EARLVILLE, Ill. – The Fulton Steamers have said all along that a regional championship was one of their big goals this season.
As of Thursday, they may be able to check that off their list.
The Steamers earned a berth to the championship game on Wednesday night by defeating Amboy in two easy sets 25-19, 25-15.
After being granted the No. 2 seed, the Steamers will now face the No. 3 seeded Forreston Cardinals. They’ve had their eye on the Cardinals since the brackets were released.
“We are pretty close,” head coach Stacy Germann said. “We’re neck to neck with our records and teams that we played. That’s going to be our tough cookie in that.”
Kylie Collachia, the Steamers’ setter, joined with libero Ally Curley on the desensicve effort. Collachie picked up 13 digs and Curly added another 11 for 35 total passes.
Emily Schipper led the way at the net with nine kills. The combination of Maddie Hodge and Megan Bailey addeda nother nine to the mix and Keartson Norman picked up two.
It’s the second easy win for the Steamers so far this postseason, their first coming with a dominant victory over Hiawatha in which they allowed just 11 points in two sets.
The regional championship game against Forreston will take place in Earlville on Thursday at 6 p.m. The winner of that contest gets the regional title and will move on to sectional play. That begins Monday, Nov. 4 at Pecatonica High School. The winner of the Earlville regional will face the winner of the Dakota regional title game between Dakota and Durand.