Netters split for week

Justin Miller
Hannah Scherer, left, and Brooke Ratcliff, right, block an opponent at the net.

The Illinois Valley Central volleyball team took down another foe last week, but opened the week with a two-set loss to Princeton on the road Sept. 13.

“It comes back to blocking or our lack of it,” coach Lisa Miller said. “We have trouble in transition from defense to offense.

That’s been a weakness all year and we really need to improve there.”

The Tigers started the game firing on all cylinders offensively and, despite great defensive hustle from Rachel Grochowsky, continued to rack up points.

Princeton took the first set, 25-18.

The teams were evenly matched in the second set, with both sides trading points and leads throughout the set.

Brooke Ratcliff tried to keep the Tigers from blasting too many volleys past the Ghost defense, but the offensive power of Princeton proved too much for IVC.

Princeton won, 25-20.

The team rebounded Thursday when Peoria Central came to town for a two-set IVC victory.

Laura Hedden helped control the game from the start of the first set by smacking volleys at the Central defenders.

Hedden led the team with eight kills.

Hannah Scherer helped the squad out by launching shots over the net that Central had no chance at stopping.

Scherer led the team with four aces.

IVC took the opening set, 25-13.

In the second set, the defensive hustle of Grochowsky and Libby Rutan helped the Ghosts to keep Central from taking easy shots.

Grochowsky and Rutan led the team with three digs each.

Thanks to great net play from Hedden and Ratcliff, the Ghosts were able to pull away and win the set, 25-10.

IVC next plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at home against St. Bede.

“We will have Emily Bartlett back this week,” Miller said. “She was out because of a concussion.”