Spikers go 4-1 at Macomb

Bryan Veginski
On the offensive: Washington senior setter Lindsey Boyer, left, gives junior Abby Clanin a chance to make an attack against the Dunlap volleyball team Thursday. The Eagles won the Mid-Illini Conference contest at home in three sets.

The Washington volleyball team continued its longtime mastery of Canton Oct. 6.

A 25-13, 25-14 home victory gave the Lady Panthers a sweep of the foes’ Mid-Illini Conference series.

Five different players led Washington in the major statistical categories.

Lindsey Boyer set up for 21 assists and Moriah Peterson salvaged 11 digs.

Abby Clanin contributed six kills and two was the magic number for Lady Panther leaders Lexie Barra (blocks) and Brittany Spurgeon (aces).

In the sophomores’ 25-11, 25-17 win, Emily Heuermann had nine aces and Cori Venegonia six. The Washington freshmen also won, 25-18, 25-16.

Dunlap 25-23-25, WCHS 20-25-20

The Eagles won a hotly-contested match Thursday.

Washington dropped to 5-5 in league play after a second loss this fall to Dunlap.

Barra had eight kills and five blocks on the road to lead the Lady Panthers. Clanin also recorded eight kills.

Peterson reached for a dozen digs, Boyer distributed 21 assists and Haley Houser rattled the Eagles with two aces.

“With the match on the line in set No. 3, they made all the plays,” WCHS head coach Chuck Heinz said of Dunlap.

Both Washington underclass teams were victorious. The sophomores prevailed, 25-10, 25-21. The freshmen outlasted Dunlap in three sets, 21-25, 25-8, 15-13.

Macomb Tournament

The Lady Panthers finished fourth Saturday with four wins in five tries.

In a 25-18, 25-9 victory over Petersburg PORTA, Barra and Clanin shared the kills lead with seven.

Barra also topped the squad with five aces, while Samantha Smith skied for three blocks.

Boyer chipped in 17 assists and Peterson eight digs.

Washington’s lone tournament loss came to Rock Island, 17-25, 14-25.

Boyer had a team-high 14 assists and the only block.

Peterson’s six digs and five Barra kills also were the most for the Lady Panthers.

Washington defeated Cuba North Fulton, 25-18, 25-18, as Heuermann and Barra rapped eight kills apiece.

Taylor Kuykendall led the way with 10 assists and an ace.

Sarah Misselhorn and Barra blocked three North Fulton attacks and Peterson responded with 11 digs.

In a 25-15, 25-9 throttling of West Hancock, Kiley Ruder had five aces.

Boyer contributed a big outing at setter with 25 assists.

Peterson’s 10 digs and Barra’s nine kills guided the Lady Panthers.

Washington (13-10) completed its fourth-place run with a 25-21, 25-1 win over Sherrard.

“Going 4-1 for the day is a nice day of work for our team,” Heinz said.

Boyer’s 17 assists and five aces overwhelmed the Tigers.

Kaitlyn Wright secured 13 digs, while Heuermann smacked seven kills.

Misselhorn and Clanin were co-leaders with three blocks.

Postseason: Washington is a No. 3 seed in its own Class 3A regional.

The Lady Panthers will face second-seeded Normal U-High at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29.

The other semifinal pits No. 1 seed Metamora against the winner quarterfinal winner between Central and Woodruff.

The regional final is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 31.