FULTON, Ill. — Fulton Coach Stacy Germann said she was happy with the way her team looked against the Orion Chargers on Tuesday, but mental lapses aided the loss.
“We played a heck of a lot stronger than the last time we met them,” Germann said. Orion is ranked 16th in Class 2A, according to MaxPreps. “Last time, we kind of just rolled over and died. We came out and played hard, but we had lapses where we would make mistakes and get hung up on them.”
The Steamers played close with the Chargers in the first set, but Orion went on a run and ultimately took the first set 25-17. The momentum stayed in favor of the Chargers going into the second set.
“We got too far behind on mistakes,” Germann said.
The Chargers came out and dominated play in the first half of the second set. With the score sitting 16-8, Germann called a timeout to get her team together.
“I told them to stop feeling sorry for yourselves. You’re going to make mistakes and you can’t get hung up on that,” Germann said. “I told them to find some energy. I told our bench to be loud out there. They play better when we have energy.”
Although the Steamers came out with that energy, they couldn’t dig out of the hole and dropped the second set 25-17, giving Orion the victory.
“They have a top-notch team. We made some great adjustments and dug up a lot of hits that we just did not last time,” Germann said. “I was proud of my team for that; we just have to be mentally tougher.”
Emily Schipper and Brooke Huizenga led the Steamers in kills with five each. Daekota Knott had seven of the team’s 11 blocks on the night.
“Daekota did a really good job, and Megan (Bailey) came up for us,” Germann said. Bailey pitched in an additional three blocks. “We have a very strong middle team. They set it up really well against them.”
Kylee Sweenie had seven assists, while Kearra Kohrt led the back row with six digs. Brooke Huizenga pitched in another five.
Irish lose in 4 games
CLINTON—Prince of Peace picked up its first set win but dropped a varsity match to Cedar Valley Christian on its Senior Night.
Prince of Peace dropped the first two sets 25-13 and 25-12. They came back to win 25-20. The Knights came back to win a close set four 25-19.
Anabel Blount led the Irish on multiple fronts, including 12 kills, 24 defensive digs and five service aces. Freshman Grace Dehner went 20-for-20 from the service line. Isabel Hansen had 20 assists for the Irish, and Emma Kuehl had five solo blocks.
Erie sweeps past Fillies
ERIE, Ill. — In back-to-back close games, Erie defeated Morrison 25-23, 25-20 on Tuesday in Three Rivers Conference volleyball.
Grace Steines and Kaylee Shetler each had seven kills to lead Morrison, and Emily Szabo added six. Ally Noble recorded 16 assists for the Fillies, and MacKenzie Petkus and Kate Vos each had a service ace.
On defense, Petkus (12) and Madison Steines (11) were the leaders in digs, and Szabo had the lone block.
Prophetstown loses on road
PRINCETON, Ill. — Princeton handed Prophetstown a 25-15, 25-18 loss in Three Rivers Conference volleyball Tuesday night.
Dena Johnson had a big all-around night for the Prophets. She led the team with six kills and six digs, and also delivered one of the team’s two ace serves.
Hannah McKinney had the other ace, and she also led the team with 12 assists.
Maddie Fouts had four kills and two blocks for the Prophets, Olivia Hope-Toppert had four kills, Emily Brooks recorded two blocks and Taylor Swanson registered four digs.
Marquette wins Senior Night
BELLEVUE— Marquette Catholic battled out on Senior Night to take a home game from Edgewood-Colesburg in five sets.
Marquette won the first set 25-16, but then dropped the second two. Down 2-1, the seniors stepped up and took the fourth set 25-11 and edged Ed-Co in the fifth 16-14.
Lexi Swain had 10 kills on the night, and Teona Richman added nine more to the mix. Richman also had three blocks and 26 digs. Swain added another 20 digs, and Paige Lampe led the back-row effort with 28 digs.
Swain and Alyx Sieverding also had three service aces.
Setter McKenna Hingtgen hit a career milestone, passing 1,000 assists in the victory.
Marquette improved to 14-11 and will move to the Tri-Rivers Conference Tournament on Thursday.