The Steamers had their own issues with their serve-receive, which allowed the Prophets back into the second game after Renkes’ run.
“It was very nerve-racking, especially when she (Prophetstown server) mixed it up a bit,” Fulton senior Marla Stoecker said. “The server had a really good floater, and I did not read it well at all.”
The perseverance the Steamers showed in the first game, clawing their way into the win, showed once more at the end of the second game as they rattled off the final two points on two hard-hit kills from Huizenga and Leonard to seal the victory.
The Steamers will have plenty to take from their win over Prophetstown as they head into their final tournament this weekend and then regionals next week with a desire to go far in the tournament.
“We came from behind, and that hasn’t been very characteristic for us this year,” Germann said. “A time that you want it to start showing is toward the postseason. So it was nice to see that we could dig our heels in and come from behind and end up with a win.”
FULTON 25-25, PROPHETSTOWN 23-22
Kills — Prophetstown, Karlie Stafford 10, Claire Milnes 6; Fulton, Betsy Leonard 7, Caamerin Huizenga 5, Chelsea Lesniewski 4, Rachael Beiermann 4. Assists — Prophetstown, Kate Fringer 18, Katlyn Shirley 1; Fulton, Beiermann 11, Olivia Edfors 7. Digs — Prophetstown, Clare Kramer 8, Fringer 6, Stafford 5; Fulton, Lesniewski 8, Averi Leitzen 7, Marla Stoecker 7. Blocks – Prophetstown, Adams 1, Kali Fetrow 1; Fulton, Leonard 2, Kerrigan Enloe 1. Ace serves — Prophetstown, Kramer 1, Shirley 1; Fulton, Ann Renkes 8, Lesniewski 1.
Sophomores — Fulton won 26-24, 17-25, 15-8. Note — Fulton won the conference title and finished the season with a 30-5 record.
Freshmen — Fulton won 25-16, 25-9.