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Tigresses take third at Plano Invitational

Princeton headed local entries in Saturday’s Plano Invitational volleyball tournament on Saturday with a third-place finish.

LaMoille/Ohio and St. Bede also made the trip.

The Tigresses swept pool play, defeating Southland Prep 25-5, 25-4 and Serena 25-16, 25-13. In the second round, they defeated Genoa-Kingston 25-22, 25-16, but lost to Timothy Christian 25-15, 25-18 in the semifinals. They finished the day with a 25-14, 25-22 win over Little Ten Conference league leader Newark 25-14, 25-22.

“The kids played great. We fought with every team we played until the final point,” PHS coach Andy Puck said. “Our back row played awesome while in serve receive, hitter covered and defensively. Our front row was very quick to balls and balanced as (setter) Michelle Kelly made good decisions.”

Alicia Poss led the Tigresses with 29 kills with Ashley Farraher adding 22, Hailey Schultz 21 and Becca Hult 20. Kelley dished out 88 assists and chipped in 26 points. Hult tallied a team-high 32 points to go with five aces. Other contributions came from Mollie Bates (23 digs, 14 points), Rachel Frank (23 points, 11 digs) and Hailey Michael (19 points, 8 digs, 4 aces).

St. Bede started 2-0 in pool play, defeating Sandwich 25-18, 25-16 and LaMoille/Ohio 25-19, 25-20. In bracket play, the Lady Bruins lost to Newark 25-22, 5-23 and Peotone 25-18, 25-21. In the seventh-place match, Genoa-Kingston beat St. Bede 25-21, 25-11, leaving the Lady Bruins with an eighth-place finish.

On the day, Morgan King led the Lady Bruins (15-17) with 31 points, five aces and 58 digs. Morgan Bosnich had 39 assists with 20 points and four aces. Other top contributors included Claire Dudek (26 kills), Samantha Whalen (17 kills, 37 digs), Emma Perona (16 points, 3 aces), Katie Joerger (15 points, 25 digs), Olivia Mueller (13 kills, 6 blocks) and Hanna Bima (13 kills, 6 blocks).

LaMoille/Ohio went 2-3 overall, falling to Little Ten rival Hinckley-Big Rock 15-25, 25-24, 15-11 in the consolation championship match. The Lady Lions also fell to Westmont 25-15, 25-19 and St. Bede in pool play while defeating the West Aurora JV 25-17, 19-25, 15-6 and Earlville/Leland 25-22, 25-17 in bracket play.

Leading contributors for the Lady Lions included Shiela Browning (16 digs, 4 aces, 42 kills), Alyssa Martin (19 kills), Elizabeth Geuther (14 kills, 5 blocks), Toni Lawrence (9 kills, 8 blocks), Erin Bennett (9 digs, 29 assists, 4 kills), Rae Schultz (17 digs, 53 assists), Vanessa Martinez (22 digs, 6 aces), Madi Walker (20 digs) and Ragen Forbes (66 digs, 11 aces).

All-tournament selection went to Princeton’s Farraher, LaMoille/Ohio’s Forbes and St. Bede’s Bosnich.

At Varna: The Putnam County Lady Panthers captured the Tri-County Conference tournament, dispatching host Midland 25-14, 25-20 in Saturday’s finals.

The Lady Panthers (23-4-1) placed three players on the All Tournament team — Paige Griffith, Annie Miller and Taylor Erjavsek.

At Sandwich: The Princeton sophomores placed fifth out of 16 teams at Sandwich Saturday, finishing the day 3-0-2. The Tigresses split with Leland/Earlville and Sandwich and beat LaMoille/Ohio in pool play. They came back with 2-1 win over Peotone in crossover play and ended the day with a 2-0 win over Lisle to take fifth.

At Bureau Valley: Kewanee won Saturday’s freshman tournament at Bureau Valley. St. Bede took second, Princeton third and Bureau Valley fourth.

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