Steamers overcome mistakes to down E-P

Clinton Herald Archive Photo/Kearra Kohrt (5) digs a ball out of the back row for the Steamers in their win against Erie-Prophetstown on August 21. Kohrt had four digs for Fulton in their first win of the season.

The Fulton High School volleyball team earned a bye in Monday’s Regional quarterfinals in preparation for Erie-Prophetstown on Tuesday night.

The Steamers came ready to play.

Fulton defeated E-P in two sets by scores of 25-18 and 26-24, using a tiebreaker victory in the second set to clinch a matchup with top-seeded Galena on Thursday in Savanna.

The Steamers relied on a balanced offensive attack, as Emily Schipper led the way with six kills while Daekota Knott added five and Maddie Hodge three.

Serving efficiency crept up as an issue towards the end of the regular season, but the Steamers alleviated their woes from the back line to commit just four errors while recording eight aces.

Ally Curley led Fulton with seven digs and Schipper had six.

No. 7 Fulton and No. 1 Galena are set to begin at 6 p.m. Thuesday at Savanna (West Carroll) for a trip to sectionals. The two teams did not meet during the regular season.