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L-P cuts down Sycamore

PRINCETON — LaSalle-Peru had a sweet volleyball team. Now the Lady Cavs are among the elite in Class 3A.

The Lady Cavaliers toppled Sycamore 25-18, 25-20 to claim the Princeton 3A Sectional championship at Prouty Gym.

It is L-P’s first sectional championship since 2000. Now in the Elite Eight of Class 3A, the Lady Cavs (33-3) advance to the Washington Super-sectional to face Champaign Centennial (31-8) at 7 p.m. Saturday.

While Sycamore (19-21) started strong in both sets, eventually the LaSalle-Peru attack was too much for Sycamore. Sophomore outside hitter Taylor Gibson was the power hitter in the L-P lineup, recording nine kills in Game 2 alone.

“When she got to the front row, she was on fire,” Sycamore coach Eric Nore said. “We had no answer for her, there was no doubt about it. That’s a credit to not only great players, but great coaches and great focus and discipline.”

“They had a really strong offense. They’re a good team; they’re pretty tall,” Sycamore senior libero Christina Dailey said. “They were a really solid team.”

Sycamore bows out at 19-21 ending its surprising postseason run

“We had a good season with a great run at the end,” Nore said. “I know teams that have losing records aren’t supposed to make it this far. Never had that opinion of my team.

“We knew what we had, knew what we had to do to be successful and I’m really proud of my girls, and the future that lies ahead of us.”

Notes: L-P seeks its first state finals appearance since 1990 when it finished fourth in Class AA in the former two class system. That same year, Princeton won the Class A championship and Mendota also reached the Elite eight. … Mendota official Patti Blumhurst was in the lead chair for Thursday’s championship game. … One L-P student slicked his hair back and added some gray as a tribute to longtime L-P coach Mark Haberkorn. They posed for a picture during the post game celebration. ... Centennial won its fourth sectional in six years.

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