FULTON, Ill. — The Fulton Steamers ended their volleyball regular season with a win against the Sherrard Tigers on Senior Night on Thursday.
"We had a rough game against Riverdale Tuesday night and a hard practice yesterday and talked about how we need to move our feet," Coach Stacy Germann said. "If we move our feet and get under the ball we'll be all right."
The Steamers took the first set 25-20, then dominated play against the Tigers and took set two 25-15, a kill sealing the match for the Steamers.
Brooke Huizenga and Emily Schipper led the front-row attack for Fulton with six kills apiece, with Daekota Knott pitching in five more. Knott also had six of the team's 12 blocks.
Kearra Kohrt led the back-row effort with 10 digs, and Huizenga pitched in seven more.
"We knew going into this game we could beat them, we just had to get our block up," Huizenga said. "I thought our blocks were really good tonight, so was our defense."
Huizenga was one of the seniors recognized before the game for Senior Night.
"It feels really good," Huizenga said. "It was our last time playing on our home court, and we were pumped up before the game and we knew we had to get the win.
The other senior was Rachael Huizenga, who had three kills and a block on the night.
"Brooke and Rachael both did a great job," Gernmann said. "Both of them are captains and have led our team well. They played on two really good teams and they have big shoes to fill. I'm proud of everything they've done. They've committed themselves since second grade to the volleyball program, and I was really glad to see them have success tonight."
The Steamers have a tournament this weekend, then start postseason play Monday against Prophetstown.
"I was glad to see our great crowd and stands filled," Germann said. "It adds fuel to the fire.
"Not an easy schedule, but we're going to keep doing our scouting reports. We're going to have to play our best games."
Eastland downs West Carroll
SAVANNA, Ill. — West Carroll lost in two sets to Eastland on Thursday night, 25-19, 25-7.
Katie Krogman had seven kills for Eastland, with another four coming from Sage Walrath. Erin Henzy and Erica Damban each had 10 assists on the night.
Jordan Miller led the back row with nine digs and also had six service aces.
Prophetstown beats Hall
PROPHETSTOWN, Ill. — The Prophetstown Lady Prophets won a varsity match in three sets against Spring Valley Hall on Wednesday night.
Prophetstown took the first set 25-22 but let the second set sway in favor of Spring Valley 25-16. The Lady Prophets battled back to take the third set in extra points, 29-27.
Olivia-Hope Toppert led with eight kills, followed by Dena Johnson with seven and Emily Brooks with six. Johnson also had six blocks, as did Maddie Fouts.
Taylor Swanson led the back row with 16 digs.