ghosts were able to build enough of a lead to win the set, 25-23.

Illini Bluffs did not back down in the second set and fans of both teams once again witnessed a thrilling display of talent from each side.

Hedden again continually launched volleys at the Illini Bluff defenders and led the team with nine kills for the game.

Again, the teams traded points and leads through the early goings and the set remained close until the very end.

IVC eventually grabbed a 25-23 win.

The team headed to Kewanee Saturday and finished third in the Kewanee-Weathersfield Invitational.

The Lady Ghosts dominated every team in their pool play to win their pool.

IVC, however, lost in the semi-finals to Orion.

The team next plays at 5 p.m. Thursday at home against Peoria Central.

IVC will need to continue its blend of potent offense with defensive hustle in order to keep winning games and crushing opponents.