Morton’s best players took over Oct. 21 in the team’s volleyball match with Washington.

Morton’s best players took over Oct. 21 in the team’s volleyball match with Washington.

The visiting Lady Panthers dropped an 11-25, 11-25 Mid-Illini Conference decision to the Potters as Shannon McGlaughlin had 19 kills and Brooke Bisping delivered 23 assists.

“We lost track of where Shannon was,” said WCHS head coach Chuck Heinz. “She had a great hitting night.”

Washington stayed with Morton at the outset of both games, but the Potters’ serving helped them gain control.

Kayleigh Skaggs and Lexie Barra were Lady Panther co-leaders with three kills. Moriah Peterson made six digs.

Lindsey Boyer’s seven assists were a team-high total.

Washington mustered just one block on the night, in game two, which was supplied by Sarah McCoy.

Morton setter Brooke Bisping kept the Lady Panthers guessing which way she was going with the ball.

Washington was seeking to regain some momentum before beginning postseason play.

“Hopefully we can get back on the right track before regionals,” Heinz said.

The Washington sophomores won, 25-20, 25-19, as Abby Clanin had eight kills and four
blocks. The freshmen also downed Morton, 26-24, 25-22.

WCHS 25-21-25, East Peoria 10-25-15: It was not easy Thursday, but the Lady Panthers made sure the seniors left as winners.

Washington (17-16, 6-8) strengthened its hold on fifth place in the conference with a Senior Night win over the Raiders.

Seniors played a leading role as McCoy had 12 kills and classmate Skaggs 10. Jamie Fussner, another senior, was the team leader with a dozen assists.

McCoy had four aces, while Peterson collected 10 digs. Barra turned away East Peoria attackers with five blocks.

The Lady Panthers completed a season sweep of the Raiders, who tied Pekin for sixth place.

The Washington sophomores lost for the first time in M-I, play, 25-6, 21-25, 13-15, despite four kills apiece from Clanin and Taylor Kuykendall. The freshmen derailed East Peoria, 25-14, 25-13.

Postseason: No. 2 seed Washington meets third-seeded Streator at 7 p.m. tonight in the semifinals of the Class 3A Metamora Regional.

The host Redbirds, seeded first, and No. 4 seed Woodruff battle an hour earlier in the first semifinal.

The regional final is set for 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Metamora Regional champion faces the Limestone Regional winner at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Washington Sectional semifinals.

Sophomores finish season with 21-5 mark
Washington did not lose a game Saturday in sweeping four matches in the Metamora Sophomore Tournament.

In the championship match, the Lady Panthers dropped Limestone, 25-22, 26-24, as Jennica Hipes led all scorers with 13 points.

Brittany Spurgeon and Kayla Parker had five kills apiece.

"We started the season in August with a goal of winning some type of championship,” said 14-year sophomore volleyball coach Clint Reed. “They clinched the Mid-Illini championship a week ago and  now they won the Mid-Illini tournament championship.”

Washington beat Pekin, 25-11, 25-13, to open pool play.

Clanin produced nine kills on 18 attacks, while Sarah Misselhorn assisted on 15 of the team’s 25 kills.

The second-round opponent was Morton, which Washington defeated Oct. 21 to clinch the M-I.

After trailing early in both games, the young Lady Panthers prevailed comeback wins of 25-20 and 25-23. 

After losing Clanin for the remainder of the tournament due to an ankle sprain, Hailey Houser picked up the slack with nine kills and just one error.

Washington defeated Dunlap in the final pool-play match, 25-19, 25-21.

Rachel Roan stepped up and contributed six kills and two blocks to send the Lady Panthers on to the championship match.

The Lady Panthers’ final record was 21-5.

“This was a great group to coach and I’m happy they got to experience what winning a championship(s) feels like,” Reed said. “I don’t think it will be their last before they graduate.”

Reed is now 288-57 as a sophomore volleyball coach, including 160-30 in the conference.