FULTON, Ill. – It was a welcome win for the Fulton volleyball team, who closed out their regular season with a comeback victory over Rockridge on their home court on Tuesday night.
The Steamers won 18-25, 25-22, 25-18.
It wasn’t a win that was handed to them by any means, but one that left them on a good note headed into the postseason next week.
With a healthy crowd at Stan Borgman Court, the Steamers came out just a little bit flat.
They fell behind quickly, with three hitting errors from the usually-reliable Emily Schipper littering the first few points and allowing the Rockets to jump out to a 12-6 lead.
At 14-8, head coach Stacy Germann called a timeout.
They came out of the huddle with an impressive cross-court kill from Schipper, but immediately saw a serving error, and it wasn’t there first. Altogether, the team committed 7 serving errors on the night and another 11 hitting errors, a lot coming in the first set.
The Steamers clawed their way back throughout the first, pulling within three points. Another timeout was called with the Rockets leading 22-18 but it was to no avail and Fulton dropped the first set.
The Steamers came out with a new fire to take the second two sets, including a huge turnaround from Schipper. She finished the night with a team-high 15 kills, adding two blocks and two aces to the mix.
Serving also improved, with 11 aces being served up by the Steamers in the three sets. In addition to Schipper’s two, Maddie Hodge served four and both Kylee Sweenie and Megan Bailey served another two a piece.
Bailey helped out at the net, too. She finished with eight kills on the night and a team-leading three blocks. Maddie Hodge put away another seven while only committing one of the team’s 11 hitting errors.
Kylie Collachia led the back row with 12 digs and libero Ally Curley also reached double digits with 10.
Fulton improved to 23-7 on the season with the final win, also going 8-1 in conference play.
The Steamers now turn their attention towards the postseason. Named the No. 2 seed in their regional, they kick off play on Monday in Earlville, Ill. The first opponent will be Kirkland (Hiawatha), and the winner of that contest will play the winner of Amboy-Shabbona next Wednesday.