FULTON, Ill. — Pulses were racing on both benches as the Prophetstown Prophets fought their way back from a 22-14 deficit to trim Fulton’s lead to 23-22 in their second game of the night. The Prophets had the momentum as the match was winding down, and they were looking to steal the win from Fulton and force another game, while the Steamers wanted to put the Prophets away then and there.
“I always say momentum is 90 percent of the game,” Fulton coach Stacy Germann said.
Fulton needed to find a way to get the ball back in its favor to avoid squandering an earlier great run from the service line earlier by senior Ann Renkes. The Steamers and Prophets went back and forth, digging the ball out and keeping the play alive, Fulton attacking the left side and the Prophets just keeping the ball in the air. Fulton found its opening. Sophomore Camerin Huizenga swung down hard after a great set and got the cross-court kill for the Steamers.
It was then that the Steamers knew they had the game and match on their Senior Night against the visiting Prophets.
“It’s great that we won our Senior Night. It got scary there toward the end,” senior Rachael Beiermann said.
Fellow senior Olivia Edfors also shared her thoughts about the win.
“It was a lot of fun,” she said. “This game was a lot different than other games because you know it’s your last one; it’s your last chance to play on your home court.”
That point from Huizenga put Fulton up 24-22 with the serve and game point, and changed the atmosphere from apprehension to one of certainty that the Steamers were going to win.
“We knew we had to catch up there, and we ended up doing it,” Beiermann said.