WOODSTOCK – Twenty one years passing can do a lot for your perspective.
The Kaneland volleyball team made its first sectionals appearance since 1991. The problem for the Knights, though, was facing Richmond-Burton.
Kaneland fell, 25-7, 25-18 in the Class 3A Marian Central Sectional semifinal on Tuesday night.
Knights coach Todd Weimer said just getting to this point is an accomplishment in itself.
“This is frosting,” Weimer said. “This is, really, uncharted waters. Hopefully we can build on this in future years.”
Kaneland (23-13) had no answer for the Rockets’ offensive attacks, especially junior outside hitter Ali Frantti. The Penn State commit had 17 kills for R-B (34-4).
Weimer said dealing with Frantti was tough on his defense, but trying to set up an offense after her hits was nearly impossible.
“You want to stuff block that because if you don’t stuff block it then she’s going to score on you again,” Weimer said. “For digging it, it’s got to be such a good dig that you’re going to run a three-option pass off the dig which is very difficult to do. It’s just tough.”
The Lady Knights struggled with the Rockets in the first game as R-B scored 12 consecutive points to close out the match, but Kaneland found something in the second game.
Down 20-12 at one point, the Lady Knights battled to go on a 6-1 run and got within three points at 21-18. The Rockets, though, scored four straight points to close out the match.
Weimer said he thought the team played a little tight in the first game, but finally loosened up in the second.
Ellie Dunn led Kaneland’s offense with six kills, Lyndi Scholl added four and Emily Laudont had three. Setter Ashley Prost had 10 assists.