The Sauk Valley Community College women’s volleyball team will play for fifth place at the NJCAA Division II National Championships on Saturday, after defeating Kirkwood 25-23, 27-25, 25-22 in the fifth-place consolation semifinals Friday afternoon in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Michal Willman had 33 kills, 10 digs, six blocks and three aces to lead the Skyhawks, with Kiley Sanders adding 13 kills, 13 digs and an ace. Jaelyn Fitzgerald finished with a kill and five blocks, Maddie Sands added 13 digs and six assists, Gabby Jones dished 19 assists, and Audra Goff chipped in 22 assists, three digs and three aces. Addyson Kinn stuffed three blocks.
Fifth-seeded Sauk (41-3) is looking to match its program-record fifth-place finish a year ago, in its sixth trip to nationals in the past eight seasons. They will play No. 6 seed Terra State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Dixon 41, Pecatonica 14: The Duchesses moved into the semifinals of the winner’s bracket at the Oregon Tip-Off Tournament, holding their opponent under 20 points for the second straight game.
Sam Tourtillott led Dixon (2-0) with 16 points, seven steals and six assists, Ella Govig finished with nine points and 10 rebounds, and Rylee Pfoutz added eight points, eight rebounds and four assists. Harvest Day chipped in four points and seven rebounds.
Amboy 36, Lena-Winslow 28: The Clippers picked up their first win of the season, shutting out the Panthers in the fourth quarter in an Oregon Tip-Off Tournament win.
Olivia Dinges led Amboy with 13 points, hitting three 3-pointers. Elly Jones added eight points, and Lexi Ketchum scored seven.
Erie-Prophetstown 43, Milledgeville 25: The Panthers led 12-4 after one quarter and 26-9 at halftime in an Oregon Tip-Off Tournament win over the Missiles.
Kennedy Buck and Hayley Wuebben each had 12 points to pace Erie-Prophetstown, and Sydney Schwartz scored 10.
Olivia Schurman’s eight points led Milledgeville, and Lily Smith scored seven.
Genoa-Kingston 50, AFC 21: The Raiders couldn’t keep up with the Cogs at the Oregon Tip-Off Tournament, falling behind 15-6 after one quarter, and trailing 23-8 by halftime and 46-15 through three periods.
Taylor Jahn scored 12 points to lead AFC.
Morrison 33, Galena 30: The Fillies finished an undefeated run at the Warren tournament, breaking away from a 23-23 tie after three quarters.
Shelby Veltrop scored 11 of her game-high 19 points after halftime for Morrison, and added 12 rebounds for a double-double, to go with four blocks and two assists. Camryn Veltrop finished with seven points, nine rebounds, six assists and four blocks.