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Tigresses clinch TRAC South championship

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Princeton senior libero Mollie Bates makes a dive for a ball to the corner Tuesday night at Sherrard.
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Princeton’s Michelle Kelly makes a pass in Tuesday’s match at Sherrard.

SHERRARD — The Princeton Tigresses wrote the final chapter of their first year in Three Rivers Conference volleyball with a 25-14 25-9 win at Sherrard Thursday.

The win clinched the league championship in the TRAC South division, finishing at 11-1. Sherrard came in two losses, in position to force a share of the crown with the Tigresses.

Princeton wouldn’t have any part of it. They won the first set in convincing fashion and charged out to a 7-0 lead in the second.

“The girls are proud of our program and want to leave their mark on that board in Prouty (Gym),” PHS coach Andy Puck said. “I am so proud of my girls when they execute what we work on in practice. (Tuesday) and the whole conference has been a huge example of this.”

Senior Ashley Farraher served four straight points to break open the first set. Alicia Poss delivered the first point with a push shot and Hailey Schultz followed with a kill. Farraher served up an ace and Abby Jaques’ hit made it 17-10.

The Tigresses cruised from there, Becca Hult delivering a block for game point at 25-14.

Michelle Kelly served up the first seven points of the game in the second set as the Tigresses rolled to the sweep.

Farraher finished with 13 points and five aces. Kelly chipped in 14 assists and 10 points. Poss led the hitters with six kills and Schultz added four. Senior libero Mollie Bates had a team-high eight digs.

• Tiger tales: The championship is the eighth in school history, include five in the full NCIC conference, one divisional and one in the three-team league. ... Sherrard won both underclass matches, defeating the PHS sophomores (14-15-1, 6-6) 25-17, 25-14 and the PHS freshmen (7-22-1, 3-9) 25-14, 22-25, 15-2. … PHS will take a 28-7 record into the postseason as the No. 2 seed of the Streator 3A regional. The Tigresses will face Morris at 7 p.m. Tuesday. LaSalle-Peru (26-3) is the top seed.

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