IVC volleyball celebrates Senior Night

Justin Miller

Illinois Valley Central's volleyball team honored the senior class with a 25-15, 25-15 win over St. Bede Oct. 9 on Senior Night at home.

"That was a really fun night because it was Senior Night," coach Hillary Haen said. "The girls were super excited and happy to play their final home game. They came out and played a fantastic match.

"Lexi Patty came in to set and did a fantastic job. All the other girls stepped up and played their regular game and it was enough to win."

Before the game, the senior class of Emily Bartlett, Tina Batek, Laura Hedden, Patty and Libby Rutan were honored for their contributions to the program over the course of their high school careers.

"I think they mean everything to this team," Haen said. "They love the team, they love each other and they love volleyball. That combination has made it a special season for everybody including myself. There is no drama on the team so we can just focus on training and playing the sport that we love.

"They are a fantastic group and cool individuals. Not one of them is alike they are all unique. I know they are going to go on to do great things."

Rutan rose to the occasion and led the team with eight kills.

The teams remained close in the first game, with IVC unable to build a lead until late, when the girls pulled away to win.

In the second game, the teams traded leads and shared ties at three, four, six, seven, eight and nine points before the Lady Ghosts began to put some distance between the teams.

The team beat Richwoods, 25-12, 25-12, on the road Thursday.

"We tried out a new lineup and it worked out really well," Haen said. "We put Laura Hedden in the middle and it was good. The girls handled the change well and were confident in their abilities. It was a good win."

Batek fired three aces and 15 digs for the game and Brooke Ratcliff led the squad with 15 assists.

Hedden was a force at the net with two blocks and Amanda Bowen chipped in five kills.

The team next plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Geneseo Regional against the winner of the Galesburg and Monmouth game.

"We want to do a lot of training," Haen said. "We want to get in the mindset of retouching and remembering all those fine skills that we worked on all season. We want to break bad habits, build confidence and get hungry for the first match."