Ladies crush visitor
Washington made a terrific turnaround in game one, but Metamora eventually prevailed in three games in a Mid-Illini Conference volleyball tussle Sept. 9.
The Lady Panthers fell to the host Redbirds, 25-18, 17-25, 16-25, for their first loss of the season.
After facing an early deficit in the opening game, Washington came back and turned the momentum in its favor.
But Metamora, the defending league champions, rebounded to take the next two games in the M-I opener.
Shauna Friedmansky provided eight kills and was the Lady Panther co-leader with Jamie Fussner with two aces.
Fussner also chipped in 11 assists, while Lexie Barra made a trio of blocks.
Moriah Peterson supplied Washington with a match-high 19 digs.
The Lady Panther sophomores won, 17-25, 25-21, 15-12, but the freshmen lost to the Redbirds, 15-25, 25-22, 10-15.
WCHS 25-25, Canton 15-12: The Lady Panthers evened their Mid-Illini mark by bashing the Lady Giants Thursday.
Peterson and Kaitlyn Wright made six digs apiece, while Lindsey Boyer paced Washington with eight assists and two aces.
Five was a lucky number for Sarah McCoy in the blocking category and Kayleigh Skaggs in the kills department.
“Our ball control was good and that leads to a good offense,” WCHS head coach Chuck Heinz said.
Behind five Abby Clanin kills, the Lady Panthers also were on top in the sophomore match, 25-12, 25-11. The freshmen won, 25-18, 25-4.
Jacksonville Invitational: Washington lost four of five matches Saturday in a talent-laden field.
The Lady Panthers fell in three games to Jacksonville Routt Catholic, 15-25, 25-17, 18-25, in the first contest in their pool.
Friedmansky had 10 kills and McCoy three blocks for Washington against the Lady Rockets.
Peterson racked up 20 digs and Boyer distributed 14 assists. Kacy Woith was a star at the service line with four aces.
The Lady Panthers outlasted Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin, 25-23, 25-22, for its fifth win of the season.
McCoy’s six kills and three blocks led the way.
Peterson made nine more digs and Woith chipped in another three aces.
Kelsey Doglio contributed 13 assists against the Blazers.
In a Mid-Illini preview, Washington lost, 12-25, 12-25, to Morton.
Barra and McCoy made three blocks apiece and Friedmansky rapped five kills.
Peterson had seven digs while Wright landed an ace. Boyer was responsible for seven assists.
Normal West emerged a 25-17, 25-21 winner in the semifinals of the white division.
McCoy’s six kills and two blocks topped the Lady Panthers.
Boyer had 13 assists, Peterson eight digs and Wright an ace.
Routt took third in the division with a 25-19, 25-18 victory.
Boyer and Peterson hit double figures with 10 assists and 10 digs, respectively, and Freidmansky rose for six blocks.
Wright poked five kills and Fussner registered a half-dozen aces.
Metamora won the tournament championship, but it may not have been possible without Washington’s assistance.
The Redbirds’ bus broke down just north of Springfield, but the M-I rival Lady Panthers came along and provided a ride to the tournament site.
Washington (5-5) attempted to regroup when it traveled to Dunlap yesterday.