PRINCETON — The Princeton Tigresses did their best to spoil the Chillicothe IVC’s NCIC clinching championship party at Prouty Gymnasium Monday, but came up short
The Tigresses shook off a heart-breaking 27-25 defeat in the first set, bouncing back strong to even the match with a 25-23 decision in the second set. IVC opened up a 9-2 lead in the third set and cruised to a 25-17 victory.
With the win, the Lady Ghosts (24-2, 3-0) clinched the final NCIC championship. PHS fell to 19-8 and 1-2 in conference play.
In the end, the Tigresses couldn’t overcome their own misdoings. They had 10 service errors on the night, including five in the first set and four in the second.
The Tigresses showed spirit, battling back from a 20-14 deficit in the first set to take a 24-23 lead. A Michelle Kelly push tied the game back at 25, but IVC sided out with a block and won 27-25.
Again, in the second set, the Tigresses had their backs against the wall, down 20-14. They pulled even at 23 with Alicia Poss scoring on a block and Emmalee Sears with a cross for game point.
IVC first-year coach Hillary Haen knew her team would be in for a fight.
“They really showed us they can come back and take a game,” said Haen, a former University of Illinois setter. “That’s what I kept telling my girls in the third game is we need to respect this team enough to know that they can catch up to us and score.”
In the third game, the Tigresses couldn’t recover after falling behind 9-2. Mollie Bates closed the gap to 11-8 and the Tigresses held close at 14-11 and 15-12 before IVC outscored them 5-0 and 8-1 to win going away.
“I was really proud at how we came back in that second set,” Princeton coach Andy Puck said. “But once again, you give up four points (early) and you have to come back. You have to play sideout volleyball against a team like that, and we weren’t able to do that.
“We’ve got to play better, and that’s all there is to it. And I’ll take full credit for that. They weren’t ready to play and they weren’t ready to play the first four, five points.”
Senior Katherine Pranka had 11 kills in her final home match at Prouty Gym on Senior Night. Alicia Poss added seven kills and three blocks, Brooke Kamphuis had 18 digs and six points and Michelle Kelly had 24 assists, six points and 13 digs.
Both PHS and IVC have NCIC matches with St. Bede remaining.
Bureau Valley 2, Kewanee 0: The Storm cruised to a 25-7, 25-23 win in Three Rivers play on the road Tuesday. Sydney Lebahn led the Storm (7-14, 4-6) with 10 points, five aces and 22 assists. Danae Ross added eight points and eight digs, Heaven Bennett had 10 kills, Lindsey Hoffert seven kills and Brandi DeWaele five kills.
St. Bede 2, Roanoke-Benson 1: Coach Dawn Williams said the Lady Bruins finally found a lineup that worked in Tuesday’s 25-13, 16-25, 25-17 win in nonconference play over the Rockets, but had to overcome 12 hitting errors in the second set. Samantha Whalen had the hot hand at the service line with 16 points and added 10 digs. Also for the Lady Bruins (8-16), Lydia Stariha had 11 kills, Abbey Nowakowski had nine points and two aces, Morgan King had 13 digs and eight points and Maggie Kaniewski had eight kills.
Morrison 2, St. Bede 0: The Filllies rode off with a 25-22, 25-19 win at the Academy Monday. Stariha had four kills, Nowakowski seven points and two aces and King had eight digs and three aces.
Little 10 Tournament: No. 6 Indian Creek upset tournament host and No. 3 seed LaMoille/Ohio 25-15, 25-18 in Monday’s opening night of the LTC tournament. The Lady Lions will face No. 7 Hiawatha in Thursday’s consolation bracket at 5 p.m.
Thursday’s semifinals at LaMoille pit No. 1 Newark vs. No. 5 Serena at 6 p.m. followed by No. 2 Somonauk vs. No. 6 Indian Creek at 7 p.m.
Junior college: IVCC fell at Kishwaukee Tuesday 25-19, 33-31, 25-18. Johnna Schultz had seven points and 17 assists and Crystlynn Washkowiak 11 kills.