Avery Urbanski had eight digs, eight points, four assists and two blocks Tuesday as the No. 7-seeded La Salle-Peru volleyball team lost, 25-13, 25-23, to No. 3 Sterling in a Class 3A Sterling Regional semifinal.
“We started really slow in set one,” L-P coach Mark Haberkorn said. “We got behind early. But the second half of Set 1 we played them even. In Set 2, we played a lot better. We showed a lot of grit and heart in Set 2. The varsity, especially our five seniors, should be proud of the way we ended the season on a positive note in Set 2.”
Katie Sowers had five assists and five points for L-P, while Sarah Peters and Camryn Picia each put down three kills.
The Cavaliers, who graduate Urbanski, Peters, Maddie Freeman, Bella Lambert and Erica Antle, finish the season 10-24-1.
“We played everybody tough this year,” Haberkorn said. “A lot of matches just came down to who got the momentum and finished.”
Senior McKenzie Hecht had 13 kills Tuesday to help No. 1-seeded Princeton to a 25-6, 25-7 rout of No. 9 Farmington in a Class 2A Bureau Valley Regional semifinal in Manlius.
The Gartin girls, Maya (8) and Olivia (5), combined for 13 more kills.
Abby Peterson had 17 digs while Taylor Wetsel added eight points and seven digs and Katie Bates had 25 assists for the Tigresses (26-6-2), who will meet No. 4 Knoxville (19-16) in the championship at 6 p.m. Thursday.
“Believe it or not, we were a tick or two off in some areas. I’m not going to name certain areas. I have seen us play better,” PHS coach Andy Puck said. “We just took care of business and that’s kind of what this week is, take care of business.”
Knoxville advanced with a 25-16, 25-21 win over No. 5 Bureau Valley.
Ashley Nordstrom had a team-high nine kills and 15 digs, while Kate Salisbury added 16 assists and five digs for the Storm (13-19-1).
“They came out and played great. They found where our weaknesses were and kudos to them. Good luck to them and Princeton Thursday night,” BV coach Caitlyn DeMay said. “Our girls didn’t give in. They gave them a good fight. They were the better team tonight.”
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Earlville def. Aurora Christian, 25-18, 25-12
In the quarterfinals of the Class 1A Indian Creek Regional, the No. 3-seeded Red Raiders advanced to the semifinals with the victory, led by six kills apiece from Brynn Guelde and Nevaeh Sansone, 15 assists and four aces from Emma Benson and seven digs courtesy of Hailey Kuter. Earlville faces the sixth-seeded regional hosts Wednesday in the second semifinal, starting after the 5:30 p.m. Newark-Somonauk semifinal.
Tri-Valley def. Fieldcrest, 18-25, 25-19, 27-25
In the quarterfinals of the Class 2A Eureka Regional, the No. 7-seeded Knights won the opening set and nearly upset No. 3 Tri-Valley before falling in extra points of the rubber set to see its season come to a close with a record of 26-6.
Bella Fortner tallied nine assists, Carolyn Megow had six digs, Kaya Buchanan had two blocks and Allie Wiesenhofer added seven kills for Fieldcrest.
La Salle-Peru co-op 131, Rockford Christian 16
The Cavaliers won nine of 11 events Tuesday to roll to a victory in La Salle.
Peyton Heagy and Clara Guglielmetti each won a pair of individual events. Heagy won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:59.86 and the 100 butterfly in 1:02.33, while Guglielmetti claimed the 50 freestyle in 26.63 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 1:00.24.
Carl Sandburg def. IVCC, 26-24, 25-18, 25-21
La Salle-Peru graduate Aubrey Garretson had 21 digs and seven kills Tuesday as the Eagles lost an Arrowhead Conference match in Oglesby.
Fellow L-P alumnae Paige Champlin added 29 assists and 16 digs for IVCC.