NORMAL - LaSalle-Peru's hopes for a State championship were dashed in Saturday's IHSA 3A volleyball finals, the Lady Cavs falling 25-19, 25-7 to Wheaton St. Francis at Redbird Arena.
L-P (35-4) brings home its first State trophy since placing fourth in Class 2A in 1990.
In other Saturday finals, Fieldcrest dropped the third-place match to Deer Creek-Mackinaw 25-14, 25-10 in 2A. Elmhurst Immaculate Conception defeated Albion Edwards County 25-15, 25-19 for the 2A title
NORMAL - The LaSalle-Peru Lady Cavaliers will play for their first State volleyball championship in school history.
L-P defeated Chicago Payton 25-18, 25-17 in Friday's semifinals at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University. Standing in their way of that first state crown is Wheaton St. Francis, a 25-20, 25-10 winner over Breese Central.
The championship match is slated for a 5:30 p.m. start. St. Francis, a nine-time State champ under veteran coach Peg Kopec, brings in a 38-3 record.
L-P reached the IHSA State tournament for the first tiime since 1990, when it finished fourth in Class 2A in the old two-class system. The Lady Cavs (35-3) will atempt to become the Illinois Valley's first State volleyball champion since Princeton won the 1A title in 1990. The only other area school to reach the State finals is Mendota, which has done it twice - 1981 (A) and 1992 (A).
Class 2A: Fieldcrest fell to undefeated Albion Edwards County 25-22, 25-17 in the 2A semifinals. The Lady Knights (33-5-1), who are making the first State appearance since the Minonk school was formed in 1992, will take on defending 2A champion Deer-Creek Mackinaw for third-place at 12:25 p.m.
Edwards County will its 41-0 record up against Elmhurst Immaculate Conception (35-6) for the 2A title at 2 p.m. EIC was a 25-22, 25-17 winner over Dee-Mack.
Fieldcrest was the Hall Regional champion and won the Bureau Valley Super-Sectional on its road to Normal.