The Sauk Valley Community College volleyball team went 3-0 to win the Region IV Tournament championship this weekend, earning a berth at the NJCAA National Tournament for the sixth time in eight years.
In Saturday’s quarterfinals, the Skyhawks (39-2) swept Olive Harvey 25-13, 25-9, 25-12. On Sunday, they defeated Highland 25-15, 10-25, 25-14, 26-24 in the semifinals, then downed Black Hawk 25-12,25-15, 25-23 in the title tilt.
Michal Willman had 50 kills, 43 digs and 14 aces in the three matches, and Kiley Sanders added 38 kills and 28 digs; both were named to the all-tournament team.
Also for Sauk, Tiana Tichler had 18 kills and four blocks, Jaelyn Fitzgerald finished with nine kills and three blocks, Juliana Rotella added eight kills and 15 digs, Kierra Collins had seven kills and seven blocks, Maddie Sands chipped in 46 digs and six aces, Gabby Jones had 51 assists and five aces, and Audra Goff finished with 47 assists and 14 digs.
The Skyhawks will play at the NJCAA Tournament Nov. 18-20 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Sauk Valley 74, Elmhurst JV 62: The Skyhawks led 22-15 after one quarter and 43-25 by halftime to win their home opener on Monday night.
Hailey Walters led Sauk with 30 points, hitting 12 shots, including three 3-pointers. Josie Rank scored eight baskets and hit eight free throws for 24 points, and Alejandra Padilla added 13 points, also hitting a 3.
Jackie Hurst led Elmhusrt JV with 15 points, Lindsay Novak hit three 3s and added 13 points, and Becca Christlieb chipped in 12 points.
St. Bede 2,863, Erie-Prophetstown 2,205: The Panthers dropped their season-opening dual against the Bruins.
Michael Miner led E-P with a 543 series and 217 game, and Bryce VanDeWostine added a 515 series and a 204 game.
Trenton Acuncius rolled a 604 series and a 225 game to lead St. Bede, and Thomas Matlock had a 596 series and a 226 game.
TRAC names all-conference teams: Newman senior Ally Clevenger and sophomores Kennedy Rowzee and Jessalin Johns were all named first-teamers on the Three Rivers East all-conference team, the league announced Monday.
Clevenger and Rowzee were unanimous selections, as was Princeton senior Katie Bates. Bureau Valley senior Ashley Nordstrom was also a first-team pick.
BV sophomore Kate Salisbury was a second-teamer, and Newman’s Paige Grennan, Shae McNeill and Katie Grennan were all honorable mention selections.
In the West division, Erie-Prophetstown sophomore Kennedy Buck was a first-team pick, while senior teammate Emma Davis was a second-teamer, along with Morrison sophomore Jordan Eads and junior Shelby Veltrop.