Chalk up another victory for the undefeated Pekin volleyball team.
The Lady Dragons’ 25-21, 25-17 win Tuesday over visiting Mid-Illini Conference foe Limestone at Dawson Hawkins Gym left them one victory short of tying the record for the best start to a season in program history.
Pekin (16-0-1, 7-0) is undefeated in 17 matches. The 1992 team started 18-0 before losing.
Hannah Thompson pounded down 13 kills for the Lady Dragons against Limestone. Haley Peterson dished out 21 assists, Olivia Theleritis and Maddy Cash each had eight digs and Madison Cravens had three blocks.
Pekin can tie the 1992 team’s start by winning Thursday at Dunlap.
The match will begin the second half of the Mid-Illini season.
A win for Pekin over Dunlap will tie another program record. Pekin hasn’t won more than eight Mid-Illini matches in a season since joining the conference in 2006. The Lady Dragons were 8-6 record last year.
CROSS COUNTRY: It was all Pekin on Tuesday in a cross country dual meet against visiting Mid-Illini Conference rival Canton.
The boys team won 15-51 and the girls team won 15-101. Scoring 15 points in a cross country meet means your team swept the top five places.
Kolton Dunkelbarger (15:18), Chase Paul (15:56), Brody Blackwell (17:16), Seth Kasinger (17:49) and Andrew Wolfe (17:50) achieved the feat for the Pekin boys team.
Dunkelbarger’s time was the best this season at the new Pekin course, beating the 16:08 clocked by a Tremont junior varsity runner, and will stand as the course record for several months because no more competitions will be held there this season.
“Kolton’s record is there for him and others to break next year,” said Pekin boys coach Cole Stoner.
The Pekin girls team’s top five against Canton were Paige Arseneau (19:31), Alex Bassen (20:05), Chloe Powell (21:19), Jayna Riley (21:23) and Madison Vicary (21:40).
“A great combination of hard work and finally some fall-like weather resulted in lots of personal records for both the boys and girls teams,” said Pekin girls coach Erika Gilmore.
GIRLS TENNIS: The Mid-Illini Conference dual match season ended on a positive note Tuesday for the Pekin girls tennis team.
The Lady Dragons drubbed host Limestone 7-2, losing only two singles matches.
“That was a much-needed win,” said Pekin coach Gary Garver. “Now we’re looking forward to the conference tournament (Oct. 8 at Washington) hoping we can pull off an upset or two.”
Abbie Latronico, Jaclyn Mulvey, Rachel Bresnahan and Camryn Kinney won singles matches for Pekin (4-5, 2-4) against Limestone. Kaitlin Dunn and Mulvey, Latronico and Kinney and Bresnahan and Gina Olsen won doubles matches.
BOYS SOCCER: Pekin gave Mid-Illini Conference boys soccer powerhouse Washington a battle Tuesday, but lost 4-0 on the road at Babcook Field.
“We defended well, but we ran out of gas,” said Dragons coach Gus Kormah, who starts six freshmen. “I’m proud of how far we’ve come.”
Cameron Behm scored a pair of goals for the Panthers and Ryan Kastl and Adam Tiesman had the other goals. Washington goalie Joshua Volmer made three saves.
Goalie Braden Smith stopped seven shots for Pekin.