ELGIN – The Geneva girls volleyball team knocked off Larkin, 25-14, 25-20, on Tuesday, setting up a showdown next week against St. Charles East.
If the Vikings (21-7, 4-1 Upstate Eight Conference River) can upend East next Tuesday, Geneva likely would share the UEC River title with St. Charles North, which, like East, also has one conference loss.
Vikings coach KC Johnsen was proud that his players didn’t overlook Larkin.
“They knew a couple of their kids are pretty solid players so I think the girls did a real nice job of not looking past them, and that especially showed in that first game,” Johnsen said. “We came out pretty well.”
Grace Loberg (seven kills), Kelsey Wicinski (21 digs), Maddie Courter (six blocks) and Megan Cameron (12 assists) paced Geneva.
Johnsen said the Vikings were “zeroed in” early.
“No matter who we set, they took a good swing, and if they didn’t [put it away], we played good defense and got another good swing,” Johnsen said. “I thought our offense was really diverse tonight.”
Harvest Academy 2, Aurora Christian 0 (29-27, 25-16): At Aurora, Aurora Christian dropped the non-conference match.
Kaneland 1, Yorkville 0: At Yorkville, Tyler Siebert scored off an Anthony Parillo assist in the first half to lead Kaneland (8-5-4, 5-2-2 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) to the win.
Neuqua Valley 5, Geneva 4: At Naperville, Geneva got goals from Matt Waldoch, Beck Nebergall, Igor Honore and Jason Lagger but the Vikings (7-10) dropped the UEC crossover. Lagger and Nebergall also had assists.
The Vikings will face the Wildcats again in a 3A regional semifinal Oct. 22 in Geneva.
Batavia 4, Bartlett 1: At Streamwood, Kevin Collins scored three goals and Jeff Lorden also tallied for Batavia (14-3-2) in the UEC crossover.
Burlington Central 4, Hampshire 1: At Hampshire, Paolo Sespene scored two goals and Matt O’Connor and AJ Gouriotis also scored to lead Central (18-2) to the non-conference win.