Lady Grey Ghosts battle at Pekin Invitational

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
IVC seniors Hannah Scherer, left, and Katelyn Heinz were selected to the all-tournament team at the Pekin Invitational.

In two Corn Belt Conference away matches, the IVC varsity volleyball team league record was dropped to 5-6 after the losses.

The Lady Grey Ghosts gathered momentum in the Pekin Invitational Saturday to earn fourth. 

At Olympia

The Lady Grey Ghosts began their six-game road trip with a Corn Belt Conference match at Olympia. IVC fell in two sets, 25-15, 25-21.

Senior Hannah Scherer and freshman Madi Johnson had four kills apiece.

Serving for aces 

were juniors Kylie Milliken and Maddy Batek with one apiece.

Johnson was close at the net and jumping for five blocks while Batek was also on the defense to finish with four digs.

Assisting for IVC’s points was senior Katelyn Heinz finishing with 13 assists.

IVC won its junior varsity match, 25-14, 25-12 and the freshman team won, 25-10, 25-7.

At BCC

To kick start the second half of the conference season, IVC received a loss at Bloomington Central Catholic Thursday, 25-15, 25-12.

The Saints were able to hold IVC on offensive attacks in the two sets. Senior Olivia Parrott was limited to just three kills to lead the Lady Grey Ghosts and Heinz had the lone ace.

Batek led with six kills and Parrott and freshman Casy Grove posted one block apiece.

The IVC sophomore squad lost, 25-16, 25-18, and the freshman won, 25-22, 25-22.

Pekin Invite

In a mid-season tournament Saturday, the Lady Grey Ghosts challenged some of the area’s top-ranked teams and were able to work their way to the third-place match at the Pekin Invitational.

It didn’t take long for IVC to earn its first win. Against Urbana, IVC put together the offensive plays for a 25-14, 25-13 win.

Heinz had a tourney-high 21 assists with Scherer at the net for nine kills.

Leading in aces was Batek with three and with digs after completing seven. Shayna VanOstrand finished with three blocks.

In a three-set battle against Hartsburg-Emden, the Lady Grey Ghosts pulled through in the first, lost the second but held onto the lead in the third to win, 25-19, 18-25, 15-8.

Heinz was at the front again for 17 assists with VanOstrand taking them for nine kills. Scherer closed out with three aces.

Parrott was able to put down H-E with five blocks and Heinz and Batek posted eight digs apiece.

In its third match, IVC fell to tournament champions Sacred Heart Griffin in two sets, 25-15, 25-15.

Scherer was held to just five kills and Heinz pulled off six assists.

Batek received five digs to help the defense against the Cyclones.

In the semifinals, second place Dee-Mack put down the Lady Grey Ghosts, 25-14, 25-11.

Scherer put together for four kills and Heinz finished with nine assists. IVC was held to zero aces.

Scherer also led in blocks with three and Heinz put together four blocks.

Battling with Eureka in the third-place match, IVC fell short in three sets, 25-20, 19-25, 25-19.

Fifteen assists from Heinz weren’t enough to help set IVC for the win. Scherer was held to six kills. 

Batek had a tourney-high 17 digs to prevent Eureka kills getting through.

After all was decided for the day-long tournament, Scherer and Heinz were selected to the all-tournament team.

IVC junior Briana Cline puts a set into the air earlier this season.