Girls dust Rockets

Bryan Veginski

At this rate, Washington will not be looking up at Limestone for long.

The Lady Panthers won for the second time in Mid-Illini Conference play Oct. 13 against the Rockets and drew closer to them in the standings.

In a 25-20, 25-20 home victory on Pack the Place Night, Washington was led by sophomore Emily Heuermann’s six kills.

Washington led all the way in the first set before overcoming a four-point deficit in the second.

The Lady Panthers are delivering good performances lately against strong opponents.

“It seems like we’re playing well against good competition,” WCHS head coach Chuck Heinz said. “Hopefully we can sustain that.”

Consecutive kills by Heuermann and Abby Clanin made it 7-3 Washington in the opening set.

Lexie Barra found a hole in the Limestone defense to start a 6-0 spurt that gave the Lady Panthers an 18-8 bulge.

During the sequence, Lindsey Boyer served a pair of aces.

Immediately following Washington’s run, the Rockets embarked on an 8-2 push to get within 20-16.

Ahead just 23-20, Haley Houser was inserted for the Lady Panthers.

She quickly made an impact with a slam that put Washington on the brink of a set-one win.

Just as fast, Clanin landed an ace to give the Lady Panthers the first strike.

Limestone was up 10-6 in set two before a nice play by Boyer and a trio of errors created a tie.

The teams also were deadlocked at 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18 and 19 before four consecutive Washington points created a 23-19 separation.

Clanin provided a dink and a kill before her tip answered a slam by Payton Clarahan of Limestone to make it 24-20.

Samantha Smith’s kill ended the match with matching set scores.

Heuermann paced the Lady Panthers with six kills.

“She played really well,” said Heinz of Heuermann, who first received extended varsity playing time when Houser was injured in the Macomb Tournament.

Washington’s balanced attack makes it hard for foes to key on one player. Barra, Smith and Clanin all contributed at least four kills.

Boyer was the team leader with 18 assists and three aces.

Moriah Peterson chipped in 12 digs and Clanin two blocks.

The Lady Panther sophomores climbed into a conference tie with Limestone after a 25-17, 25-17 win in which Natalie Hamilton had seven kills, Lindsey Watson four blocks and Kathleen Stark three aces. The freshmen lost to the Rockets, 25-13, 8-25, 13-15.

WCHS 25-25, Pekin 15-12

The Lady Panthers dominated the Dragons Oct. 15.

Washington ran its conference record to 7-5 and joined Limestone in fourth place heading into the final week of M-I action.

Heuermann had 10 kills and Barra four blocks to lead the Lady Panthers at the net.

Team-highs were supplied by Kaitlyn Wright with nine digs and Boyer with 22 assists.

Boyer and Clanin served three aces apiece.

The sophomores were led by Karlie Diveley’s seven digs in a 26-24, 25-17 win over Pekin. The Washington freshmen won in three sets, 25-21, 21-25, 15-10.

Between both schools, the announced money raised in the Volley for the Cure event for Susan G. Komen for the Cure was more than $6,600.

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The Lady Panthers’ three wins Saturday earned them third-place honors.

Washington went 3-0 in Red Pool play with victories over Romeoville, Decatur MacArthur and Bradley-Bourbonnais.

Mary Gabbert, who led the Lady Panthers with two aces, served seven points in a row to start the first set of a 25-17, 25-20 win over Romeoville.

Houser and Barra cracked five kills apiece for Washington, and the latter player had three blocks.

Boyer contributed 16 assists and Peterson six digs.

Clanin’s six aces helped the Lady Panthers dispatch MacArthur, 25-14, 25-10.

Heuermann delivered a handful of kills  Peterson six digs and Boyer 15 assists. Barra and Clanin both rose for two blocks.

Washington upended Bradley-Bourbonnais, the host school, 25-14, 25-19, as Boyer distributed 19 assists.

Houser landed nine kills and Sarah Misselhorn a block.

Barra had three aces and Peterson and Wright five digs each.

“One of our objectives was to win a pool and go to the championship round,” Heinz said.

Lanark Eastland, the defending Class 1A state champion, handed the Lady Panthers their first tournament loss.

Boyer’s 11 assists and Wright’s 10 digs were not enough to tame the Cougars.

Houser chipped in six kills, Barra two blocks, and Barra and Wright had aces.

Moline held off Washington (18-12) in the teams’ final contest, 29-27, 25-22.

Barra had a monster match with nine blocks and eight kills, both team-leading totals.

Boyer provided 18 assists and Peterson 14 digs. Barra and Houser burned the Maroons for aces.

Barra and Houser were all-tournament selections.

Richwoods 25-25, WCHS 23-22

The Knights won a close affair Monday.

Washington (18-13) settled for a non-conference split with Richwoods after defeating the Mid-State 6 Conference champion in Jacksonville in September.

Five different players were categorical leaders for the Lady Panthers.

Heuermann had seven kills and Houser eight digs.

Boyer’s 18 assists, Clanin’s three aces and Barra’s two blocks also paced Washington at home.

The sophomores were extended in set two, but won, 25-17, 29-27 as Watson had seven kills. The Lady Panther freshmen produced an easier 25-8, 25-12 victory.