IVC volleyball team keeps crushing foes

Justin Miller

With the regular season rapidly approaching the end, the Illinois Valley Central volleyball team is still going strong during the best regular season in school history.

The Ghosts headed to North Central Illinois Conference rival Princeton Oct. 1 and won, 26-24, 23-25, 25-17.

"That was a super fun game," coach Hillary Haen said. "We came out firing in the opening game and we did a very good job of blocking and putting balls away.

"Laura Hedden did a great job of shutting them down and was probably our MVP for that game. She performed at a higher level than I've seen this season. It was exciting and cool to see the girls be challenged and then push back when the opponent pushes at us."

The Lady Ghosts took down Spring Valley, 25-5, 25-13, Oct. 2 on the road.

"It was a great game," Haen said. "We got to get a lot of our bench in the game, so that was fun for me as a coach. It was a fun night overall. They were doing a fundraiser for the March of Dimes and everyone in the audience was decked out in purple. It was a fun atmosphere."

Erika Koch led the squad with three kills.

The team next plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at Peoria Richwoods.

"It's definitely important to get road wins on back to back nights with Regionals coming up," Haen said. "We will have about a week and a half to two week break. I'm extremely excited about that. At first, I was nervous when I saw the schedule, but now I'm excited.

"My girls are super ready to train. We have talked about how hard we need to prepare these next few weeks. There has been such a fire with the girls to get back on the court and show teams what they have worked on after they are off. We will work on building up our shots and our movement and just getting ready to get out and play."