Yep, the Pekin volleyball team remained undefeated in the Mid-Illini Conference on Tuesday with a 25-17, 25-19 win over visiting Washington at Hawkins Gym.
The Dragons (14-2, 5-0) haven’t dropped a game in conference play. They’ve swept all their foes.
Hannah Thompson had 11 kills and 10 digs for Pekin in the victory over Washington. Olivia Thleritis and Maddy Cash each had 13 digs and Molly Flannigan dished out 11 assists. Lauren Juergens contributed three blocks to the win.
Young Raiders: The East Peoria volleyball team is young, with only two seniors on the team and nine players getting their first experience of varsity volleyball. The Raiders are going through growing pains, but understand they’re building for the future.
“You have to remind yourself this is a building process and you’re not going to have your best game every game because everybody is young,” EP coach Laura Moore said.
Height is at a high point for the Raiders. Four players are 5-foot-11 or taller and they’re all underclassmen. Juniors Sarah LaHood and Taylor Borth, sophomore Mo Hoosen and freshman Brook Huff are hitters who give the Raiders several attacking threats.
“We’ve never had this many tall girls working together. It’s exciting,” Moore said.
High five for Little Giants: Canton’s volleyball team isn’t fazed by loud gyms. In fact, it tries to match the noise and excitement. It’s one of the focuses of first-year coach Felicia Appell.
“One thing I’ve been trying to change is building confidence and energy and showing passion,” she said. “We always try to have a positive attitude. That comes from everybody -- coaches, athletes and fans.”
The philosophy is working. The Little Giants have already matched last year’s win total of five. They finished 5-27 last year and entered play 5-10 Tuesday.
Junior hitter Cassidy Locke earned all-tournament honors at the Limestone Classic and Fulton County Tournament.
“Cassidy is one of our captains. She brings a lot of energy to our team and through that energy, everyone thrives,” Appell said.
After sickness forced senior Abby Swope into the starting lineup one night, she’s the most of the opportunity.
“Abby has really stepped up,” Appell said. “She’s throwing herself on the floor for everything.”
Peoria Journal Star contributed to this report. Steve Stein can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve.