PRINCETON — The Cardiac Kids did it again.
The Kewanee Boiler Girls had the Princeton Tigresses down by as much as 10 points late in the second set, not exactly the script the PHS seniors had written to remember their Senior Night experience at Prouty Gym. Much like they did Monday against Sherrard the Tigresses rallied to cap a 25-17, 26-24 victory.
Senior setter Michelle Kelly said the senior night rally made for good memories for her classmates.
“It was pretty exciting. We played a little down, but we came back. It was really good,” Kelly said. “I think we started out a little slow, and then we just picked it up. And everything started working out.”
Senior Rachel Frank brought the Tigresses all the way with an ace serve to tie the set at 24. She added a point on a Kewanee mishit and Kelly put the icing on the senior night cake with a push shot at 26-24.
“Senior night rally is exactly right,” PHS coach Andy Puck said. “Big time momentum swings. Kewanee played really well and got a lot of confidence. We did not play extremely well. But we were able to once again stay confident with one another, come back and finish off a solid team on senior night.”
Puck said the senior class has been one of the “hardest working, most reliable and fun group to be around.”
The Tigresses improved to 21-6 overall, 8-1 atop the Three Rivers Conference South Division with matches remaining at St. Bede, Hall and Orion.
PHS came out fired up on the first set with an all-senior lineup. Alicia Poss gave PHS a 10-4 lead and a kill by senior Kelly Schmidt in her first varsity start made it 19-8. The Tigresses led as much as 22-8 before settling in for a 25-17 win.
Poss led the Tigresses with nine kills with Ashley Farraher adding seven and sophomore Hailey Schultz six. Mollie Bates had nine digs with Kelly contributing 23 assists and eight points. Farraher and Becca Hult each added seven points.
• Tiger tales: Seniors and their parents were honored before the match, including Hailey Michael, Bates, Farraher, Hult, Frank, Kelly, Poss and Schmidt. ... The match might not be the seniors final appearance at home. They hope to return to Prouty Gym for the 2A sectional PHS will be hosting Nov. 5-7. The Tigresses are the No. 2 seed behind LaSalle-Peru at the Streator Regional. ... The PHS sophomores won their match 25-18, 25-14 while Kewanee claimed the freshmen match 25-16, 25-19.
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